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What do you think about the i5-6500 for gaming?

fireballs 5,079 1,845 November 17, 2015 at 07:45 PM
Hey guys I regularly build machines for friends and family but they are usually pretty basic. I haven't built a gaming rig in a while and am trying to build a system with a fair balance of budget and performance.

I have the Zotac 970 coming from jet and was wondering how you guys feel about the 6500 for gaming. Tigerdirect has it for $190 plus imin Cali and have 10% cashback from BofA plus possibly a $10 coupon for a total of $162 delivered. Would you jump on that or keep shopping for something a bit stronger.

BTW I am about to start playing FO4 and I heard its pretty dependant on cpus more than most games.

Thanks for your help and advice

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Any quad core i5 or i7 released in the last 5 years will give satisfactory performance. (starting with Sandy Bridge) A Skylake processor is really about future proofing your motherboard features at this point.

If you are looking at non-cpu specific discounts, maybe get the 6600K. It might buy you a little more use down the road.

If you get a non-K chip, I say go ahead and cheap out on the board and one with DDR3 if you have RAM laying around. I'm very unimpressed with DDR4 latency at this point.
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Last edited by Teaser38 November 19, 2015 at 08:18 AM
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He is on the right track for sure. However from my standpoint even if money is tight I would save a few more bucks [or have breakfast cereal for lunch instead of whatever] to get the i7 INTEL CPU. In the long run you will be happier with your decision.

Don't ask me about my opinion of an AMD CPU. It isn't pretty.
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