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February 21, 2010 10:18:09 AM

I have a Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz that works great for me and delivers all I need, handling office documents, web browsing, music, movies and gaming. The most I multitask is when I back-up my information and simultaneously browse the internet. Would a 4 core i5-670 be what I need in a new system?

My biggest issue would be about gaming. I play on a 19" LCD at 1280x1024 and my system does just fine at top or very near top settings, with a 9800GTX+ graphics card. I'm looking to buy a 21.5" widescreen LCD, and play at 1920x1080 with a Radeon HD 5850. What I'm wondering is how much of the performance would rely on the CPU, and how well would my current CPU handle it?
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February 21, 2010 10:38:27 AM

Your CPU is absolutely fine even for GTX295 and HD5870.

You don't need a quad core CPU unless GTA IV is your favorite game.

p.s. The only quad core i5 is 750. i5-670 is a dual core CPU.
February 21, 2010 11:51:00 AM

Thanks a lot for the help, that's good to know.

I don't mean to sidetrack the topic too much, but why would GTA IV be more CPU intensive? I've also heard that Flight Simulator is the same.

I was intending to write i5 750 2.66GHz, but I copy-pasted wrong, and apparently I'm not allowed to edit my own posts.
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February 21, 2010 1:03:04 PM

dirk101 said:
Thanks a lot for the help, that's good to know.

I don't mean to sidetrack the topic too much, but why would GTA IV be more CPU intensive? I've also heard that Flight Simulator is the same.

I was intending to write i5 750 2.66GHz, but I copy-pasted wrong, and apparently I'm not allowed to edit my own posts.

Because GTA IV utilizes all four cores which most current games do not.
February 21, 2010 3:35:22 PM

Thanks a lot, that thread was an informative read.
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