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January 11, 2009 8:09:45 AM

I currently Have a Core 2 duo E6550 and it has been fine for the past year, serving me well.
However recently I have gotten into 3d Modelling / Animation and have been thinking about maybe getting a Quad core to cut my render times down.
I have looked around and found the Core 2 Quad 6600 Which almost halves render times in the test programs on the charts on here. However in some games (which I also play) It hasn't had much effect (again going by the charts on here). I am after an answer whether it really would be a worthy upgrade for me for the price also, think its around £150-170, if it is only going to be an upgrade in this one niche area for me, or overall will i see dramatic improvments.


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January 11, 2009 8:19:18 AM

it just depends if you want too or not, if your sick of waiting so long to render then maybe....
January 11, 2009 10:53:16 AM

Minor in current games, will show more as games are released that utilise quads. (Supreme Commander, GTA IV)
It will as Sharken says, be mostly seen in rendering so thats a personal decision really. If you dont do that much / doesnt bother you that much then sit on it for a few months, as there may be some juicy price cuts coming soon.
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January 11, 2009 6:03:27 PM

Thanks Pr2thej,
Ye after thinking about it and looking around a little more, Probably best if i wait as my rendering would be the only thing that would really improve and that isn't essential at the moment. If your right about potential price cuts then I will be first in line :)