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by Oatz / August 14, 2007 6:30 AM PDT

I asked about processors then realized I was in the wrong place so I`ll try again. I`m wanting a new computer and although I surf the net some mostly I play games but only single player. Would I be wasting money buying a computer with more than a 2.40mhz processor. Would that be enough to play the most recent games?

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For most..
by jackintucson / August 14, 2007 6:38 AM PDT
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recent games a 2.4 will do fine, but your video card(s) are going to be as, if not more, important as the processor. Find a system with at least 2 PCIe slots. This way you can expand on your video capabilities. There are many other factors that go with performance but these are the top two. Core 2 Duo systems are very reasonable now. Good Luck and enjoy!! Happy

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Leave yourself a little room to grow.
by VAPCMD / August 14, 2007 10:16 AM PDT
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Right now that CPU might be OK....but in a few weeks, or months you may discover another use or interest requring more CPU. If the 2.4GHz CPU is much more is the next faster one. If within reason and the budget...go for it.


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room to grow
by Oatz / August 15, 2007 3:57 AM PDT

Thanks to you two for answering such a dumb question. Just to let you know I`m going with 3.20ghz overclocked. That should do it.

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by ozos / August 15, 2007 6:52 AM PDT
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I wouldn't go with a factory overclocked system, for a few reasons, the primary one being that it shortens the life of the system compared to a stock CPU.

Also, CPU type matters quite a bit, the clock speed means more or less nothing.

I'd look at a Core 2 Quad based system, which should give you more than enough CPU power and allow for future expandability.

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Processer isn't everything
by gameplayer2011 / August 20, 2007 6:36 AM PDT
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RAM can be just as important as your processer. go with at least 2GB if you can aford it.

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Some suggestions
by Dango517 / August 25, 2007 6:46 PM PDT
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With the new dual processors 2GB of RAM memory is recommended. Also, if you can get a mother board that you can up grade the CPU on in few years that would be great. Most new computers come with chip set GPUs, a PCIe graphics card might be in your future. DirectX 10 is only available with Vista for now. Vista systems can run an Xbox 360 game controllers (I just heard this the other day. Not really sure about this one). An advanced ethernet adapter wouldn't hurt, for around $30.00 (US), wired or wireless. All items but the Motherboard can be bought later.

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