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    Best Gaming CPU

    There might be some debate about this but I am looking for the best CPU I can get for gaming. All my new system will be for is gaming, and that's it. I already have an apps system and I need a gaming rig. I already have my mind made up on video cards, RAM, and PSU. I just need to know what the best CPU/mobo would be for gaming. Any thoughts?
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    Re: Best Gaming CPU

    At the current moment Intel is on top but if later you might want to keep an eye on AMD. Right now the Intel Core 2 Duo has great performance for games.

    Max O/C: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU: 3.6 Ghz/1.5875v//nVidia 7900GS XT GPU: 600/830

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    Re: Best Gaming CPU

    Quote Originally Posted by F!reStr!fe View Post
    At the current moment Intel is on top but if later you might want to keep an eye on AMD. Right now the Intel Core 2 Duo has great performance for games.


    So what would be the specific name and clock speed of the best Intel CPU for games?
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    Re: Best Gaming CPU

    CORE 2 DUO E6600 AND UP WOOT, the 6800 costs an arm and a leg though..
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    Re: Best Gaming CPU

    Yup a c2d 6600 and oc that to 3.6-4ghz.
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    Re: Best Gaming CPU

    What they said I got one
    Also if you do decide to go with the E6600 go with the 975X chipset as they are said to run better with the E6600 and up

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    Re: Best Gaming CPU

    Intel quad cores coming out soon - wait a while and the dual cores should drop in price....

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    Re: Best Gaming CPU

    I wouldn't go 975x I would go with Nvidia's new 680i or r600.
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    Re: Best Gaming CPU

    If you want the really best, right now it would be the Core 2 Extreme X6800. In a short time, you should also be able to find a Core 2 quad Q6800, should be better than the X6800 for heavily multithreaded games, similar to the Core 2 Duo E6700 on all the rest.
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    Re: Best Gaming CPU

    there are no heavily multithreaded games.
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    Re: Best Gaming CPU

    yet
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    Re: Best Gaming CPU

    Yeah I don't recommend waiting for Intel's quad cores. Not only there no heavily multithreaded games yet (and I doubt that in the near future there will be one that can even push the current Intel C2D to their limits), quad cores will cost an arm and a leg too. I say, save yourself some time and money, get an E6600 now, OC it to a nice 24/7 stable clock and game one. I have one myself running at 3.6GHz 24/7 Orthos stable, and it kicks ass for games. When the graphics settings are high, the video card is still the bottleneck.
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    Re: Best Gaming CPU

    Core2 Quad and Core2 Extreme shall be priced similarly, so it's mostly a question of choosing between either a slightly higher base speed (11x vs. 10x multiplier) or 2 extra cores. Given a choice, I'd get C2Q over C2E any day.
    But the fact remains, if you don't intend to spend nearly 1000$ on the cpu alone, get a E6600/6400/6300, whichever best fits your pocket.
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    Re: Best Gaming CPU

    SO the E6600 is the way to go because it OC's nicely?? That seems like a decent buy ATM. I am also thinking about pairing a couple of 8800's depending on what they come out with in a little while. Does anyone know if there are plans for a dual GPU 8800 soon? If so, then that will be my obvious choice. If I am gonna go all the way, then I wanna go ALL THE WAY. I am also going to water cool this entire system so I might be able to achieve some pretty high clock speeds.

    Does anyone know if they plan to come out with a dual GPU 8800? And does anyone know if there are water cooling solutions for those cards? I realize that this is the wrong forum, but since we were on the subject of gaming already.....................
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    Re: Best Gaming CPU

    I don't think they going to have a dual gpu on one pcb for the 8800 anytime soon. Theres already some water cooling for the 8800s already out.


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