Dual Core or Single Core for games?

Bonez483

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Ok so heres the thing, im thinking about upgrading my comp soon and here are my options due to my budget
I was thinkning of going with a AMD 64 35000/3800 or a AMD 64 X2 3800. But i recently was looking at benchmarks for the dual core cpu I found that in game performance it was slacking to say the least. I found that the 64 3200 cpu performed better in some cases then the 3800 x2. I mean all I Mostly do is play some games download music and surf the net, but also i didn't want to purchase a cpu that was already outdated. Is it possible that in the coming months the dual core cpu will perform better with games???
 

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I've been thinking the same thing, but since the motherboard I'm getting will support either, I'll probably go single core for now, maybe change it to a dual later on this year. I don't really want to spend $300 at the moment, not when $200 is just as good for the things I do.

But if you're going to get a 3800, you may as well get the X2 for maybe $30 more. Future games WILL be multithreaded, both from tha graphics and a CPU standpoint.
 

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I'm quite an online gamer and moving to dual core was the best move i've made in a long time (besides grabbing an opteron 165 :D )

Games are making their way towards dual core support and there are a number of them already there. Don't look at those benchmarks as they don't really indicate anything IMO.

I play WOW, COH/COV, FEAR, COD etc and on my opty, they play much smoother.
 

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I'll probably go single core for now, maybe change it to a dual later on this year. I don't really want to spend $300 at the moment, not when $200 is just as good for the things I do.
If you can not afford more than $200 now, I agree; but if the reason and logic is that I buy now a $200 cpu because I intend to upgrade it to dual core next year and the price will be cheaper, then I would advise buy the dual core now. This will ultimately save cash in the long run and have a system to enjoy for some time to come.
JMHO
 

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I'm thinking of a dual-core CPU upgrade also. I'm concerned about the effects that background processes like my anti-virus s/w and/or firewall may be having on games, especially when McAfee decides to download and install something in the middle of a GW mission or UW battle. That future games will use the added core makes this upgrade inevitable anyway. I have an Abit KN8 Ultra NF4U; what price/performance dual-core CPU would you guys suggest? I think $350-$400 is my likely max range, especially since I may want to add a second GB of RAM as well.
 

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the core clock on the 165 is slightly slower than the x2 3800, but that makes little if any difference. as stated earlier, the 165 will run cooler, has a larger cache, and has better overclocking potential.

now this doesn't mean that the x2 is not the way to go. like i said, the core clock is slightly faster than the 165, and still has plenty of overclocking abilities. i've seen quite a few people who have their x2 3800's oc'd to 2.5 on stock voltage and stock hsf. really, i'd say from here its all a matter of preference and bragging rights.
 

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Well, I'm probably not going to overclock, or perhaps no more than 5% or so just for the sake of doing it. It's that time of year to see how much of an extortion refund I'll be getting, so I may let that help in the decision. Thanks for the input.
 

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