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Hi, Im a new member of this froum and I would like some information about Core2 and the new i3 i5 i7 CPUs. Basically I wanna build my own system for the first time suited for gaming. I plan on buying the expensive parts over the course of 6 months roughly. But im wondering if Quad and Dou are still even considered good? Are they outdated or are they still heavily used? I cannot afford to spend so much on a i7 system because im new to system building and would rather not risk making a mistake building a £1500+ system. What you people think... Is core2 still considered good, or is it past it? Thanks, Ryan. redface.gif
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post #2 of 30
The Core2Duo's/Quads are getting outdated but are still pretty good. If anything, you could build a decent budget build with an i3 and still get killer performance! Good luck!
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i came from an overclocked q6600 to an i5 2500k and i can definitley tell the difference in games.

as far as gaming goes i think a 2500k is the ultimate processor due to the fact it's cheaper than i7 (we dont need all that HT crap) and it overclocks immensley,

it wouldn't cost £1500 for a great gaming rig, infact i'd say half that and you're good... a 2500k will last you a lot longer than an old quad core will
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post #4 of 30
Core 2 Quad/Duos are still very good for gaming, but comparing the leaps in technology you are much better suited to get a Sandy Bridge system. It will make your mind at ease knowing you have the latest and greatest from Intel.
post #5 of 30
If you're building a new rig Socket 775 (the Core 2 CPU's) is outdated, yes.
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Originally Posted by XanderDylan;14404178 
The Core2Duo's/Quads are getting outdated but are still pretty good. If anything, you could build a decent budget build with an i3 and still get killer performance! Good luck!
Thankyou for that! I dont know much about the new i3 CPUs. Could yoe recommend me what type i should consider buying? Im hoping to play games like BF3 or SKYRIM. Thanks, Ryan.
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post #7 of 30
In my book, yes they are.

Until recently I had a really high end i7 system which had cost me about £5000 in parts. It was using an i7 950 which I had running @ 4.2Ghz with 12GB DDR3.

I upgraded to that from a Q9650 @ 4Ghz with 4GB DDR2.

Apart from load times thanks to the pair of SSD's i also upgraded to. I noticed NOTHING.

I have gone from a Q6600 @ 3.0Ghz to a Q6700 @ 3.6Ghz to an E8600 @ 4.33Ghz to a QX9650 @ 3.8Ghz to a Q9650 @ 4Ghz and finally to an i7 950 @ 4.2Ghz.

Besides synthetic bench marking, I really struggle to see a performance different in any real world tasks.

Off the back of this, I have just acquired two Quad Core Xeon E5430's which are similar to the Q9450 and want to build myself a dual CPU system. I wouldn't be building with last gen tech if I didn't think it was good enough.

I cant speak for sandybridge though. And remember with Socket 775 and 771.... Its already hit the end of the road.
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post #8 of 30
The answer is yes. If you can't afford i7 build an i5 system.
post #9 of 30
if you do end up going with a 775 rig, make sure you overclock the hell out of it. well that goes for any comp you use for gaming
post #10 of 30
Your market may be different, but you can build a Sandy Bridge system for the same price as a system based around a Q9550. If you go with a cheaper quad, they're slower than the PhenomII Quads and cost more, so none of the 775 based systems make sense in the U.S.
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