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quad core or core duo for gaming?

by bigmikd / January 27, 2008 9:16 AM PST

would a quad core 2.66 ghz cpu with 1066 fsb beat a duo core 3.0 ghz cpu at 1333 fsb? would i have to run 64 bit vista? is 64x required to maximize memory usage as evga board only goes to 4x1gig memory at 32 bit/4x2gig at 64x

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The 64 bit windows is "a wasteland"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2008 9:32 AM PST
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Be aware, today's games use more than one core.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2008 9:43 AM PST

You may find those that haven't played those newer games like Bioshock, Crysis so when you read the games are not using the dual cores keep reading and don't debate it with them.


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overclocking cpu
by bigmikd / January 27, 2008 10:34 AM PST

great article! i think that for gaming, i will go with the 6850 cpu dual core o/c to ~ 3.7 gig, vista 32 bit. should i go with ultimate or the cheaper version? and as much ram as i can afford.

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For gaming, any version will do.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2008 10:40 AM PST
In reply to: overclocking cpu

It's just the host...

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No and No
by At The Opera / January 27, 2008 9:35 AM PST

Maybe at some point down the line, when more games are written to be aware of more than one core, but that's a couple of years down the line minimum, so for a system you're building today, there's no real point in spending more money on a quad core chip.

Also, the trend has been to make more and more use of the processing power in the GPU and rely less on the CPU. So it's probably not worth getting a top of the range CPU anymore for gaming, when the GPU is going to be shouldering an increasing amount of the burden.

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duo core for my games ok
by bigmikd / January 27, 2008 10:38 AM PST
In reply to: No and No

im a bigtime c&c, and star craft gamer, i do a good deal of music editing aswell. i think that the quad core is overkill for me at this time. i can get a 3g cpu for same/less than the 2.4 quad and ill go with 8800gtx vid cards, just one at a time for now.

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by juclark50 / January 28, 2008 1:57 AM PST
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