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April 6, 2012 9:58:40 PM

Hi there
I currently run an Intel Core 2 Duo e6600 2.4ghz. I'm looking to upgrade ready for diablo 3, but i only have a 650i Ultra mobo which is 775 socket - so any new CPUs are out of the question. It's not too bad as i've heard Diablo 3 isn't really heavy stress on a system anyway.

I'm just wondering though, is it worth upgrading to a Core 2 Quad or just get a Core 2 Duo e7750 3.0ghz or something?
It's just i've heard that alot of games don't actually use all 4 cores! Is this true?

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April 7, 2012 9:14:24 AM

Yes it is true.Most of the games have no need for 4 cores. Most don't even use hyper-threading technology. You can easily get a good gaming PC with a Core 2 Duo or a 2cored Sandy Bridge CPU (like g840 or i3).

That being said I would not spend more money on a 775 system. It's a dead socket and,at least where I live, a good Core 2 Duo is almost the same price as a low end 1155 mobo+low end 1155 CPU. And DDR3 RAM is cheaper then DDR2
April 7, 2012 9:35:14 AM

if you can find a cheap used Core 2 Quad its worth it. sell your current processor and use the money to buy a used C2Q like the Q6600/Q8400/Q9400 and overclock it.
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April 7, 2012 9:42:31 AM

chinoroy said:
if you can find a cheap used Core 2 Quad its worth it. sell your current processor and use the money to buy a used C2Q like the Q6600/Q8400/Q9400 and overclock it.


Cheers mate. So for example, if i bought a 2.4ghz Quad - i would see a difference over my 2.4 Dual core with a game such a Diablo 3? Somewhere i heard that many games don't utilize more than 2 cores anyway, but i'm probably wrong!
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April 7, 2012 9:51:48 AM

People who played diablo 3 beta said that the game does indeed use 4 cores.
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April 7, 2012 9:52:36 AM

no point in upgrading to another dualcore

yes its worth it to get a quad
April 7, 2012 8:21:41 PM

zoofie said:
Cheers mate. So for example, if i bought a 2.4ghz Quad - i would see a difference over my 2.4 Dual core with a game such a Diablo 3? Somewhere i heard that many games don't utilize more than 2 cores anyway, but i'm probably wrong!

yeah the Q6600 even at stock is good. im sure you'll notice performance increase. you just need to pair it with a good gpu. and you can also overclock the Q6600 easily to 3.0GHz without changing the voltage (depends on the chip though). you just gotta make sure you get a G0 stepping one for the Q6600.
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April 7, 2012 10:05:34 PM

many new engines use mostly quad cores
frostbite 2 and unreal 3 can fully use quad cores

cryengine 3 can use up to 6 cores iirc
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