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None of them are good for gaming until we get benchmarks. Just saying. It's like asking people "Which one is better, the HD7000 or the GTX600?".
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My 965 BE isn't really the best for gaming, and the architecture is getting a little outdated
Wut. Get a better video card, or a second one. Seriously. my i3 + 470 can dominate any game I have ever thrown at it. The CPU is only part of the equation. Video card is much much more important video game wise.
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There's no way of knowing until BD is released so I guess play the waiting game like the rest of us.
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We won't actually know until it comes out.

Based on current trends on core use in games, I'd say at least 6 cores if you want to have the CPU for at least a year or so. But of course this is purely based on what I've experienced.
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CPU tech moves so fast there is no point in getting more cores for "future proofing" since by the time the future arrives there will be a new generation of cpus out with higher per core performance.
While true... not everybody has the money or would like to purchase a new CPU every year. There is a good portion of this forum that still have core2's or early stepping i7's.

@ OP
I think 6 cores is the sweet spot, but we won't really know anything until bulldozer is launched and benched.
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Wut. Get a better video card, or a second one. Seriously. my i3 + 470 can dominate any game I have ever thrown at it. The CPU is only part of the equation. Video card is much much more important video game wise.
This. Your money is better spent on your video card at this point (unless you were planning on upgrading it at the same time, of course).
    
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Wut. Get a better video card, or a second one. Seriously. my i3 + 470 can dominate any game I have ever thrown at it. The CPU is only part of the equation. Video card is much much more important video game wise.
+2

I'm using a 955 and at stock I never had any problems with any game. Currently overclocked and it's a ******* beast! put your money into getting the best 7000 series when they come out for good game performance with your overclocked phenom and you won't have any problems.
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While true... not everybody has the money or would like to purchase a new CPU every year. There is a good portion of this forum that still have core2's or early stepping i7's.

@ OP
I think 6 cores is the sweet spot, but we won't really know anything until bulldozer is launched and benched.
Sure, but we're still sitting here in 2011 waiting for HT to matter for quad cores from Intel, or for the x6 from AMD to matter in anything except benchmarks over x4's.

A fast dual core gets you through almost every game out there, a fast quad at this point is actually overkill for most gaming.

I think it's pretty bold given how long quads have been out, and how long x6 and 8/12 thread chips have been out to say that simply because bulldozer is offering more cores games will take advantage of them within the life cycle of it actually mattering.

I would wait for benchmarks when it comes out, I wouldn't look at anything higher than a quad core if your sole purpose is gaming. If you plan to keep the chip for years on end, don't, sell it and use the money to upgrade within the same family - If a time actually comes where it's warranted. Over-paying now for cores you don't need does not make ones future certain.
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+2

I'm using a 955 and at stock I never had any problems with any game. Currently overclocked and it's a ******* beast! put your money into getting the best 7000 series when they come out for good game performance with your overclocked phenom and you won't have any problems.
+3

I'm using a 555 clocked up to 4 Ghz with a mediocre video card and I can play every game out right now. My next move is to get a better video card, the CPU does just fine. Later, after the dust settles from BD's arrival, I will either get a 4 core Zambezi or a reduced price 9xx and keep on keeping on.
    
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Get the quad. Its a known that it will be an improvement over the Phenom II. How big it is we don't know but we do know it will be a significant one. Considering the price range of the 8 core... or the suspected range... the quad is looking to be very affordable. And who knows it might be unlockable too
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