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What's the best CPU for gaming so far?

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I know that it is an Intel CPU but which one is it? I don't care about the price because I just want to know, not buying it for now (maybe in the future). Please be real.
Thanks.
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Depends how you define "best"

Best is an i7 3960x but it is a total waste of cash and utter pointless overkill for a gaming system.

Best Price/Performance before diminishing returns kick in would be an i5 3570k for gaming.
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Originally Posted by WR6133 View Post

Depends how you define "best"

Best is an i7 3960x but it is a total waste of cash and utter pointless overkill for a gaming system.

Best Price/Performance before diminishing returns kick in would be an i5 3570k for gaming.

Agreed. The 3960x is by far the best consumer processor however it is in no where worth the extra cost over a 3570k or 3770k, which are the two best I would recommend.
post #4 of 78
3570k? Most games don't yet really utilize all the cores of anything beyond that. The 3960 / 70X wins in benchmarks, but that isn't realistic option for gaming PC as the difference isn't actually noticeable.
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3930k is nice, doesnt cost as much as the 60 / 70, excellent performace, good all round.
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3930k or 3960k either one works.biggrin.gif
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If you decide to buy a single GPU system I suggest you buy 3770k or wait for the haswell successor.

If you decide going SLI I suggest buying the 3930k because they have 40 PCIE lanes available. But keep in mind PCIE 3.0 is only for ivy bridge. So again it's a really weird time.

I am waiting for Haswell or Ivy Bridge Ex. I will probably go with Haswell though if it overclocks well. But I don't expect much from it.

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Originally Posted by jonashendrickx View Post

If you decide to buy a single GPU system I suggest you buy 3770k or wait for the haswell successor.


If you decide going SLI I suggest buying the 3930k because they have 40 PCIE lanes available. But keep in mind PCIE 3.0 is only for ivy bridge. So again it's a really weird time.


I am waiting for Haswell or Ivy Bridge Ex. I will probably go with Haswell though if it overclocks well. But I don't expect much from it.

A 3770K for gaming.....

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Thanks guys for the replies. Okay, one last thing, between i7-3970X, i7-3960X, i7-3930K, i7-3770K, i7-2700K and i5-3570k, which is truly the best for gaming?
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best for the money: i5-3570k
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