Gaming CPU - Dual vs Quad

I was reading this article the other day and it pretty much said that the best bang for your buck gaming CPU would be a faster dual core instead of a slower quad core. Looking at gaming computers, such as Alienware, I always see them with quad cores. I am wondering if the article is accurate or not?
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  1. Accurate....

    and almost 18 months old....
  2. Quad cores are now better since they have dropped to a price low enough that they are comparable to higher end dual-cores.

    As for gaming, fast dual cores are slightly better since games don't use more than 2 cores yet...but you can overclock a quad core so each individual core reaches the speed of a dual core.

    So if you're going for a cheap/medium end build, go for a $70-$120 dual core. If you're going for a higher end build, go for a quad core.
  3. So games pretty much just care about the speed of the processor and not the amount of cores? So when will games start to use more then two cores? Will it be in like a year or 5 years?
  4. It depends on the game. And what else is going on in the system. There are games that will now run faster on quad core CPUs.

    How Many CPU Cores Do You Need?
    Part 2: How Many CPU Cores Do You Need?
  5. icu222much said:
    I was reading this article the other day and it pretty much said that the best bang for your buck gaming CPU would be a faster dual core instead of a slower quad core. Looking at gaming computers, such as Alienware, I always see them with quad cores. I am wondering if the article is accurate or not?


    Since when does Alienware have good bang for buck? :)
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