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Can someone give me Advice on Maximizing CPU Performance for Gaming Rig?

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Hello there,

I'm currently in the process of building a gaming rig and I'm aiming for top-notch CPU performance. I've done my research, but I'm seeking some additional advice from the experts here at HWBOT.

My main goal is to optimize my CPU for gaming, ensuring smooth gameplay and maximizing FPS in demanding titles. I'm torn between a few different options and could use some guidance on the best route to take.

Here are some specific questions I have:

Intel or AMD: Which brand currently offers the best performance for gaming rigs?

Overclocking: Is it worth it for gaming purposes? If so, what are some safe overclocking techniques and tools to use?

Cooling Solutions: What type of cooling setup would be most effective for keeping the CPU cool under heavy gaming loads?

Any suggestion or guidance would be highly appreciated.

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On 3/19/2024 at 10:07 AM, spit051261 said:

AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D

360 AIO


This, the 7800X3D out of the box is pretty much to most efficient gaming CPU you can get right now (both price and power consumption. It's doesn't produce a lot of heat, so a 360 AIO will keep it nice and cool, but something like a Noctua NH-D15 or a Thermalright Peerless Assassin will also work perfectly.

Pair it with some low latency DDR5-6000 to get the best out of it, higher frequencies usually don't offer too much benefit on AM5.


As for overclocking, a 7800X3D is locked down, you may optimize the curves a bit to get better performance out of it, but don't expect too much margin. You're more likely to get some gains out of overclocking the GPU, but even then I wouldn't expect anything near a 10% gain.

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