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Old August 22, 2010, 10:44 AM
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Hey Hardware Canucks

Im building a gaming computer and i was wonder what was better for gaming.

Intel® Core™ i5 760 Processor (4x 2.80GHz/8MB L3 Cache)
Intel® Core™ i5 661 Processor (2x 3.33GHz/4MB L3 Cache)
Intel® Core™ i5 660 Processor (2x 3.33GHz/4MB L3 Cache)
Intel® Core™ i5 655K Processor (2x 3.20GHz/4MB L3 Cache)

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Old August 22, 2010, 11:05 AM
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I'd go with the 760 or 750 depending on the price difference.
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Old August 22, 2010, 11:19 AM
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I'd go with the i5 760 out of those choices as it's a quad core and has got double the L3 cache! If you know your not going to be upgrading for a while, a quad is a better choice as you know games will take full advantage of more cores as time goes on.
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Old August 22, 2010, 11:39 AM
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The price differences between the 4 are quite small, so I would go with the 760.
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ok so youre building a gaming computer. what is the budget, resolution used, and of course what parts do you already have?

the above suggestion might be a good choice or maybe not,depending on your answers :)
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i5 760 is on sale for $199 at NCIX, and that processor is your best bet.
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I5 760 all the way. I own the 750, I'm very pleased with it. Good performance for gaming, it's plenty enough. I've been very surprised with this CPU. Coming from an Atlhon x2 4200+ struggling with 2-3 virtual machines to this "beast" (in my point of view) running 8-9 virtual machines easily. You'd probably be able to overclock it to ~4GHz without too much voltage increase with any decent motherboard. This CPU is belong to me the best bang for your buck at this moment. On sale it's even better..
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another vote for the i5 760.

You can easily ramp it to the same clock speeds as the others (3.33ghz) with a simple 25mhz bump, and get double the cache and double the cores.
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Another vote for the i5 760. Pair it up with this board. Read a few reviews on it. You will not be disappointed.

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760 for future proofing
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