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Ok i know this has been asked before but what is the best CPU for GAMING and a little Overclocking i can afford a 2500k but i would like to go cheaper
 
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post #2 of 21
Phenom II 955/965/970 can be had for quite a bit less. They still have plenty gaming left in them. Of course the 2500k would last longer, but if you want cheaper.. you get cheaper.
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post #3 of 21
From the Intel side you don't really have any choice aside from the 2500K if you want to be able to OC. Only the K-series processors have unlocked multipliers, and ocing from bus speeds is supposed to be a big no no.

From AMD, you could probably pick up a 965 or 1055T + 990FX motherboard. Slightly less performance per clock, but if you're on a tight budget you wouldn't be looking to SLI/Xfire in the immediate future anyway.
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2500k is probably the best value for price/performance. If you really need to go cheaper, you could get a phenom II I guess, but it's really hard to beat a 2500k at its price point. Nothing under the 2500k on the intel side could give you any real overclocking potential.

Granted, phenom II would be faster than your current processor, but I believe the 2500k would just be the best value, even if it may be on the top of your budget.
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post #5 of 21
intel i5-2500k, quad core, unlocked multiplier. can be had for around $200, give or take 20 bucks.

AMD Phenom II x4 960T, quad core, Thuban chip with two locked cores, $125.

intel i3-21xx, dual core with HT, locked multiplier, you might be able to squeeze out a few hundred mhz, around $120.
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post #6 of 21
2500k is all there is mate, no point going for an amd rig there all poop in comparison, fail dozer tanked, and phenom isnt really a comparison for the beastly 2500k
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I just bought a 2500k from NCIXUS for $189.99.

They still have it for that price.
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post #8 of 21
The 2400 is fantastic if you aren't looking to overclock.
post #9 of 21
Really it depends on how many GPU's you plan to have, 1 GPU, AMD x4 is fine, 2+ GPU's 2500k.
post #10 of 21
CPU's mean little to gaming, unless you plan to get an extreme GPU setup. A cheapo i3-530+H55 mobo or i3-2100+H61/H65 mobo will work wonders when paired with a single GTX 580/HD 6970, or SLI 560 Ti's/CF 6870's, as most games are more GPU bound.

Want proof? check my sig. Need more? Check this Battlefield 3 CPU Scaling chart.

Also, Quad-core Phenoms aren't bad as well, in most gaming situations behave the same as Intel. Hell, i was able to play BF3 and SCII on a Phenom x2 555 stock + one of my 450's (friend's PC) and i felt little to no difference to my own rig.
Edited by Starbomba - 10/29/11 at 10:04pm
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