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    Whats a good CPU to buy ?

    I was wondering what would be a good CPU to use playing World of Warcraft for the cheapest?
    I prefer Intel FtW!

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    I5-750 4tw

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    Wow will run on lots and lots of processors.
    Runnin well is something else entirely.
    General opinion is that the i5 750/760 has the best cost to benefit ratio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moobious View Post
    General opinion is that the i5 750/760 has the best cost to benefit ratio.
    If and only if you're going to overclock. When buying big OEM computer like Dell or HP that are locked down and can't be OC'd, or you're dead set against overclocking and will never do it, AMD x4 955 or 965 have advantage in price with same performance.
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    Ive been very happy with my Athlon II x2 240 Regor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103714

    2.8ghz stock but Ive OC to 3.6 so far without upping the voltage and have had no issues, using a Arctic Cooling freezer 7.

    Pretty cheap especially in combo deals, good for a mid range build like I have.

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    atm the best gaming cpu for the buck is the i5-750/760.

    but non of os knows waht the games will be like in 6 months or 1 year.

    so i say if you have the money for it, then go i7....... i still say that games coming in a year will benefit from HT.

    i could ofcause be wrong as there is no info out on games benefitting from HT. be as games get bigger and bigger i could defently see games going for HT to fit in more styff

    but for now if you wanna save some money then go i5-750/760
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    Quote Originally Posted by pansertjald View Post
    so i say if you have the money for it, then go i7....... i still say that games coming in a year will benefit from HT.
    Doubt it. Only thing in mainstream games (WoW excluded) that benefit from raw cores/CPU power are AI and physics modeling, and very few games are pushing AI at all with the exception of some RTS stuff. Physics modeling seems to be dominated by Nvidia's PhysX.

    Everything points to mainstream gaming sticking to GPU dependance for the near future. i7 is so damn expensive that investing on it now for something that might come (but probably wont) in next few years is not smart bet.
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    He asked for the cheapest and your like suggesting I5's and Sevens..

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    An i5 isn't a super-expensive CPU. Newegg has them for $195 right now, which I would definitely consider a bargain chip. Now granted, he may have to do a full computer upgrade to be able to use it, but he was asking for the cheapest chip that would run WoW, and that's the one everyone recommends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloodmayj View Post
    An i5 isn't a super-expensive CPU. Newegg has them for $195 right now
    Micro center if you live near one has had I7-930 for 199.99 for months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloodmayj View Post
    An i5 isn't a super-expensive CPU. Newegg has them for $195 right now, which I would definitely consider a bargain chip.
    It's damn far from bargain, and not cheap by any standards.

    Cheapest way to make WoW playable today if you start from zero is going with AMD based system. It wont run as fast as i5, but the minimum price is few hundred lower. I paid for my AMD x3 720 and AsRock motherboard less than that $195 year ago, and you play at 25fps instead of 35fps on it, shaving off $150. That's what I'd call cheap, or bargain, or whatever.

    Currently AMD x2 555 or something similar with AsRock motherboard is the absolute cheapest way you can raid 25-mans at reasonable speed (15-20fps with no shadows).
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    Quote Originally Posted by vesseblah View Post
    Doubt it. Only thing in mainstream games (WoW excluded) that benefit from raw cores/CPU power are AI and physics modeling, and very few games are pushing AI at all with the exception of some RTS stuff. Physics modeling seems to be dominated by Nvidia's PhysX.

    Everything points to mainstream gaming sticking to GPU dependance for the near future. i7 is so damn expensive that investing on it now for something that might come (but probably wont) in next few years is not smart bet.
    you are proberly right. but if the OP has the money for a i7 i would defently go for a i7. BUT only if money is not a problem. i still think that HT is the way to go and games will follow. but we still don`t know
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reguilea View Post
    He asked for the cheapest and your like suggesting I5's and Sevens..
    He said he likes intel. Of intel's current line of processors the i5-750 is the lowest priced processor that will run wow well.

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    So something along the lines of i3 550 wouldn't be considered good enough for a brand new pc?(it [email protected] without overclocking).It is preety much 70 euros cheaper on the local stores than a i5 760

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    Quote Originally Posted by Insomnie View Post
    So something along the lines of i3 550 wouldn't be considered good enough for a brand new pc?(it [email protected] without overclocking).It is preety much 70 euros cheaper on the local stores than a i5 760
    Its not a quad core though here are the specs:

    SPECIFICATIONS
    Essentials
    Status Launched
    Launch Date Q2'10
    Processor Number i3-550
    # of Cores 2
    # of Threads 4
    Clock Speed 3.2 GHz
    Intel® Smart Cache 4 MB
    Bus/Core Ratio 24
    DMI 2.5 GT/s
    Instruction Set 64-bit
    Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.2
    Embedded Options Available No
    Supplemental SKU No
    Lithography 32 nm
    Max TDP 73 W
    VID Voltage Range 0.6500V-1.4000V
    1ku Bulk Budgetary Price $138.00
    Memory Specifications
    Max Memory Size
    (dependent on memory type) 16 GB
    Memory Types DDR3-1066/1333
    # of Memory Channels 2
    Max Memory Bandwidth 21 GB/s
    Physical Address Extensions 36-bit
    Graphics Specifications
    Integrated Graphics Yes
    Intel® HD Graphics Yes
    Graphics Base Frequency 733 MHz
    Intel® Flexible Display Interface (Intel® FDI) Yes
    Intel® Clear Video HD Technology Yes
    Dual Display Capable Yes
    Expansion Options
    PCI Express Revision 2.0
    PCI Express Configurations 1x16, 2x8
    # of PCI Express Ports 1
    Package Specifications
    Max CPU Configuration 1
    TCASE 72.6°C
    Package Size 37.5mm x 37.5mm
    Processing Die Size 81 mm2
    # of Processing Die Transistors 382 million
    Graphics and IMC Lithography 45 nm
    Graphics and IMC Die Size 114 mm2
    # of Graphics and IMC Die Transistors 177 million
    Sockets Supported FCLGA1156
    Halogen Free Options Available Yes
    Advanced Technologies
    Intel® Turbo Boost Technology No
    Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology Yes
    Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Yes
    Intel® Trusted Execution Technology No
    AES New Instructions No
    Intel® 64 Yes
    Idle States Yes
    Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology Yes
    Intel® Demand Based Switching No
    Thermal Monitoring Technologies No
    Execute Disable Bit

    The I5-760 specs:

    SPECIFICATIONS
    Essentials
    Status Launched
    Launch Date Q3'10
    Processor Number i5-760
    # of Cores 4
    # of Threads 4
    Clock Speed 2.8 GHz
    Max Turbo Frequency 3.46 GHz
    Intel® Smart Cache 8 MB
    Bus/Core Ratio 21
    DMI 2.5 GT/s
    Instruction Set 64-bit
    Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.2
    Embedded Options Available No
    Supplemental SKU No
    Lithography 45 nm
    Max TDP 95 W
    VID Voltage Range .6500V-1.400V
    1ku Bulk Budgetary Price $205.00
    Memory Specifications
    Max Memory Size
    (dependent on memory type) 16 GB
    Memory Types DDR3-1066/1333
    # of Memory Channels 2
    Max Memory Bandwidth 21 GB/s
    Physical Address Extensions 36-bit
    ECC Memory Supported No
    Graphics Specifications
    Integrated Graphics No
    Expansion Options
    PCI Express Revision 2.0
    PCI Express Configurations 1x16, 2x8
    # of PCI Express Ports 1
    Package Specifications
    Max CPU Configuration 1
    TCASE 72.7°C
    Package Size 37.5mm x 37.5mm
    Processing Die Size 296 mm2
    # of Processing Die Transistors 774 million
    Sockets Supported LGA1156
    Halogen Free Options Available Yes
    Advanced Technologies
    Intel® Turbo Boost Technology Yes
    Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology No
    Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Yes
    Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) No
    Intel® Trusted Execution Technology No
    AES New Instructions No
    Intel® 64 Yes
    Idle States Yes
    Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology Yes
    Intel® Demand Based Switching No
    Thermal Monitoring Technologies No
    Execute Disable Bit

    SO the I3-550 is 2 cores vs the I5-760 which has 4 cores. I would get the 760 iirc it is the cheapest chip Intel offers with 4 cores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dethh View Post
    Its not a quad core though here are the specs:

    SPECIFICATIONS
    Essentials
    ....
    SO the I3-550 is 2 cores vs the I5-760 which has 4 cores. I would get the 760 iirc it is the cheapest chip Intel offers with 4 cores.
    Ah i see your point,the "build your own pc" department of the online store i've been visiting didn't provide much info about each product(just the "build your own pc" though,if you looked speccifically for cpus/gfx cards etc you would get a preety good idea bout em)

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    the i3 and i5 dual core processors are intended for lower cost typical use computers - ie not gaming. They don't fair as well as the i7 an i5 quad cores in cpu intensive tasks.

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