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Hey guys I'm bout a day away from ordering a nice little gaming rig from my girl on Newegg.

I had a pretty sweet rig built for around $1200 that included a 6 core CPU ($199) and a Radeon 6870.

However I noticed that 6 core is stock clocked at 2.8ghz. The 4 core black edition is 4 cores stock clocked at 3.4ghz. Honestly since most games don't use 6 cores would that not be the better bet for gaming? Not to mention it's about 50 bucks cheaper.

If so I'm pretty sure that's the route I'm going.

If you guys have any other suggestions that I should know please post. Keep in mind I want the best gaming machine I can build for around $1200. That price does not include monitor and accesories. Also note overclocking ability is NOT that big a deal as my girl will not want to mess with that anyway.
post #2 of 36
I say get a 1090t go to 4.0 ghz and call it a day.
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post #3 of 36
Just get the 1055t. Even though it has a lower stock clock, it should clock higher than the 965
 
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I'm going to be doing zero overclocking though and using stock heat sink and fan.

I know, I know cardinal sin here at overclock.net haha.

But seriously. I'm not going to overclock this. It's completely "stock". It's just for my girl and she isn't all that demanding anway
post #5 of 36
Ok then the 965 would be better for gaming. No game is optimized for six cores, and the 600MHz clock speed would give better gaming performance.
 
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post #6 of 36
1090t is only 199 on new egg right now on sale. I personally own the 1090t and love it. I would highly recommend this processor. But keep in mind the rerelease of the i5 2500k and other sandy bridge processors in april will blow the 1090t out of the water until bulldozer.
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post #7 of 36
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103871

save another $50 bada bing!


IMO no need to go with a BE processor if you aren't going to over clock. The other difference with the athlon is the absence of L3 cache. between my buddy's Athlonx4 and my Phenomx4BE gaming is barely different... however at the time the 955 was the flagship, and im a connoisseur for the finer things plus i DO overclock

also what games are you playing, a 6850 may do the job and save you some more $$
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post #8 of 36
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Originally Posted by MetalBeerSolid View Post
Ok then the 965 would be better for gaming. No game is optimized for six cores, and the 600MHz clock speed would give better gaming performance.
BFBC2 used 100% across all cores when loading maps with my 5970.
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what mobo are you going with?
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post #10 of 36
One thing to consider is the ram timings and speed you intend to run at. Higher speeds and tighter timings are easier to obtain on the newer X6 cpu's. You could overclock the cpu just by using the multiplier alone for easy get up and going overclocking. Then set your ram timings / speeds / volts and you would have a screeming system IMO. Additionally you could disable cores if you wanted to keep your energy bill down a tad.
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