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Hi just wanted to know what the best gaming CPU for around $300
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Ghost of Sparta
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post #2 of 37
All will say (maybe not all but hey) either q6600, e8400 or q9450 (a little pricier). GL
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i7 920 D0 - 3913B269 Foxxconn Bloodrage Sapphire 6950 2GB flashed to 6970 BIOS 6GB G-Skill Trident 2000mhz 
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2x OCZ Vertex 2 160GB in RAID 0 Samsung Swiftech H2O-320 W7 Ultimate 64bit 
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Acer 24" AL2423Wdr Acer 24" P243W DAS Model S & Cherry My 7000 Seasonic 860wt Platinum+ 
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In progress R.A.T. 7 Creative Titanium HD Fiio E9 
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Denon AH-D2000 AKG Q701 Grado SR225i Audio-Technica ATH-A900 
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Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 
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e5700 HD6670 Ceton InfiniTV 4 4GB G-Skill DDR2 1066 
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60 GB Agility 3 (OS Drive) Hitachi 3TB (TV Buffer and Recording) LG Blu-Ray Burner Windows 7 Ultimate 
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58" Samsung Plasma DH101 Polk CS2 (Center) Polk Monitor 70 (FL/FR) 
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Polk Monitor 60 (RL/RR) Polk Monitor 40 (Surround L/R) Definitive Technology Supercube 2000 Onkyo HT-RC360 
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T9550 G51VX nVidea 260m 4GB DDR2 1066 
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i7 920 D0 - 3913B269 Foxxconn Bloodrage Sapphire 6950 2GB flashed to 6970 BIOS 6GB G-Skill Trident 2000mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x OCZ Vertex 2 160GB in RAID 0 Samsung Swiftech H2O-320 W7 Ultimate 64bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Acer 24" AL2423Wdr Acer 24" P243W DAS Model S & Cherry My 7000 Seasonic 860wt Platinum+ 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
In progress R.A.T. 7 Creative Titanium HD Fiio E9 
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Denon AH-D2000 AKG Q701 Grado SR225i Audio-Technica ATH-A900 
Audio
Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 
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e5700 HD6670 Ceton InfiniTV 4 4GB G-Skill DDR2 1066 
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60 GB Agility 3 (OS Drive) Hitachi 3TB (TV Buffer and Recording) LG Blu-Ray Burner Windows 7 Ultimate 
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58" Samsung Plasma DH101 Polk CS2 (Center) Polk Monitor 70 (FL/FR) 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Polk Monitor 60 (RL/RR) Polk Monitor 40 (Surround L/R) Definitive Technology Supercube 2000 Onkyo HT-RC360 
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T9550 G51VX nVidea 260m 4GB DDR2 1066 
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post #3 of 37
dual core CPU E8400 and OC to something like 4.0GHz
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Q6600 @ 3.6GHz Asus Maximus Formula SE EVGA GeForce GTX 285 2x2G Mushkin Ascent 
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E6850 or E8400/E8500
 
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Intel Core i7-6950X @ 4.0Ghz Asus Rampage V Extreme [Bios:3101] 2x EVGA GeForce Titan X SC Editions in SLI 32GB (4×8) Corsair Dominator Platinums (3000Mhz) 
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Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 Nvme 2x 256GB Vertex 4 SSD (RAID-0) 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda [Storage] Pioneer BDR-207DBK Blu-ray Writer 
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Corsair H105 (Push/Pull) Windows 10 Pro x64 2x 27" Asus PG278Q ROG Swift 144hz  Corsair AX1500i Digital ATX 80 Plus Titanium 
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Lian Li PC-O8WX ATX Cube Case Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround 
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i7-3930K (C2) @ (4.6Ghz) Asus Rampage IV Extreme X79 (Bios 3204) 3x EVGA GTX780Ti's SC Editions 32GB (4x8GB) G-Skill TridentX 2400Mhz 
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2x 256GB OCZ Vertex 4's (RAID-0) 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 64MB Cache Pioneer BDR-207DBK Blu-ray Writer Corsair H105 (Push/Pull) 
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Intel Core i7-6950X @ 4.0Ghz Asus Rampage V Extreme [Bios:3101] 2x EVGA GeForce Titan X SC Editions in SLI 32GB (4×8) Corsair Dominator Platinums (3000Mhz) 
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Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 Nvme 2x 256GB Vertex 4 SSD (RAID-0) 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda [Storage] Pioneer BDR-207DBK Blu-ray Writer 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Corsair H105 (Push/Pull) Windows 10 Pro x64 2x 27" Asus PG278Q ROG Swift 144hz  Corsair AX1500i Digital ATX 80 Plus Titanium 
CaseAudio
Lian Li PC-O8WX ATX Cube Case Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3930K (C2) @ (4.6Ghz) Asus Rampage IV Extreme X79 (Bios 3204) 3x EVGA GTX780Ti's SC Editions 32GB (4x8GB) G-Skill TridentX 2400Mhz 
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2x 256GB OCZ Vertex 4's (RAID-0) 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 64MB Cache Pioneer BDR-207DBK Blu-ray Writer Corsair H105 (Push/Pull) 
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Win7 Pro 64Bit & Win10 Pro 64Bit Asus ROG Swift (2560x1440 @144hz) Corsair AX1200 + Corsair RED sleeved cables Coolermaster Cosmos II Ultra 
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post #5 of 37
q6600 for $250 (quad core will be supported more in upcoming games)
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Do as Mhill says.
    
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Q9000 Uh, iunno SLI 280m 6GB DDR3 
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Q9000 Uh, iunno SLI 280m 6GB DDR3 
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post #7 of 37
Q6600 G0 is like two E6850's for the price of one.

That said, E8400-E8500 is still better for games.
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Wolfdale 8400@Stock, 1.1125 Vcore, 1.07 post droop Gigabyte GA-p35-DS3L 8800GT (EVGA) OCZ DDR2 1066 
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Seagate 7200.10 250gb Samsung IDE XP Home SP2B Hanns G 17' 
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Wolfdale 8400@Stock, 1.1125 Vcore, 1.07 post droop Gigabyte GA-p35-DS3L 8800GT (EVGA) OCZ DDR2 1066 
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Seagate 7200.10 250gb Samsung IDE XP Home SP2B Hanns G 17' 
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post #8 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by CravinR1 View Post
q6600 for $250 (quad core will be supported more in upcoming games)
By the time games fully support quad cores both of those chips will be considered old technology. It's better just to pick the fastest for your applications and be prepared to upgrade in a year.
post #9 of 37
So far the E8500 is the best for gaming for under $300.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...460&CatId=2396
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Q6600G0 L728B205 OC to3.6 Asus Maximus Formula Sapphire Radeon 3870 4X1GB Crucial Ballistix 
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WD 320GB 2 X Sony DVD combo Vista ultimate 64 ViewSonic VX2235wm 22-inc 
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post #10 of 37
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Between E8400 the E8500 and the E6850 which is the best for gaming
Ghost of Sparta
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E8500 ABIT IX38 X38 3870x2 4gb of 1066 DDR2 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
WD raptor 150gb vista 64 Rosewell 850w Nzxt tempest 
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Ghost of Sparta
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E8500 ABIT IX38 X38 3870x2 4gb of 1066 DDR2 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
WD raptor 150gb vista 64 Rosewell 850w Nzxt tempest 
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