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More cores vs higher clock speeds?

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April 15, 2011 5:27:51 PM

I'm looking to build a gaming rig and I'm a little out of the loop in CPUs these days. I haven't done a build since 2006 and after spending 4 years away in the Marines, I decided why not build a new one?

Anyhoo, I'm specifically wondering whether it is better for gaming purposes to have more cores or higher clock speeds. For instance let's say a dual core Athlon II X2 265 @ 3.3 GHz vs an Athlon II X4 630 @ 2.8 GHz or some such. What's the rule of thumb here?
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April 15, 2011 6:19:25 PM

Thanks guys
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April 15, 2011 6:27:24 PM

Well the quite obvious theory is that clock speeds can be increased but not cores.. And since games are fastly getting used to quad cores, it is obviously a wise decision to go for the X4 630.. The X3 as referred to above is also good for the price..
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April 15, 2011 6:28:35 PM

If you want the best gaming cpu look no further than the 2500k (2600k if you want bragging rights). They can't be beat these days....
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April 17, 2011 3:47:49 AM

majin ssj eric said:
If you want the best gaming cpu look no further than the 2500k (2600k if you want bragging rights). They can't be beat these days....


Why not the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz? How would you compare it to the 2500k?
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April 17, 2011 3:52:06 AM

kramerica20 said:
Why not the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz? How would you compare it to the 2500k?

Being 1.5 generations behind architecturally and 1 process behind, the 2 extra cores don't really help, especially in non-heavily threaded apps like games.
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