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Thread: New PC Processor

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    New PC Processor

    I'm building my first PC. I've upgraded a few, but never actually put one together. It will be mainly for gaming, but I do do a little photoshop and 3d stuff. Anyway, I have all the parts picked but the processor. I'm confused as to whether I should get a dual core or a quad core. These are the two I was looking at:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115036
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115017

    The dual core has more ghz, but theres less cores. I don't know how that works. So, my main question is, which one of those is better for a high end gaming PC. My budgets about 3k. I have everything else picked out.

    Thanks

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    This really depends on what games you want to play and how long you want this processor to be up to date.

    In most games today, the dual core will be faster. This is because most games today don't utilize the quad core technology. Certain games, like Crysis, on the other hand, do utilize the quad core technology therefore will run better and faster with the quad core.

    Now for the longevity point of view. The quad core is up and coming technology. In the future, more and more games will utilize all four cores. Therefore, if you want a processor that performs better for future games, the quad core is your best bet.

    Also, quad cores are better for multitasking because they can spread the load out over 4 cores instead of the 2 in a dual core.

    As you can probably tell, this is really a give and take situation. It is really up to you as to want you want out of your processor.

    Hope this helps,

    HT

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    Yeah, it does. I want this PC to last as long as possible, so i guess getting the quad core will be better in the long run. If games like Crysis are already utilizing the quad cores, in 2 years many more games will be. I guess the quad core will be better in the long run.

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    How about this one. 45nm tech, 1333 FSB, and a quad. Best of both worlds at the same price as the 8500. It has a lower clock speed but the other two cores will make up for it and then some.

    If you are going to go quad stay away from the Q6600. It is getting long in the tooth with its 1066 FSB and 65nm tech. By the time games are really using quads properly the Q6600 will Seem like a Celeron D. It is a great bang for the buck quad, but if you are willing to go to the price of the 8500 you might as well get the latest core revision in the Q9300 and it will run cooler and use less energy to boot.
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    Well (in short) dual core is better for gaming at current due to higher clock speeds but newer games now utilize quad core, so my advice is go with a quad core it will give you better performance over time go with the Q9450 its alot better than the Q6600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115042

    What are the rest of your specs by the way?
    My Computer

    Parts:
    CPU: Q9450 @ 3.6Ghz(OC'd)1800Mhz FSB
    Mobo: EVGA 780i
    GPU: HD 5870 (I have two but only got one in at the moment)
    PSU: 1000w Corsair
    Ram: 4GB Corsair dominator DDR2 1066Mhz
    Soundcard: Asus Xonar D2
    Monitor: Samsumg 226BW 22" and secondary 17" LCD
    Speakers: logitech Z5400
    Case: Silverstone Tj07


    Water cooling:
    Loop 1: Mobo NB & Mofset with Zalman resorator
    Loop 2: CPU (Ek supreme) with MCP 355 XSPC acrylic top 360 & 240 mm rad


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    hahah 3 reply's i didn't know i should refresh the page more
    My Computer

    Parts:
    CPU: Q9450 @ 3.6Ghz(OC'd)1800Mhz FSB
    Mobo: EVGA 780i
    GPU: HD 5870 (I have two but only got one in at the moment)
    PSU: 1000w Corsair
    Ram: 4GB Corsair dominator DDR2 1066Mhz
    Soundcard: Asus Xonar D2
    Monitor: Samsumg 226BW 22" and secondary 17" LCD
    Speakers: logitech Z5400
    Case: Silverstone Tj07


    Water cooling:
    Loop 1: Mobo NB & Mofset with Zalman resorator
    Loop 2: CPU (Ek supreme) with MCP 355 XSPC acrylic top 360 & 240 mm rad


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    Thanks. Thats the fastest I've ever gotten replys on a forum. Heres the specs

    Motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131284
    Graphics Cards (I'm getting 2 for SLI):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130339
    PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139006
    Hard Drive:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136185
    Sound Card:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102019
    RAM (Im getting 2 of these sets for 8 gbs):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231122
    Heatsink:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106061
    Case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811156078
    CD/DVD/BLU-RAY:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106225
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827129018

    plus some extra little things, like card readers, extra fans, and what not. Its going to run Vista Ultimate 64bit.
    I think I'll try the Q9450. Its more expensive, but it seems like a great medium between the current speed of the dual cores and the stuff that quad cores will be needed for in the future.

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    just realized that I can't run SLI with those graphics cards on that mobo. I'm choosing between these 2 now.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813141005
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131294

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    Get this MOBO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=EVGA%2b780i

    G.Skill i don't mind it but im sure heartbone will be here soon showing how much he dislikes them so go with corsair

    Dont get a mid tower mate they are nice but fitting 2 x 9800GTX is possible but will be very tight and the cooling is not very good have another look around newegg and see if you can find a full tower you like
    My Computer

    Parts:
    CPU: Q9450 @ 3.6Ghz(OC'd)1800Mhz FSB
    Mobo: EVGA 780i
    GPU: HD 5870 (I have two but only got one in at the moment)
    PSU: 1000w Corsair
    Ram: 4GB Corsair dominator DDR2 1066Mhz
    Soundcard: Asus Xonar D2
    Monitor: Samsumg 226BW 22" and secondary 17" LCD
    Speakers: logitech Z5400
    Case: Silverstone Tj07


    Water cooling:
    Loop 1: Mobo NB & Mofset with Zalman resorator
    Loop 2: CPU (Ek supreme) with MCP 355 XSPC acrylic top 360 & 240 mm rad


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    Corsair memory is great. I don't trust G.Skill, as George stated. I have reasons. Mainly because they're one of many companies I've dealt with who have no domestic customer support. If you have a problem, their customer service gives you a heart-felt "**** off."

    In any case, you're good with the exception of the 2x 9800 GTX. I mean, yes, that will make it a total BEAST of a computer, but too large a beast! If money is no object then go ahead, but you can save yourself $300-$400 by going with 2x 8800 GT. You might only get like... 90 fps in Crysis as opposed to the 95 fps you'd get otherwise, but at that level who cares?
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