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Is a AMD Athlon x2 dual core good for gaming?

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a b 4 Gaming
August 10, 2012 5:43:15 PM

Hello,
I would like to know if a AMD Athlon dual core 250 is good for gaming or not cus I'm getting it
a b À AMD
August 10, 2012 5:52:05 PM

Not really, at this point in time there aren't really any good dual core processors for gaming as a number of new games struggle to run on them and require a 4 core processor.

I'm actually typing this from an Athlon II X2 250 based computer right now, it's my moms and I think the thing is ok for web browsing, beyond that it's dirt slow to me.
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a b À AMD
August 10, 2012 5:56:53 PM

nope, unless its low end gaming. if you are going to give a dual core recommendation at this time period, the sandy bridge architecture dual cores will get you much farther.
August 10, 2012 5:59:13 PM

Depends on what you want to play, at what resolution, what your GPU is and what you want to spend!

Given that the graphics card is the most important element and Tom's has shown that for a mid-range card the CPU makes little difference, it's probably okay-ish for many recent games, for very little outlay. I have an Athlon X3 460 (just a little quicker than a 250) and that plays Metro2033 with good detail at 1080p and my 6850 is the limiting factor.

Of course a dual core Athlon isn't very future-proof, more and more games are utilizing a 3rd core and in a year or two you'll probably want a quad core.

Obviously if you spend more you will get a much more powerful processor.
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