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January 26, 2011 11:43:48 PM

I need to upgrade my aging intel dual core and i was thinking of trying amd because the cheapest intel quad core is around 20 dollars more than amds 6 core. but i was wondering if i should just get a quad core from amd because all that i really do on my computer is gaming (mainly fps) and downloading movies, music and streaming videos. would a high end quad core be good enough for these purposes? but also would the benefits of the 6 core technology be worth the extra money? its only about 20-30 dollars more.

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January 26, 2011 11:46:52 PM

A high end quad core like Phenom II x4 9xx BE beats the X6 in gaming so save your money and get an X4. The X6 comes into play if there is a lot of multitasking and when using multithreaded applications.
January 27, 2011 12:16:02 AM

Intel cores are better, but if you want to save more for a little less in performance, AMD will be the better pick for you. I agree with rolli59 that the Phenom II x4 9xx BE is a better pick. Most games do not utilize all the cores so 4 cores will be more enough. This is unless you are planning to keep that computer for 3 years or so, because there's no telling until when games start using more than 4 cores.
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January 27, 2011 3:04:46 AM

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Gaming I5 2500 or the 2500k would be your best bet

I second this

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January 27, 2011 3:08:42 AM

Generally speaking, Intel CPU performs better than their AMD counterparts. AMD CPUs are slightly cheaper with slightly less gaming performance, but at least the price makes it easier on your wallet.

The only reason I can think of to get a 6 core CPU is if you encode video using the X.264 codec. I use Handbrake to encode videos in my quad core CPU, it is the only program that uses all core at nearly 100%.

When it becomes my time to upgrade I may look at a 6 core CPU, but since I only encode video once in a while, I would need to weigh the encoding performance to the price difference between a quad core and 6 core CPU.
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January 27, 2011 3:43:09 AM

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Gaming I5 2500 or the 2500k would be your best bet


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Even in multi threaded software that can use 6 cores, this thing is beating AMD's 6 core processors, and it overclocks better if your into that.
January 27, 2011 3:56:15 AM

rolli59 said:
A high end quad core like Phenom II x4 9xx BE beats the X6 in gaming .


What basis you hv for this....

All 6 cores are not used by current games but that does not make them less performing then quad.
January 27, 2011 3:57:34 AM

kratom420 said:
I need to upgrade my aging intel dual core and i was thinking of trying amd because the cheapest intel quad core is around 20 dollars more than amds 6 core. but i was wondering if i should just get a quad core from amd because all that i really do on my computer is gaming (mainly fps) and downloading movies, music and streaming videos. would a high end quad core be good enough for these purposes? but also would the benefits of the 6 core technology be worth the extra money? its only about 20-30 dollars more.




Get a quad,, there is no point for a hexacore for the aims you have.
January 27, 2011 4:24:26 AM

well if u want a budget quad then get an Intel Q8300 2.50 Ghz.... i am using it and it's wonderful.....and cheap too..........
January 27, 2011 5:47:07 AM

2500K is the CPU to get right now, its just an absolutely phenomenal CPU and overclocks to 4.6ghz+ some even get 5ghz.

and its the best gaming CPU on the market so why not get it? ;) 
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January 27, 2011 11:20:00 AM

asheesh1_2000 said:
What basis you hv for this....

All 6 cores are not used by current games but that does not make them less performing then quad.

Mostly because the X4's have higher clock speed! Therefore faster at stock and have more overclocking headroom.
January 27, 2011 11:52:44 AM

rolli59 said:
Mostly because the X4's have higher clock speed! Therefore faster at stock and have more overclocking headroom.



Perhaps , if you meant instead of getting a hexacore , get a quad with higher clock speed then hexa, then i agree with you.
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January 27, 2011 1:42:29 PM

asheesh1_2000 said:
Perhaps , if you meant instead of getting a hexacore , get a quad with higher clock speed then hexa, then i agree with you.

The X4 965BE @3.4GHz for $165 is faster than a X6 1100T @3.3GHz for $260 at stock clocks for gaming. $95 in savings that can go to a better GPU. I do not count in turbo mode since it is just basic overclocking.
The X6 1100T is the only X6 that is faster than the 955BE which is the slowest of the X4BE CPU's
January 27, 2011 6:47:41 PM

this ^ +1
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