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Which company offers the best BANG for my Gamer Buck?

When I first got into Pc's I was Pro Intel CPU, although knowing how expensive and Ivy Bridge i5 is, might be worth while to look at competitve AMD processors.

Suggestions? I'll happy read articles too if you link em ^^
 

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Day vs Night.

First of all, how much are you willing to spend?
The best for gaming would probably be i5-3570K, or 2500K for a lower price.
 

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Grr I figured as much, I've got a $900 budget and that's me running i5 3570's through it. Just wondering if I can use an AMD to save some cash so I can get a beefier gfx card >.>, but yea It seems the research I did a last year still applies
 

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For gaming the AMD's actually do ok.
If pinching pennies they can be a viable option.

However Intel has dropped the prices so much on many of thier CPU's, its hard to avoid a nice i3 or i5 if you can get a deal on it.
It really depends on how much you plan to spend.

But for pure gaming, AMD is right thur.
I'll post some CPU charts when I get home.
 

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It depends on the rest of your system, what games you play and what kind of performance you consider to be acceptable. A lot of games don't require a very strong CPU to push out 60fps most of the time. The Intel Pentium G620, G840 and the AMD FX-4100 are good budget options, as well as the old AMD Thuban chips if you can get them cheap.
 

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For your budget if you can reuse some of you current computer parts the intel option is a solid choice. If you need everything harddrive, monitor, keyboard,and mouse amd will get you a better system for your budget. I hate having a super powerfull cpu and a low end or low mid range gpu. Id rather have a mid/ high end cpu and a mid/high end gpu.

If you can use your monitor, keyboard, harddrive, and mouse. you can easly get a i5 ivy,good motherboard, 8gig ram ,and a 7970 or a gtx 670 in the 900 dollar price range.
 

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For your budget if you can reuse some of you current computer parts the intel option is a solid choice. If you need everything harddrive, monitor, keyboard,and mouse amd will get you a better system for your budget. I hate having a super powerfull cpu and a low end or low mid range gpu. Id rather have a mid/ high end cpu and a mid/high end gpu.
If you can use your monitor, keyboard, harddrive, and mouse. you can easly get a i5 ivy,good motherboard, 8gig ram ,and a 7970 or a gtx 670 in the 900 dollar price range.
I can reuse my Key Board and Mouse, my Monitor is gawd awful small it needs to go... my HDD is also small and Full of Anime it too needs to be BUMPED. Plus this is my first Rig, my current set up is from 2005 [Newer than I thought] not wanting to reuse anything really. And if anything I'd use my 200gb drive as a supplement to a bigger main drive.

As far as GPU goes I'd rather have a High end CPU/Ram/Mobo and a mid/low range Gpu, I can easily and cheapily upgrade my Gpu but getting a new Cpu <.< not so easy.

I very much want a Ivy Bridge i5, I'm thinking I can get a Last Gen GPU as well, New Egg has some decent ones around $150 [PCI 2.0 and 3.0] atm I don't play any HARD core games, but as I said, I want a base rig that I can upgrade with ease. I don't consider new Mobo and CPUs or cases easy upgrades!

Even worse I'm strapped for cash, as I've got some Portable Audio Rig's I need to save up for to [$550 for my next one in that end] So, for my Home PC. Want a rock solid base to build off since I'm gonna have it for 2-3 years hopefully!
 

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About the best budget motherboard/cpu combination for gaming, and many other things, is a Core i3 2xxx with an H61 motherboard.

Unfortunately for AMD the Core i3 2xxx series beats out or keeps pace with even their highest end consumer processors. There are a few charts out there showing the i3 2120 beating the FX-8150 in gaming, and many other tasks. Only falling short to the 8150 in extremely high thread count operations. Without a doubt in every way possible Intel rules over the desktop market, there is absolutely no reason to go AMD.

Where AMD is great right now is in the laptop market, the ability to pair their APU with a mid tier discrete card in a hybrid cross-fire setup is awesome. You can get a pretty solid gaming laptop for pretty cheap now days. So <3 AMD for taking that market to a great place, and I really would love to see them in other mobile markets.
 

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Well I'm doing a i5 3550 build with a Gigabyte UD3h mobo, got a nice AMD 6950 OC'd as well and a 650w psu

price right now is about $926. Hopefully things will go as planned and I can get a great gaming bare bones built around Ivy Bridge i5

But, although ingnorent about AMD in laptops, it would suprise me if they where doing good there, still loving thier GPU's though ^^
 
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