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What cpu to get?

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by mufcmark, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. mufcmark


    Joined: Feb 17, 2011

    Posts: 590

    I have a budget of about £130 for a cpu. This will be used in a system for gaming.

    I was looking at the x4 955 as it seems like good value and can be overclocked to 3.8ghz very easily. Would buying a second hand i7 processor be a good option? I know that the 1156 is dead tech so to speak but I'm not really bothered as I plan to keep this system for 3-4 years and the next time I upgrade I'll probably buy a new motherboard.

    So for that price range what would the best option be? I know sb is great value but if I was to buy that, I would have to skimp on the graphics card.

    Realistically how long would a overclockec 955 or i7 last for gaming if paired with a gtx 480?
  2. cmndr_andi


    Joined: Apr 23, 2009

    Posts: 12,040

    Location: Glasgow

    If you are on a tight budget, you may want to consider taking advatage of people upgrading from s1155 to s1156 and pick up a second hand i5 750 or 760. These are still excellent gaming CPUs (much faster than the X4 955BE) and can be regularly had for less than £100 second hand.

    If you will only consider buying new then the X4 955BE the best bet imho - you get a lot of CPU for your money and it works great in modern games.

    As for how long x4 955/i7 + GTX 480 - It will certainly be fine for the next 2 years. Past that my crystal ball gets a bit hazy.
  3. wildman


    Joined: Nov 7, 2002

    Posts: 5,341

    Location: pantyhose factory

    if you can squeeze an extra 30ish onto that you could get an OEM 2500K which would probably give you a bit more mileage untill your next upgrade compared to a 955. Also you can get 4ghz + out of a 2500K with relative ease
  4. AsLan


    Joined: Mar 7, 2005

    Posts: 207

    Whats you're budget for the motherboard, or do you already have one?
  5. mufcmark


    Joined: Feb 17, 2011

    Posts: 590

    £100 is as far as I would go. I don't really care about crossfire or sli.
  6. pob9


    Joined: Feb 6, 2011

    Posts: 365

    Location: n ireland

    +1 for gaming dont think theres a better bang for buck cpu out there
  7. easyrider


    Joined: Dec 24, 2005

    Posts: 38,855

    Location: Autonomy

    what do you have now?.
  8. wheato14


    Joined: Mar 25, 2011

    Posts: 58

    Location: Guisborough

    wish i had bought a second hand one instead of a new one
  9. chrisarm


    Joined: Jan 15, 2011

    Posts: 468

    how about this

    Intel Core i5-2500 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail £169.99


    Asus P8H61-M Intel H61 Chipset (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard **B3 REVISION** £64.99


    Sub Total : £195.82
    Shipping : £9.50
    VAT £41.06
    Total : £246.38

    For £4 more you can get the 2500k


    You can not overclock with this board but you do get a £30 game with it so it is worth it
  10. mufcmark


    Joined: Feb 17, 2011

    Posts: 590

    The i5 760 are going for around £100 used. For £66 odd pound I don't think its worth it if I'm on a budget.
  11. Duke

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    Joined: Jun 29, 2003

    Posts: 33,234

    Location: Wiltshire

    What do you have now?
  12. mufcmark


    Joined: Feb 17, 2011

    Posts: 590

    A ****ty amd x2 5000+


    Joined: Nov 9, 2009

    Posts: 18,666

    Location: Planet Earth

    What is your motherboard and what is your PSU??
  14. sculptor


    Joined: May 29, 2005

    Posts: 572

    Location: Guisborough

    What res do you play games at?
    You may be building a system that is total overkill for your monitor.
  15. .Max.


    Joined: Mar 23, 2011

    Posts: 235

    Location: Oxford

    £25 more for a Phenom II X6 Brand new off Amazon :)