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Best CPU for Software Development + Gaming?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello!  I am planning a build for the future, and am thinking of what processor I should go with.  I want to game on this computer but I will probably also be doing a bunch of programming too, so I was wondering what CPU would be best optimized for this kind of build?

 

*Edit: the build budget will be ~$2000 USD

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Hey! Do you have a budget? If money's not an issue I'd put you on a 12 or 16 core Threadripper, but if it is I'd give you an i7-8700K or for less a Ryzen 7 or Ryzen 5


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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, Energycore said:

Hey! Do you have a budget? If money's not an issue I'd put you on a 12 or 16 core Threadripper, but if it is I'd give you an i7-8700K or for less a Ryzen 7 or Ryzen 5

Just edited the post, about $2000 USD

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When you say programming what do you mean? Like just typing

 

 

 

 

 

probably something obvious but im to stupid


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Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, QuantumBit said:

When you say programming what do you mean? Like just typing

 

 

 

 

 

probably something obvious but im to stupid

My job will most likely involve programming, possibly some virtualization and the such.  I am currently working on a Bachelor's in CS.

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7 minutes ago, Woodman567 said:

... so I was wondering what CPU would be best optimized for this kind of build?

It depends on the software development you'll be doing. If you're doing primarily smaller projects, CPU power is a non-factor. If you're going to do something like complicated applications, then something with more cores is better (mostly to lower compiling times)

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Just now, Woodman567 said:

My job will most likely involve programming, possibly some virtualization and the such.  I am currently working on a Bachelor's in CS.

I only half answered your question, my bad.

 

Not really sure specific types of programming, but I do plan to possibly make games in my free time or be an indie dev at some point.

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1 minute ago, M.Yurizaki said:

It depends on the software development you'll be doing. If you're doing primarily smaller projects, CPU power is a non-factor. If you're going to do something like complicated applications, then something with more cores is better (mostly to lower compiling times)

I will probably be doing bigger projects down the road.  For the time being they are smaller but I might want to experiment with some bigger projects on my own.

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1 minute ago, Woodman567 said:

I only half answered your question, my bad.

 

Not really sure specific types of programming, but I do plan to possibly make games in my free time or be an indie dev at some point.

I doubt you'll need that much processing power (I could be 100% wrong) So an 8700k + 1080ti 16gb of 3200+ ram should fit well. But keep in mind I could be wrong and something like a Threadripper would be much better/


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3 minutes ago, Woodman567 said:

Just edited the post, about $2000 USD

It's gonna depend on your compiler. Can it use the 24 threads to compile code? If yes - threadripper's the choice. Otherwise grab a 8700K. I'm sure you'll get parts lists very soon :P

 

I'd say you probably can just squeeze out the Threadripper 1920X, but damn GPU prices are stupid high right now (ethereum price is stupid high as well so makes sense).


We have a NEW and GLORIOUSER PSU Tier List Now.

 

You can check out the old one that gave joy to so many across the land here

 

Computer having a hard time powering on? Troubleshoot it with this guide. (Currently looking for suggestions to update it into the context of <current year> and make it its own thread)

Computer Specs:

Spoiler

 Mathresolvermajig: Intel Xeon E3 1240 (Sandy Bridge i7 equivalent)
Framepainting-inator: MSI RX 480 Gaming X 8GB Died in a horrible mining accident. Currently looking for used Vega 56s!

Attachcorethingy: GA-H61M-S2V-B3

Infoholdstick: Corsair 2x4GB DDR3 1333 CAS 9

Computerarmor: CM Elite 360 (Moddded to all hell by now)

Rememberdoogle: 120GB Trion 150 + 1TB WD RE+ + 240GB SSD Plus

AdditionalPylons: Corsair CX450M

Letterpad: Rosewill Apollo 9100 (Cherry MX Red)

Buttonrodent: EVGA Torq X3

Auralnterface: @Den-Fi が2年前にくれたヘッドフォン

Liquidrectangles: AOC G2260VWQ6 (Freesync 75Hz), Samsung SMB2030N (1600x900 VGA)

Brother's Computer:

Spoiler

Mathresolvermajig: Intel i3-2100 (carry over from my old build)
Framepainting-inator: GTX 650 Ti

Attachcorethingy: Intel Z68 (don't know anything else, got it from ebay for like $40)

Infoholdstick: Corsair 2x2GB 1333MHz C9

Computerarmor: Ashamed to say

Rememberdoogle: 120GB SP550 + 500GB 2.5" from a laptop

AdditionalPylons: Antec Basiq BP350 (not as loud as @STRMfrmXMN says it is) (actually pretty loud for my standards)

Letterpad: Logitech MK120 bundle

Buttonrodent: See above

Auralnterface: Hah! You wish

Liquidrectangles: Samsung 1600x900 + LG 1440x900

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