How many cores are enough for gaming?

Discussion in 'Video Games and Technology' started by Starscream600, Dec 20, 2012.

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How many cores?

  1. Dual Core (2 Cores)

    1 vote(s)
    9.1%
  2. Quad Core (4 Cores)

    7 vote(s)
    63.6%
  3. 6 Cores

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. 8 Cores (If there's an 8 core processor lol)

    3 vote(s)
    27.3%
  1. Starscream600

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    Bear with me guys, I'm collecting info for my rig build. Anyways, how many CPU cores are enough for gaming?
     
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    Most CPUs are still 2 core, and that's usually good enough. What's your budget?
     
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    If the game isn't coded to take advantage of multiple cores, then one is enough.

    Completely depends on the game in question, and if you plan to have anything else running in the background, really.
     
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    About 1K. I've asked around and most seem to say quad core processors.
     
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    4 is good, and not overly expensive.
     
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    A high end, dual core Ivybridge i3 will set you back $130 to $150. Quad core Ivybridge i5s start at $190. Just keep that in mind as you compile the rest of your system. The motherboard, hard drive and video card will immediately eat up a chunk of dough, and the rest will add up quickly.

    And if I might, I think this case is beautiful. Just putting that out there. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139018
     
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    Quad core with AMD Radeon Graphics and you're good to go.
     
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    I'd skip the $70 mouse and put it toward an i5, if possible.
     
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    In case you didn't see my Nvidia VS ATI thread, I think Nvidia won by 80% of the people's votes so I think I'm gonna get an Nvidia GTX card.
     
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    Don't forget case fans, and an aftermarket heat sink for the CPU.
    Maybe it's different now, but we used to avoid video cards with "SE".
    Ditch the Razer stuff. I had a Deathadder a few years ago; middle clicking was infuriating.
     
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    Yeah, I'm thinking of getting Air Penetrators for the case. And really? I've been using my Razer Deathadder Transformers Edition for quite awhile now and it feels great.
     
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    If it works for you, keep it! I've been using a Logitech G9x with great result.
     
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    My dual core works fine with my high-powered graphics card.
     
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    My current setup has a Razer Arctosa keyboard and a Razer Deathadder Transformers Edition mouse so I think I'm gonna bring it over to my new setup too.

    As for fans, I think I'm gonna keep to the least amount of fans in the system as I don't want unnecessary noise from it so I'm going for a Corsair H100i Liquid CPU cooler and 2 Air Penetrators for the Radiator.
     
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    my current pc has an AMD dual core and Radeon HD 6250 and they work well enough for most games, plan to start putting together a good high spec gaming rig once I get a job
     
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    My recommendation would be the Intel i5-3570. If you're overclocking, then get the i5-3570K

    I have a lot of love for the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T though, man that was a beautiful chip.

    Word to my bro :thumb  i5-3570+16GB Ram+HD6970=Love :D 

    Merely opinion, not benchmark results. See whats in your price range and see how they stack up under gaming conditions.

    After market CPU coolers aren't really that big a deal unless you plan to overclock or are specifically trying for a 'silent system'. As a man who runs his gear stock, I've never had issues with the supplied cooling on a CPU.
     
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    A friend of mine is a freelance animator and his rig is a bit of a beast, Dual Quad Core for all his animating/rendering needs.

    I still have one of the first Dual Cores...

    Whats the future of 3D in PC games? If its on anyones radar then I would say whatever you think is suitable, double it for the extra screen pass.