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November 4, 2010 6:22:25 AM

Hello, I am looking at buying an HP Envy for use as my primary computer. Aside from the usual Word/TV/Internet use, which is completely fine on my current laptop, I'd like to do some gaming. Right now, I want to play Mass Effect 2 on top settings, but I'd like to future proof myself for 2-3 years. I have two connected questions:

1. dual vs quad
2. importance of CPU with good GPU

I like the Hp Envy line, so I'm sticking with them I think. I can get the quad i7-720 or 740 option in the Envy 17 or the dual i5 560m for maybe $100 cheaper. I'm under the impression that now most games don't use the quad function yet, but what about in 1 or 2 years? How important is the i7 in gaming performance? I've heard that with only 1 or 2 cores going, the i5 goes at a higher clock. The Envy 17 comes with the ATI HD5850.

If I opt for the Envy 14 or 15, the GPU gets dropped to the HD5650 or the HD5830. Will this make a noticeable difference?

Price isn't really the limiting factor here, but I want to get what I pay for.

Thanks!

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a b 4 Gaming
November 4, 2010 6:25:07 AM

a recent (october) Tom's review of 20 popular games revealed an average of 2.75 cores used.

I'd get the quad core and the 5850
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November 4, 2010 6:38:53 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
a recent (october) Tom's review of 20 popular games revealed an average of 2.75 cores used.

I'd get the quad core and the 5850

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November 9, 2010 1:05:09 AM

If you are a hardcore gamer then get a Quad Core. During the next year or two more "higher end" games will utilize more than 2 cores. Are there any going to any properly coded or ported games that will use more than 3 core? I don't know...
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November 9, 2010 2:22:20 AM

Well, there has to be, or it wouldn't be a 2.75 average?
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November 9, 2010 9:19:09 AM

some already use 4 cores: Final Fantasy XIV has a 4-core Athlon II as a minimum. GTA IV uses 4 cores as well.
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November 9, 2010 8:50:26 PM

=o thought so...
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November 11, 2010 12:41:09 AM

Best answer selected by buggaby.
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