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Does quad core really make a difference..?

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August 6, 2011 12:05:48 AM

hello, i dont mean in just everyday use, for core hungry games like GTA 4 , BF3 etc and the games for the future which will be relying on quad core processors, i currently have an e5300 i got cheap overclocked @ 4ghz with a hd 4870 which suits me fine for most gaming.. only trouble ive had is with gta4 on a mere 15-20FPS , so would a quad core really make much of a difference? i am looking forward to BF3 and the MINIMUM is a core duo @ 2.4ghz i believe but recommended is the quad core, is it a needy upgrade? moneys tight ( as usual ! ) as this was a low budget build and i believe quads hang around £90 ...
thank you.
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August 6, 2011 12:57:51 AM

Yes a quad core does make a difference; however, the cost of a new quad core can be quit steep for a Socket 775 $200+
August 6, 2011 2:49:55 AM

yup quad cores,yes they are good.i currently have an i5 2500k and hd 6850 1gb and its gr8 for 1080p gaming and even for apps and multitasking's like butter..

I recommend you to tell us your max budget and then we will surely help :D 
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August 6, 2011 3:27:40 AM

rohangupta said:
yup quad cores,yes they are good.i currently have an i5 2500k and hd 6850 1gb and its gr8 for 1080p gaming and even for apps and multitasking's like butter..

I recommend you to tell us your max budget and then we will surely help :D 

thanks, im not sure on the budget.. maybe around £100 .. although in the US you do get your components cheaper, i was thinking the q6600 due to the good reviews on its overclocking features and you can pick them up for £70 on ebay but i think i may be stuck with my 4870 for at least 12 months... im not too bothered with resolution anyway as my tv's my monitor and 1080p isnt stable at all, so thats always a little bonus for me not minding the resolution.
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August 6, 2011 4:00:45 AM

It has been over a year now but tom's did some tests with various games and a processor with 4 or more cores. They ran the same test with 1 through N cores. They found that some games improve performance all the way to 4 cores, but the difference from 3 cores to 4 cores might not be very much.

There are a lot of factors to consider but if you have to buy a new CPU through normal channels it might not be worth the upgrade cost. If you could find one cheap then it might be worth it to you. If you had enough budget then you should go all out and get the new i5-2500k but that can be pretty expensive overall.
August 6, 2011 4:11:35 AM

cadder said:
It has been over a year now but tom's did some tests with various games and a processor with 4 or more cores. They ran the same test with 1 through N cores. They found that some games improve performance all the way to 4 cores, but the difference from 3 cores to 4 cores might not be very much.

There are a lot of factors to consider but if you have to buy a new CPU through normal channels it might not be worth the upgrade cost. If you could find one cheap then it might be worth it to you. If you had enough budget then you should go all out and get the new i5-2500k but that can be pretty expensive overall.

yeah, i was looking for something like that which compares various quads, but an i5 would mean a completely new system which is a no-no for now, but i may give the q6600 a shot but having trouble with my arctic heatsink with the fan so that bugger needs replacing first :fou: 
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