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Hey guys,

Looking to build a new rig with intel instead of AMD CPU. I'm a pretty heavy gamer, which Intel CPU would you recommend. Money isn't really a big deal.
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3930K
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post #3 of 32
4770k i7 is generally the go to if you're not on any kind of budget.
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i5 4670k or better
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A 2500k is still really good, and they're dirt cheap on Craigslist.
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post #6 of 32
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Originally Posted by jriley9922 View Post

4770k i7 is generally the go to if you're not on any kind of budget.

This.

No point going with the 2011 socket when it comes to gaming,
even if you're not really on a budget. Nobody likes wasting money, right ?
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post #7 of 32
Buy i5 mate , no reason to go with i7 only for games, better spend more on gpu.
post #8 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by JambonJovi View Post

This.

No point going with the 2011 socket when it comes to gaming,
even if you're not really on a budget. Nobody likes wasting money, right ?

Exactly. If you aren't planning on making use of those extra cores and threads a 4770k wins out. Better gaming and single thread performance for a cheaper price.
 
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post #9 of 32
if money dnt matter 4770k. however I am happy with both my 4670k rigs.
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any i5's. then add the extra cash for a powerful GPU.
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