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HELP! Dual core vs quad core for gaming

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December 28, 2011 3:41:31 PM

SO i recently dropped my x4 965 on the ground( i know i m a fail) anyway i need another cpu
Specs:1000watt psu
2 6870 crossfire
no CPU
890fx mobo
2 hybrid 500 gig hardrives
8 gig 1333 mhz
So i was wondering and looking at 3 cpu's:The x4 975 to go with my current mobo and save money,the i5 2500k ill have to get new mobo, and the i3 2120 and ill have to get new mobo. So i was wondering if getting the i5 will really reduce my bottleneck i had with the x4 and give me better performance?? Since i have crossfire will the i3 2120 bottleneck the gfx cards to?
I do some gaming, im not like OMG I GOTTA PLAY MAX OR I DIE, i do know how to overclock and i do some video rendering things also.oh and another thing would getting a dual core make fraps run terrible becuase it uses 1 core and it only has 2 of them and most games only use 2??? THANKS for all your help and i do know how to overclock
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December 28, 2011 3:48:31 PM

Are you sure the CPU is broken? It may still be okay, unless you bent a lot of pins, but you could still try to straighten them out. As for CPUs upgrades, I would not get another AMD CPU if you have two hd6870s. I would sell the 890FX and grab a 2500k and a decent motherboard and cooler. The 2500k stock should be great, but it also OCs very well. If you are on a budget, I would consider these boards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I personally own the ASROCK and I love it. I OCed my Core i5 2500k to 4.4Ghz with a Corsair h60 cooler without breaking a sweat. It could go even higher, but who really needs more than 4.4Ghz for gaming? Anyway, my point is, that board has many features, and overclocks very well, with a very nice price tag.
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December 28, 2011 3:50:43 PM

I narrowed it down to the i5 2500k and the phenom ii x4 975 but the i3 still in my mind, Amy way if you dont understand what im asking its basically that is getting the i5 reallt going to give the the 300 extra dollar perfromace cause i gotta buy new mobo and will it bottlneck my 2 6870s like my old x4?
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December 28, 2011 3:53:06 PM

@HostileDonut thanks for help, I bent ALOT of pins and some of them fell out so yea, i have a asrock board and i was loving it until i decided to put my computer back together
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December 28, 2011 3:53:11 PM

Thegamesterkid said:
I narrowed it down to the i5 2500k and the phenom ii x4 975 but the i3 still in my mind, Amy way if you dont understand what im asking its basically that is getting the i5 reallt going to give the the 300 extra dollar perfromace cause i gotta buy new mobo and will it bottlneck my 2 6870s like my old x4?

No, it will not bottleneck it. That CPU is FAST FAST FAST! Especially when OCed. If you buy another AMD CPU, you are gonna need to upgrade within a year anyway, so just make to jump to intel now. Sell the 890FX for some extra cash too.
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December 28, 2011 3:56:30 PM

since ivy bridge is coming out on that socket cant i upgrade to that to when the time comes to upgrade?
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December 28, 2011 3:58:11 PM

Thegamesterkid said:
since ivy bridge is coming out on that socket cant i upgrade to that to when the time comes to upgrade?

Yes, you can upgrade to ivy bridge on a 6x series platform I believe. You could just wait for ivy bridge. But, if you need the machine now, the 2500k is what you should be looking at.
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December 28, 2011 4:01:51 PM

HostileDonut said:
Yes, you can upgrade to ivy bridge on a 6x series platform I believe. You could just wait for ivy bridge. But, if you need the machine now, the 2500k is what you should be looking at.


Thanks for all your help, Im just going to go with the 2500k now and in a year or 2 upgrade to Ivy bridge. thanks :p 
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December 28, 2011 4:03:37 PM

HostileDonut said:
Yes, you can upgrade to ivy bridge on a 6x series platform I believe. You could just wait for ivy bridge. But, if you need the machine now, the 2500k is what you should be looking at.


Hey also I was more looking at this board because i had the amd version of it. does it look good?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 28, 2011 4:05:36 PM

That is a good board, but I would grab the Extreme3 Gen3 because it's cheaper, and with Ivy Bridge, you can utilize the PCI-E 3.0.
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December 28, 2011 4:08:10 PM

Yea i saw that one too just as i made that reply lol. So im gonna go with that one to future proof. Alright Thanks for all yo help. BYe :wahoo:  ;)  :pt1cable:  :cry:  :sweat:  :sweat:  ;)  :D  :fou:  :ouch:  :o  :bounce: 
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December 28, 2011 4:10:50 PM

Um.... I don't get all the smileys.... Maybe... Happy...? Anyway, have fun with the new hardware! Overclock that CPU!
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December 28, 2011 4:16:09 PM

Best answer selected by Thegamesterkid.
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December 28, 2011 4:39:01 PM

Most of the heavy games that are out right now can take advantage of around 3 threads right now. Now while hyper-threading on something like the Intel® Core™ i3-2120 on dealing with these programs but it wont bring it up to the performance level that you would get from the Intel Core i5-2500K. The Intel Core i5-2500K is maybe the best value in a gaming processor with top of the line performance.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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