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Hello. I currently have the e8400 processor and was wondering what better dual core I could get for GAMING. Since most games only use 2 cores anyway. I don't care about quad cores or 6 cores or anything higher, so don't post about that here, please. I know about the e8600, but are the new i3 dual cores better for games? Any info will be helpful, thanks.
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I3 4130 absolutely destroys your E8400
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Hello. I currently have the e8400 processor and was wondering what better dual core I could get for GAMING. Since most games only use 2 cores anyway. I don't care about quad cores or 6 cores or anything higher, so don't post about that here, please. I know about the e8600, but are the new i3 dual cores better for games? Any info will be helpful, thanks.

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Technically the unlocked quad cores are still better because they have faster individual cores. Intel won't put out an overclock-able dual core these days frown.gif

The i3-4130 is better than your E8400, but a used i3 530-560 or i5 650-680 would be quite good.
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You could try a x5260 cheaply (>20$) if you did the Xeon mod, which is well documented here. It's clocked like an E8600 (and overclocks nicely).
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Hello. I currently have the e8400 processor and was wondering what better dual core I could get for GAMING. Since most games only use 2 cores anyway. I don't care about quad cores or 6 cores or anything higher, so don't post about that here, please. I know about the e8600, but are the new i3 dual cores better for games? Any info will be helpful, thanks.

wat

It's pretty much true, most DirectX games saturate a single thread and take up part of 1-2 more. It's a limitation of the API.

How a few cutting edge games manage to spread the load out, I don't know. But most AAA/mainstream and almost all non-mainstream games are very poorly threaded.

EDIT: Also, the odd game here and there does something stupid like render shadows in the CPU (Skyrim mad.gif ), which can eat up all your other cores while still being CPU-bound on a single thread.
Edited by brucethemoose - 3/19/14 at 1:31am
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Battlefield3,4,crysis2,3,metro 2033,metro last light,need for speed most wanted 2012,some fpa more,rts games,3rd person view games,etc use more than 2 cores that setence is so 2008
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Hmmm, what do you guys think about the 4330 and 4340? They're only a little more expensive than the 4130 and seem a little faster. redface.gif
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Flooom - Your motherboard has Socket 775 - you can't use one of the newer I3 4000-series processors in your motherboard. You'd need to replace your MB, RAM, CPU at a minimum.

Your best bet is to pick up a used Q6600 at auction for $50-$60. It's going to be 2.4 GHz quad core, 8M cache, 1066 FSB. As mentioned already, there are some Xeons that will work but you need to swap some contacts on the bottom of the CPU with a specialized modification. Not advisable for anyone w/o steady hands, good eyesight, and a moderate amount of builder experience.

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Hmmm, what do you guys think about the 4330 and 4340? They're only a little more expensive than the 4130 and seem a little faster. redface.gif

You could probably get a used 2500k+Z77/Z68/P67 motherboard for that kind of money, and it would certainly be faster than a haswell dual-core. Hell, I got my 4670k+mobo for a little over $200.
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