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[Tom'sHardware] Best Gaming CPU's For The Money: October 2011

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AMD's long-awaited FX-series CPUs arrived in October, and we discuss the impact that the company's Bulldozer architecture has on gaming. AMD also introduced other products into retail, including its Phenom II X4 960T, A4-3300, and Phenom II X2 270.

If you don’t have the time to research benchmarks, or if you don’t feel confident enough in your ability to pick the right processor for your next gaming machine, fear not. We at Tom’s Hardware have come to your aid with a simple list of the best gaming CPUs offered for the money.

October Updates

AMD's FX-family launch is the most important news in this month's update. The unfortunate reality is that these ~2 billion-transistor processors don't seem to offer gamers much value beyond AMD's prior-generation CPUs. Needless to say, that's a big disappointment for AMD fans hoping they'd get a platform better able to hang with Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture. Instead, Intel's lower-cost Core i3s and Core i5s are likely better (and less expensive) options.
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There's no need to argue over the reality of the situation. These are the BEST GAMING CPU's for the money.
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I notice the total lack of Bulldozer mention in their recommendations.
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I notice the total lack of Bulldozer mention in their recommendations.
There is a reason for that. . .

Also, keep in mind that they list the MSRP as the actual price. You can get several of those CPU's for a decent amount under MSRP.

Right now Intel has a pretty big strong hold on the gaming CPU market.
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Woot 2600k ftw
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Just picked up my Phenom II X4 955 for BF3. Upgraded from Athlon II X2 250 and it sure does make a nice difference. I really like it for being just over $100.
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woot! 8150 completely absent!
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I <3 my 955BE
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I <3 my 955BE
Same, I've had one since it came out. I still have the upgrading itch, but not sure a 2500/2600 is worth a mobo and cpu swap to upgrade when the 955 still chugs alone fine
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on the Hierarchy Chart, the FX 8150 comes in ABOVE my 1090t??? damn, maybe i'll just sell it and get one o' dem PII 955s!
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No. 8 on the CPU heirachy
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