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Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: July 2011

Tom's Hardware lists its best gaming CPU's at different price points.

July sees Intel's ratio-locked Core i7-980 emerge, while AMD's A6-3650 and A8-3850 APUs show up at retail. In addition, the new Sandy Bridge-based Pentium G800 processors challenge AMD's sub-$100 gaming CPU dominance for the first time in recent memory.

If you don’t have the time to research benchmarks, or if you don’t feel confident enough in your ability to pick the right processor for your next gaming machine, fear not. We at Tom’s Hardware have come to your aid with a simple list of the best gaming CPUs offered for the money.

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SuperSaiyan42303d ago

All the way recently got an AMD Phenom II X2 555 which is unlocked so with the bios it unlocks to a Quad Core B55 @ 3.2ghz and can be overclocked to speeds of up to 4ghz on air. Bargain price for when I got it for only £65!

fossilfern2303d ago

I have an AMD 1090T. Great 6 Core CPU for the price and have it OC'd to 4ghz stable on air

Tony-Red-Grave2303d ago

i have an AMD phenom x4 945 CPU dont know how good it is but its 3.0GHz stupid readeon 5450 is killing whatever gaming experince i want.

f7897902303d ago (Edited 2303d ago )

I got it and it's great. I didn't go with an Intel since by the time the greater performance is actually needed for a game, I'll want a 16 core or something.

My current bottleneck is now only my graphics card (HD 3870) but I can play everything on high so whatever. I'll live without AA for another year or two.

Crazyglues2303d ago (Edited 2303d ago )

I have the 2600k OC'd to 4.4 and it has been running so smooth and sweet, no complaints.. it's on air cooling and I get it down to 34c, and 37-38c on a hot day...

Eat's everything I though at it, I could not be happier.. it's a beast..

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kharma452303d ago

The i5-2500K is pretty much the perfect chip around for price-performance ratio, overclocks like a dream and nothing comes close at the price, leaves AMD's offerings for dust.

iamgoatman2303d ago

Yep, I've never been an earlier adopter but got a 2500K a couple of weeks after release, was a bit wary at first as I was going to wait and see how bulldozer performed but I'm glad I didn't. Best chip I've ever owned so far, overclocks like a beast, runs really cool, can't fault it.

ATi_Elite2303d ago (Edited 2303d ago )

I switched to the dark side and bought a Intel Core i5 2500k o.c. it to 4.4GHZ on air and i couldn't be happier. SSD + 2500k = Windows 7 super duper snappy.
Beats the crap outta anything AMD has and all for $200 you just can't beat 2500k's bang for buck ratio.

On the flipside i still have my AMD Phenom X2 550 o.c. to 4.1ghz and it's the best dual core cpu ever. Bought it day 30 for like $80 and every now and then i unlock it to a 4 core B5 @ 3.8 GHZ

looking at Intel $ocket 2011 if the price is right (i seriously doubt it though) or AMD Bulldozer if they can beat Intel.

ATi_Elite2303d ago

Yeh AMD has said this before and if they can deliver this time then great but I'll be waiting patiently for the Benchmarks.

Also Sandy Bridge is energy efficient and over clocks like a BEAST so AMD also has to compete with that.

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