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Windows 7: Budget gaming: CPU choices

20 Oct 2014   #1
SniperDan

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Budget gaming: CPU choices

A friend recently asked me to build him a gaming Pc, for around 400, not a majorly difficult task and I've done it in the past. However on my previous build I've usually gone with an AMD CPU, as at this price range I believe they have much better value for money. However I pointed towards a possible alternative, the Intel pentium k, anniversary edition.
Dual core, 3.20GHz Unlocked, and from what I've seen, it'll happily overclock to at least 4GHz with a decent after market cooler. This seems like a pretty interesting option to me.

The build will include something along the lines of a R9 270 or 280, depending on price of the rest and the price of the GPU's at the time.

So my question to you is this, for a budget gaming Pc,
The high clock, dual core intel CPU,
or
A lower clocked multi-core AMD CPU.

If the AMD, which one would you recommend?


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20 Oct 2014   #2
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SniperDan View Post
A friend recently asked me to build him a gaming Pc, for around 400, not a majorly difficult task and I've done it in the past. However on my previous build I've usually gone with an AMD CPU, as at this price range I believe they have much better value for money. However I pointed towards a possible alternative, the Intel pentium k, anniversary edition.
Dual core, 3.20GHz Unlocked, and from what I've seen, it'll happily overclock to at least 4GHz with a decent after market cooler. This seems like a pretty interesting option to me.

The build will include something along the lines of a R9 270 or 280, depending on price of the rest and the price of the GPU's at the time.

So my question to you is this, for a budget gaming Pc,
The high clock, dual core intel CPU,
or
A lower clocked multi-core AMD CPU.

If the AMD, which one would you recommend?

You can buy the top tier AMD cpu for about the same cost as a Quadcore Intel that was made 4 years ago pretty much if you don't mind paying at least $120.00 you can get a 8320 or 8350 if you spend 149.00 for budget builds i would go AMD for sure

http://www.microcenter.com/category/...AMD-Processors

http://www.microcenter.com/site/prod...d_bundles.aspx
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20 Oct 2014   #3
N00berG00ber

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

here you go:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVmIVSalP-s

always go intel. after i made the switch from AMD to intel, i will NEVER even touch AMD again. Intel and Nvidia is THAT much better.

i would just go with a cheap quad core i3 or i5
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21 Oct 2014   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

If I recall correctly, i3s are dual core and i5s are quad core.
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21 Oct 2014   #5
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Core i3s are dual core (It uses HT so it would look like it boasts a quad-core) while i5s are Quad-Core (May have HT enabled, depends on the model of the i5).
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21 Oct 2014   #6
N00berG00ber

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ahhh. I would go with the Pentium than and just OC it to 4.6 or so.
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21 Oct 2014   #7
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Nothing wrong with AMD CPUs at all, they're ideal in budget builds. Personally I'd recommend a 6350 as the performance benefits in gaming between that and the 8350 will be pretty minimal I'd have thought, and while there's not much difference in the price every penny saved is a bonus when the budget is so low.
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21 Oct 2014   #8
N00berG00ber

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Look at the benchmarks in the video I posted. That extra 10$ is worth it IMO
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21 Oct 2014   #9
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

An FX-6350 or 8350 will outperform that 860K. Also if you're going to overclock a dual core i3 to 4.6GHz as you recommended you're going to need something like an h80i to keep it cool as opposed to a standard triple copper heatpipe cooler for example on a stock CPU. That's another $80 on the price.
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21 Oct 2014   #10
N00berG00ber

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No I was saying get the Pentium anniversary edition and over clock that to 4.6. A 212 Evo would be fine for that.
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