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The reason i recommend quads like the 2500k and its Ivy brother 3570k fo gaming builds is value for money. By spending a little more money you get a very substantial performance increase especially when you overclock. Yes a 2500k is overkill today but a good CPU/mobo combo can last a longtime and handle multiple GPU upgrades. If I had gotten a dual core instead of the i7 920 I would probably have had to upgrade by now but my 920 @ 4.0Ghz is still more then enough to power everything on the market and will probably do so for one or two GPU generations more.
Also like others have said powerful quads do come in handy in other applications besides gaming. I do 3D rendering and for that there is no such thing as overkill.

This. There hardly are games that would get bottlenecked with 2500K when its OC'd. And those would be games that are basically the same as doing that 3D (ARMA, you can always crank up the amount of CPU players...).

If a quad is in your budget go for it.
If you already bought sandy/ivy dual core, and you don't want to waste money, stick with the dual core. Upgrade to a quad when making the next computer.
post #52 of 61
MMOs (even WoW) will take advantage of a quad. If anything, it lets me multitask with multiple programs on multiple monitors open.

As said above, it's a small price premium for a substantial improvement.
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OP is so right! I'm running on an i3-3200 now and so far the only game that has been able to bring the cpu usuage to 100% is guild wars 2 in world vs world. Not even battlefield 3 on 64 servers was able to do that
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OP is so right! I'm running on an i3-3200 now and so far the only game that has been able to bring the cpu usuage to 100% is guild wars 2 in world vs world. Not even battlefield 3 on 64 servers was able to do that

Which GPU are you using?
post #55 of 61
why the need to overclock a quad core when its already enough for any game you throw at it ? oc'ing a dual core yields better performance in games but doing the same to a quad wont yield that much more gains in fps in games rite since most games dont even use all 4 cores
    
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For me yes. I'd love 4-6+ cores and 8 threads biggrin.gif
I can take advantage of it for both work (design, video rendering, 3d rendering) and gaming.
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it doesnt give you any advantage in gaming whatsoever
    
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Seems like the OP and now mohit9206 are dedicated gaming players. You are right... you won't see a difference (unless you can't OC your i3 as high as an i5 of similar stats - or you get a 1440p+ monitor or multiple 1080p and a $500 GPU). The issue is that many of us - and I would actually venture MOST of us - use our computers for many other things that can benefit. I do software development and image editing... for the software IDE... heck, I could probably be just fine running on a Pentium 333 still... I mean sometimes I don't even bother loading Eclipse and just use notepad cuz it's faster. For image editing... the more cores and the faster they are can literally mean getting a 'free' hour to work on something without spending that hour watching progress bars crawl their way across the screen. And even with development... often I want to run a couple of VM's running Linux and MacOS (shhh don't tell Apple) so I can confirm appearance and compatibility... so extra RAM and 4 true cores rather than 2 true/2 HT is much better for both!

If you're young enough to be able to do nothing but gaming at the moment... good for you - enjoy it while it lasts! However, unless you plan on upgrading hardware every year or so as your needs change... why not consider the things you MIGHT want to use your PC for in the future. thumb.gif
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post #59 of 61
Personally I just got the cheapest unlocked current gen CPU. 3570K. Think the multiple cores will make a difference in gaming in the near future, especially since quad core is starting to be the "norm" for gamers. Actually I'm starting to think I should've gone with the 3770K for a more future-proof build.
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Personally I just got the cheapest unlocked current gen CPU. 3570K. Think the multiple cores will make a difference in gaming in the near future, especially since quad core is starting to be the "norm" for gamers. Actually I'm starting to think I should've gone with the 3770K for a more future-proof build.

I think you're perfectly fine. I just started working on my 'ultimate build' (which by OCN standards is actually pretty pedestrian I suppose) and considered both going X79 with 6core i7 or at least updating my 3570K with the 3770K... either one wouldn't have been that much extra since the case and the watercooling components were already well over that in cost. However, when I considered all of the things I actually NEEDED more horsepower for... it wasn't the CPU that was doing the work... so for a little less I just purchased another 7970... I can always upgrade (and will I'm sure) in a year or two with Haswell or IB-E which will help with the power-consumption greatly I imagine.

I've pretty much always worked from the assumption that it's better to under estimate the computational power required and over estimate the rendering power - and this only becomes more applicable as more software is written to exploit GP2U capabilities (OpenCL/CUDA).
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