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post #1 of 7
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Hiya,

I'm looking for parts for my first tower, and I was wondering whats the best Price-to-Power CPU for mid-ranged gaming and high-leveled programming/compiling. Which brand would be best for my needs? AMD or Intel?

Also, in the CPU retail boxes, is there a provided Heatsink?

-Blackino
post #2 of 7
It depends on what your total budget is honestly. The i5 2500k is really a great deal at around 180$ or so, but the thing is even though the processor is only 180, the motherboard you get will make a great deal of difference as well and mother boards range to all kinds of different prices.

Or you could go cheaper and get AMD and go with a Phenom II x4 or x6 for probably 120-140 for the cpu and get a cheaper motherboard and it would mostly handle anything you throw at it.

It really depends on your total budget, not just the budget you have set for the cpu.

and for retail, usually there is a heatsink included UNLESS it says otherwise or is label OEM. OEM processors are just the chip with no heatsink.

Hope I helped. Welcome to OCN
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post #3 of 7
You're still being a bit vague. Do you have a ballpark budget?

Also, retail CPUs usually include a cooler. It ought to be stated explicitly if not.
post #4 of 7
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Thanks Nano5656, and my budget is $1200.
post #5 of 7
For just the tower? A 2500K-based system should do nicely, then.
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by t-ramp View Post
For just the tower? A 2500K-based system should do nicely, then.
Should said that 100 for the budget is the monitor (24'' Gateway Monitor)
post #7 of 7
You should still be fine going with the 2500K.

Also, I'm not as up-to-date with the upcoming CPU information as some, so you might want to look up the threads on Bulldozer and get informed on your other options.

How about the OS? If you're a student you can probably get Windows for $30, if not less. Of course, the Developer Preview is free if you're up to it.
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