Best cpu for gaming and programming design?

January 19, 2011 at 10:32:56
Specs: Macintosh / Microsoft, 4 - 8GB Ram
Currently I am a graphic designer, and am pursuing a career in Computer Information Technology. I enjoy computer gaming on my free time. My question, what CPU is the best available to handle all my tasks efficiently and perform fantastic with out breaking the bank. Also I am hoping that I can use the specified CPU to boot two different OS systems.

Preference OS Systems: Mac OSX & Windows 7


Linux & Windows 7

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January 19, 2011 at 12:01:34
First step in your no doubt illustrious CIT career: Know what forum to pick. (Writing a program != Central Processing Unit)

Mac OSX & Windows 7
You got 2 choices: See what Apple is offering, or experiment with a hackintosh.

Linux & Windows 7
Pick one based on your budget, and how much speed you need.

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January 19, 2011 at 12:17:21
U need a triple/quad core cpu(because of newer games). If u decide to choose intel i recommend sandy bridge chip.
U also need a gaming v-card like geforce 460 gtx.

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January 19, 2011 at 13:11:26
You can't legally run Mac on anything but an apple system. No Apple compares to the quality and speed of other brands windows performance so consider two computers.

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February 10, 2011 at 08:00:20
i recommemd a intel . buy yourselv one with 4 cores or 6 cores

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April 4, 2011 at 14:14:40
It's funny how many people are touting the 4/6/8 cores. Games don't even utilize 4 cores!

Compiling C or whatever you're doing isnt going to take much at all.... Even OO coding isn't going to rise many issues. However, if you get into 3D Studio Max, Adobe Premier, Lightwave, WinRAR. They will utilize 4 cores.

People want to see fancy numbers from benchmarking programs and windows #'s system. Don't be fooled by bells and whistles... Invest into a decent graphics card with the saved money. Most are just looking for fastest boot times/highest overclocks...

P.S. -> Let SSD's fully mature before you throw money at them. Let everyone else pave the way with their money.

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April 4, 2011 at 18:58:30
I recommend a Core i5; you mention not breaking the bank so this is better option. Also even the dual core i5's will be perfectually fine to play even the latest of games with no bottlenecks! As for the hackintosh system I would recommend using the p55 chipset and not sandy bridge (Depend if you can wait till June for full support(possibly)) I am gathering you will also have to buy a new MOBO?

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