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CPU for gaming needs

By Sloppy998
Apr 6, 2008
  1. Hey everyone, recently i have become interested in building my own computer (for gaming) as a hobbie. I went and bought myself a book called 'Build Your Own Computer' by Haynes. The book itself doesnt say much about whats needed for a gaming pc so i was wondering if anybody had any CPU recommendations so i could get a feel at what kind of CPU i need to be looking at! Thnx.

    (Im looking to build a high end pc that will play future games on max settings)
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    The Intel Quad Core Q6600 is a good gaming Socket 775 processor... Get a motherboard that supports Nvidias SLI technology, a good SLI video card. At least 2GB of DDR2 memory and a big 300GB plus hard drive. A good SLI ready 500 watt power supply with dual 12 volt rails is a plus
     
  3. X1950XT

    X1950XT TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Depends... How much do you want to spend? If it's around 2000$ then you might wanna take a look at the rig i wanna buy!

    ASUS Striker II Formula 780I SLI LGA775 ATX DDR2 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 1PCI 1394A GBLAN Motherboard
    $318.60
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 32BIT DVD OEM. $99.88

    Samsung Spinpoint F1 Series HD753LJ 750GB SATA2 7200RPM 8.9MS 32MB 3.5IN Hard Drive Oem 3YR Mfr Wrty
    $135.88

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core Processor LGA775 Kentsfield 2.40GHZ 1066FSB 8MB Retail Box
    $245.99

    Zalman CNPS9700 LED Copper CPU Heatsink 110MM Fan LGA775 AM2 S939 1250-2800RPM 19.5-35DBA Blue LED
    $39.85

    OCZ NVIDIA SLI Ready XTC PC2-8500 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit
    $89.25

    Logitech Mx Air Motion Sensing Rechargeable Cordless Air Mouse 2.4GHZ LI-ION Battery
    $117.52

    Logitech G15 2ND Gen Gaming Keyboard Usb Black Silver Amber Lcd Panel Programmable Backlit Keys
    $59.99

    OCZ GameXStream 700W ATX12V 24PIN SLI Ready Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black
    $115.84

    ASUS 16X DVD-ROM Drive SATA Retail Box W/ Black & Beige Faceplates
    $23.22

    NZXT LEXA Blackline ATX Case Black 4X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS Temp Display Window Front USB & Audio
    $99.36

    EVGA E-GEFORCE 9800GX2 600MHZ 1GB 2.0GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDMI HDCP HDTV Out Video Card
    $589.83

    Shipping Method Xpresspost - $84.54
    Estimated Shipping & Handling: $84.54
    Total: $2,040.72


    (TOTAL AROUND 1800-2000$ IN YOUR CASE IF YOUR BUYING FROM NEWEGG)
     
  4. Sloppy998

    Sloppy998 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    Thnx very much fellas im going to look at these right away!! Is Newegg.com the right place to look for online purchases? Im guessing these are the standard prices. Thx again and srry for being a noob:)
     
  5. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    Well, you may wanna look at Newegg and TigerDirect. If they have the same product, I would go with the cheaper one.

    Then again, if that increases the shipping to higher than the difference, I would personally go with Newegg for all my purchase.
     
  6. X1950XT

    X1950XT TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Newegg is the way but for me tigerdirect is kinda overpriced...

    I live in Canada so newegg is a no-no for me :(

    But i found this great website wich sells parts with the same price as newegg even cheaper sometimes!

    I don't know if it ships to US but you might wanna give it a try!

    www.directbuy.ca

    If you still need help then maybe we could talk in a instant messaging program like msn or xfire, my xfire is aliox325 and my msn is becker223@hotmail.com!

    Add me when you feel like it

    Good luck with your gaming PC!
     
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    I'm thinking that the new higher end Core 2 Duos might still perform better at gaming than the quads. That's an IMHO, but worth reading some test reports. Higher end media creation programs will probably fully embrace the quad CPUs before games are written that fully utilize all 4 cores.
    You might take a look at this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115028
    And this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037

    That assumes of course that Newegg can ever manage to keep the Wolfdales in stock.
     
  8. Ranij93

    Ranij93 TS Rookie

    I Love the Q6600 Its very good.. and dose not cost very much.. Good luck building you Gaming pc hope it will work good
     
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I use the Q6600 too :grinthumb
     
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