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PC Hardware Buyer's Guide February 2011

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Bindibadgi 11th February 2011, 08:26 Quote
Nope. Most games still prefer high frequency vs many cores. Two is 'enough' for a budget gaming machine.

Enthusiast Overclocker is not just about gaming, it's about having fun overclocking on a budget as well as gaming. The Phenom II X4 does overclock, yes, but the i5-2500K annihilates it at a wholly achievable 4.5+GHz. Frankly, no one would recommend a Phenom II X4 these days. Maybe an x6 if you need a 6-core and don't want to pay silly Intel prices (Folding@Home), but the i5 is the best option these days.

Still - it would be worth looking at an Intel vs AMD rig for the same price. I like the idea! But it would need to be in a range of tests, not just games ;)
Synalar 11th February 2011, 08:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi

Still - it would be worth looking at an Intel vs AMD rig for the same price. I like the idea! But it would need to be in a range of tests, not just games ;)

I'm sure many of us would like to see a comparative test with two GTX580(SLI) running on:
-X58 platform 950i
-1155 platform 2500K
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perplekks45 11th February 2011, 11:49 Quote
The only thing I really can't get my head around is the fact that you recommend Sandy Bridge for everything but the premium rig.
While it is obvious in all reviews I've seen so far that both the 2500K & 2600K is far superior to the i7-950, especially when overclocked. Given that there's only a single CPU out there keeping up with Sandy Bridge (in the consumer market, mind you), the i7-980X, I absolutely CAN NOT understand why you didn't include Sandy Bridge in the premium rig.

I mean, if you don't include it at all I'd be fine but including it in 2 rigs but not the one where it really makes sense... :|
Phil Rhodes 11th February 2011, 12:41 Quote
Still feeling rather smug about my December i7-950 buy.

Even more so with these motherboard faults.

P
steveo_mcg 11th February 2011, 12:50 Quote
So is the i5-2500K worth the premium over the i5-2500?
Ljs 11th February 2011, 12:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by steveo_mcg
So is the i5-2500K worth the premium over the i5-2500?

Of course if you plan to overclock, its easily worth it...
frontline 12th February 2011, 23:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
. The G6950 is just better than the Athlon II X3 when overclocked, and the Gigabyte H55 board is excellent and cheaper than ever. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/06/24/intel-pentium-g6950-cpu-review/1

From a purely gaming perspective, wouldn't a Phenom II X2 555 (around £72) be a better bet than the G6950 (around £70)? Certainly the G6950 has a lot of overclocking potential, however for a similar price you can get equivalent performance with the X2 555 at stock speeds?

I'd definitely like to see a budget system article though, comparing various CPU's at the sub £100 level. :)
guvnar 21st February 2011, 15:40 Quote
I'm after a recommendation from anyone on the best mid-price case for a 2500K.

The Gaming Workhorse suggests the Fractal Design R3 case but it has a door on the front which I'd like to avoid. Is there another one almost as good but without a door?

I currently have an Antec 300 but it's had some damage and needs replacing!!

Of course I'll be holding back until my P8P67 PRO mobo gets swapped !!
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