Originally Posted by jsc1973
Originally Posted by Liranan
Try playing GTA V on that dual core and you will find out why you shouldn't listen to people recommending dual cores. You absolutely need more than two cores for games now, the time of the dual core passed long ago and if your nephew intends to do more than just browsing on this PC a dual core is a very bad idea (I wouldn't even use a dual core for browsing).
Use the Phenom II 840 and overclock it as much as you can. On older titles that use just two cores, the Phenom II will be good enough even if it doesn't have the same single-core grunt as the Pentium. Some newer games won't even run on a dual-core, and even if they do, they don't like it.
To clarify this even more a dual core Pentium will run GTA V at around 15-20fps, which is what my 15W laptop APU + discreet GPU gets (I will admit I am CPU limited as the GPU is only at 50% use but then I didn't buy the laptop to play games on it so I couldn't care less).
Dual cores cannot clock high enough to match two extra cores, which is why i3's crush dual cores in modern games and let's not even talk about i5's, FX6xxx's or higher core count CPU's.