Poll: Which desktop CPU are you using right now?

Poll: Which desktop CPU are you using right now?

Was in SM Cyberzone MegaMall yesterday after a meeting, did the rounds and was looking for a desktop processor for my next gaming rig (specifically, the 1st generation Intel Core i7 960) but could not find any store that still carries them (they were all pushing for the Sandy Bridge Core i7 2600).

So today, I’m hoping I could find that CPU and be able to complete my hodge-podge of a gaming rig (still have a couple of LGA 1366 ROG motherboards Asus gave me a year or two ago, plus the video card from Inno3D I won in a raffle and Gainward gave me a kick-ass top of the line GPU several months back, the HDDs that Western Digital gave me last year and the Cooler Master CPU case I bought just for kicks). So all I need is a fairly new processor and two 4GB sticks of RAM.


This is in anticipation of Diablo 3, which should be out anytime soon.

Anyway, I was thinking that if I still cannot find that Core i7-960, then I should have a back-up processor. The most likely candidate is the AMD FX6100 3.3GHz 6-core processor.

Anyway, I thought of asking my readers what desktop processor they are using now. It’s been a while since we did a poll here at YugaTech.

Do chime in via the comments section and tell me what desktop CPU you are using right now and what do you use it for?

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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62 Responses

  1. dan says:

    Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked 3.3GHz (Quad Core) – pede OC upto 5ghz :)

  2. jhepoyski says:

    still using the e7400 series, though earlier my rig seems to tell me to Clean him or upgrade since its not turning on earlier.

  3. Tigrrr says:

    I am a 3D artist on a very tight budget and using an old and lowly Turion64 laptop right now, but about to assemble an AMD A8 desktop soon. Will use it for its great OpenCL performance, esp. in 3D rendering apps that take advantage of it.

  4. JOhnrid says:

    p4 3.0Ghz

  5. kelvin says:

    FX Series as of now is not that bad lalo na my patch na sya for windows 7. for multi gpu setup, FX Series is not the processor for you. In gaming, FX Series is not bad as other says(Single GPU Setup). Anyway, AM3+ ang FX Series pero backward compatible sya sa AM3 with bios update even required by mobo manufacturer. For intel setup, pwede na ung i5 2500k na cpu good for single and multithreaded apps.

    Here’s mine.

    Mobo: ASRock 990FX Extreme 4
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055t 2.8GHz
    RAM: Gskill Ripjaw X 1600 1.5v
    GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6850 1GB


  6. garz says:

    Intel Core i5 760
    Asus GTX 560
    4 GB RAM

    Not an exceptional setup, but it sure gets the job done.

  7. Have you tried any of the AMD Phenom II processors? I’m hearing good feedbacks about its performance especially the X6 series. They’re cheaper then Intel processors as well

  8. JM says:

    I’m using AMD Athlon x2 5000+ 2.2Ghz unlocked to Quad-core with L3 cached also unlocked. never tried Over-clocking them since I’m only using stock HSF :)..nowadays, these processors are very rare to find. at TipidPC, they sell these processors bundled with a core unlocking MOBO. :) Goodluck on your purchase sir abe!

  9. jeff says:

    <<– AMD fanboy =))

  10. jonski22 says:

    im typing this with a Pentium 4 2.0GHz, 1GB RAM and an 80GB HDD…guess what it still run both PS CS3 and Dreamweaver CS3..with my Outlook and some browser open…:)

  11. AMD Athlon II X3 445 – used for Office and Games

  12. jeff says:

    Phenom II x2 555 Black Ed.
    3gb kingston ddr2
    geforce 6100pm-m2 v3
    WD Blue Caviar HD sata 500gb
    ati radeon 1gb VC

    ganito lang ginawa ko rig last year.

  13. bern says:

    Intel core i5 1.7Ghz augmented by 4gb memory, I use it for small applications and browsing internet.

  14. Intel Core Duo E4600 @ 2.4 ghz

  15. Sir Yuga, post nyo rin po kung ano magiging overall gaming rig setup nyo kung sakali. I’m also planning on upgrading my PC to a gaming rig this year.

    2012 is gonna be the year of PC gaming!

  16. David says:

    Home Desktop: Pentium E5200
    Office Desktop: Core 2 Duo E7400

  17. im using Intel Xeon X3430,
    hehehe Used to be a server
    converted to a PC

    using this for 3D modeling so far its ok,
    working good for Left for dead,

  18. ninong says:

    the i7 2600/2600K is faster, cheaper, and more efficient than the old lga1366 i7s. its around as fast or faster than the 6-core i7 980x in benchmarks. i guess the old 1366 ROG boards you have is the only reason left to buy the i7 960.

    as for what i have running, i’m using an i5 2500k (and gtx 470) mostly for playing battlefield 3 and browsing.

  19. chubibo says:

    Intel core i3 almost a year old. Used mostly to watch movies, tv series. Connected to lcd tv and tube amplifier.

  20. makr says:

    still using the athlon x2 250… while we are on the subject of the amd fx6100, I think you are better off with the core i5 2500k or an i7. The fx6100 was on the top of my list for an upgrade until I saw the benchmarks… the core i5 handily beats the newer fx6100 on most benchmarks.

  21. Name: IC DeaDPiPoL says:

    AMD Athlon X2 250 with 6Gb RAM and relying on an onboard HD4250 (still don’t find a need for switching to a higher gpu)

  22. Noir says:

    We currently have 2 Desktops

    Both have Athlon II x3(1 unlocked older one to X4 other one is just new so havent tried it yet)


    3 laptops that has a C-50, a e_450 AND a Turion x2.

    2 Laptops with Intel Pentium and a Core 2.

    1 Desktop that just got demoted but I presume the Core 2 Duo E7200 in it is still functioning.

    • Noir says:

      Hmm just saw the other question.

      Both Desktop have a 6850 and a 5750. i Use the both for gaming

      technically speaking I see no use in buying Fast CPUs if gaming is all i care about. Buying an expensive GPU is better than an expensive CPU in games

  23. Damny says:

    Athlon 64 X2 4800+ since April 2008

  24. Damny says:

    Athlon 64 X2 4800+ since April 2008

    for internet surfing, playing online games, watching movies, use for word and excel

  25. Jethro says:

    Running a “desktop replacement computer” or a rather large laptop: Asus G74SX-3DE with an I7 2630QM and a GTX560M 3GB Video Card…

    If it was not for Electricity I would have gotten a Twin 580 SLI rig paired to a 5 GHZ OCed 2600K!

  26. Mick says:

    i’m using intel core i7 2600k unlocked 3.4ghz. (i dunno how to OC this thing, though) and PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 X2 with 16GB of RAM. i use it mainly for 3dsmax and autocad stuff tska sa upcoming new Resident Evil game! =)

  27. Jeric says:

    I’m still on core i3 530 @ 2.9ghz, 1156 motherboard. No complaining, it still gets the job done playing games. I’m sure diablo 3 will run on even old cpu’s

  28. Virex says:

    I bought an Alienware desktop last year, and im using:

    PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7-2600K (8MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 4.1GHz

    MEMORY 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz

    VIDEO CARD Dual 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeonâ„¢ HD 6950

    • rotero says:

      this is my dream rig setup…. actually im waiting p nga here in the phils ung i7 980…. 6 core heheheh.. meron na ba?

    • Virex says:

      i just checked, yups, available na sya sa latest Aurora (desktop) nila,, ito yung mga available:

      Intel® Core™ i7-3930K (Six Core, 12MB Cache) Overclocked up to 3.9Ghz
      Intel® Core™ i7-3930K (Six Core, 12MB Cache) Overclocked up to 4.1Ghz
      Intel® Core™ i7-3960X (Six Core Extreme, 15MB Cache) Overclocked up to 4.0Ghz
      Intel® Core™ i7-3960X (Six Core Extreme, 15MB Cache) Overclocked up to 4.2Ghz

      Up to 16GB4 Q DDR3 SDRAM at 1600Mhz – 4 DIMMS

      1.25GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560 Ti
      Dual 1GB GDDR5 AMD Radeonâ„¢ HD 6870 – AMD CrossFireXâ„¢ Enabled
      1.5GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 580
      Dual 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeonâ„¢ HD 6950 – AMD CrossFireXâ„¢ Enable

  29. Zorro says:

    AMD Athlon II X2 250, 3GHz

    • Lance says:

      I’m using this CPU too, coupled with an ATI Radeon video card and 2GB Ram. I can already play games that are high end. And it’s way cheaper than those i3s and up.. just wondering.. :))

  30. jb says:

    I am using a dual a intel e5700, 8gig ram, 2tb HD, 6670 graphics

    Will upgrade this year for ivy and 7900 series video card

  31. Pol says:

    Core i7 2600K
    Z68 Mobo
    GTX 570
    16GB Corsair Vengeance

  32. Jedrek Tan says:

    intel i3-2100 sandy bridge. its a fast budget pc it could beat previus generation i5 and almost on par with i7 of the past XD

  33. Ivy B says:

    Intel i7 Haswell, (Six Core Extreme, 18MB Cache) OC to 4.6Ghz
    Dual 2GB GDDR6 AMD Radeonâ„¢ HD 8200
    16GB DDR4 RAM
    1024GB SSD

    • JM says:

      For real? GDDR6 HD 8200 and DDR4 RAM? Well, maybe there is a 1024 SSD even if I’m not sure. but for the 1st two I mentioned? hell yeah! I will believe it if you post such a CPU-z screenshot and GPU-z! or else..another talkshit..

    • Ruelle says:

      Lol JM, you don’t have to take him seriously, although even if Ivy Bridge isn’t even out yet, I’m real excited as to what Haswell will bring to the table.

      @Ivy B

      I would’ve been impressed with the set-up, but an HD 8200? Dude that’s onboard graphics level XD You should study AMD GPU nomenclature first :)

  34. noli007 says:

    since 2009
    Intel Core 2 Duo
    3GB DDR2
    NVidia 9900GT
    160 HD Seagate
    Windows 7 Premium
    Use mainly for gaming – Latest game installed arkham city
    If works fine for the past fav games Fallout FarCry Crysis

  35. Ken Daison says:

    i7-980 OC to 4.8Ghz
    3x 3GB EVGA GTX 590 SC (SC from the box)
    16GB DDR4 RAM
    2 TB Seagate HDD
    1250W Corsair EVO Galaxy
    32GB DDR4 RAM Corsair Crossfire
    ASUS Rampage Mobo
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

  36. roiji says:

    Intel Core2Duo E8400 @ 3.0Ghz
    I use it for Facebook.


    I haven’t really put its power into good use.. hahahahaha

  37. sylv3rblade says:

    Just built an i5-2500K rig this december. I’m looking forward to update that rig (or replace it) come Ivy Bridge

  38. Pusang Kulog says:

    Built 2 weeks ago:

    Intel Pentium Dual Core G620 at 2.60 Ghz
    8 GB RAM Kingston HyperX (2x4GB)
    On-board Intel HD Graphics

    Being use as an HTPC with XBMC on top of Windows 7 so that the unit can be use also for simple home computing needs.

  39. Pusang Kulog says:

    Built 2 weeks ago:

    Intel Pentium Dual Core G620 at 2.60 Ghz
    8 GB RAM Kingston HyperX (2x4GB)
    On-board Intel HD Graphics

    Being used as an HTPC with XBMC on top of Windows 7 so that the unit can be use also for simple home computing needs.

  40. Mike says:

    i7 2600k for me i5 2500k for the wife.

  41. jego207 says:

    ang gagandang ng hardware ng mga tao dito ah.

    Mine’s a trusty i3 sandy bridge, and 1GB nvidia, 4gb ddr3. spent only 8k for the upgrade when my motherboard got fried. :) other hardware are still good and intact!

  42. john says:

    Core i5 2500k Intel mobo 1333DDR3 generic kingston RAM 4gig (upgradeable soon)
    Nvidia GTX 560Ti 2Gb DDR5

  43. Bren says:

    Best use i5 2500. Best bang for the buck processor out there. Go with 2500k if you plan to overclock your processor otherwise stick with 2500. :)

  44. metre9dmt says:

    My desktop rig has a Celeron 330 (2.66 Mhz, 256Kb L2 cache, single core). It’s about 7 years old. It is used web browsing, general office applications, simple video editing and light gaming. I know it is in its last leg and planning to have a new one within the year. As to which CPU (Intel or AMD), I’ll wait for the release of Windows 8 and determine which one provides a better price:performance ratio. I might even try to have an ARM-based rig if it became available.

  45. iks says:

    Right now im using AMD 720 BE x3 (Triple Core) Phenom II. Overclock up to 3.8 max stable.

    and planed to change it to Intel procie once IVY Bridge came out.

    -for gaming.

  46. vincent says:

    pentium 4 ht, 3.0ghz…
    1.5gb ram, 128mb fx5200, 80gb hdd…
    i know it’s crap, haha

  47. Jasper says:

    AMD processors all the way!

  48. airnolds says:

    Quadcore Q6600
    4gb Ram
    Galaxy 512mb VC


    since 2007-2008 [estimate]…

    Plan to upgrade in 2013. whatever comes after i7 then i’ll probably purchase that..

  49. Rtimn says:

    My build is core2quad, gts450 (1gb/128bit) vcard and 8gb memory and still runs Ultra on Battlefield 3. my pc is almost 2 years now :).

  50. Sam says:

    Intel Core i5 2430M @2.40GHz,
    8GB DDR3 RAM
    NVidia Optimus 1GB

    Web and Mobile Apps Development

    • JM says:

      This isn’t a Desktop processor. Yeah good specs for a laptop :) Nvidia Optimus what model? I guess 520M? hahahaha..

  51. Kyle says:

    Core i5 2500K
    GTX 560 Ti for CUDA acceleration
    16 GB (4×4 GB) Patriot Signature
    FSP Everest 700W

    More than enough for developing .NET and Android applications, using Adobe Creative Suite programs (particularly Premiere Pro, Photoshop and After Effects), and a bit of Autodesk 3ds Max and gaming.

    I do most of my gaming on consoles these days due to their convenience and a more refined and streamlined online experience, particularly on Xbox Live.

  52. Cleric says:

    I have an i5-2400 with 4gb Ram usually used for school works and light gaming… no VC(para may time pa magaral haha)

  53. Aron Jay says:

    AMD Phenom II 965 BE
    10GB DDR3
    No VC
    1.6TB HDD.

  54. Joshua M says:

    AMD Phenom II X2 unlocked-> X4 3.5Ghz

  55. Philip Jew says:

    I use a IBM G4 1GHz at home and a Quad Core i something but my 10+yr old Powerbook G4 still blows away these Windows machine when it comes to MS Excel.
    I have in front of me an Excel File which calculates our delays, in the Windows machine it takes between 30 to 40 minutes but my old Powerbook G4, it only take 12 to 15minutes.
    I’m telling you, Intel sucks balls.
    Windows sucks balls and MS doesn’t still know how to port MS office to windows correctly.
    MS and PC makers should be hanged for wasting so much manhours on there account.

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