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This summer i'm building my brother a rig for gaming, cause all he has atm is his crap laptop.

So i was wondering:

1. which is better for gaming on vista
2. which is going to be future proof for say the next 3 or so years (are games really going to utilise 4 cores within the next few years?)

And which Quad or Dual core would you suggest? (budget of around £130)
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post #2 of 14
If you want future-proofing, get a quad. They are only slightly behind duals when it comes to gaming, but in a few years once games can use them to their full extent, it's going to be worth it.
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post #3 of 14
the quad is definitely the futureproof route to go. the q6600 or q6700 are the "golden" chips as most people prefer them for overclocking. Gaming right now won't see much benefit, so it really depends on what your brother will be doing with it. If he wants all out balls to the wall speed, grab an e8400 and OC it like mad. If he wants future proofing grab the quad. Or, wait for Nehalem to come out and see what prices are like then.
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the quad is definitely the futureproof route to go. the q6600 or q6700 are the "golden" chips as most people prefer them for overclocking. Gaming right now won't see much benefit, so it really depends on what your brother will be doing with it. If he wants all out balls to the wall speed, grab an e8400 and OC it like mad. If he wants future proofing grab the quad. Or, wait for Nehalem to come out and see what prices are like then.
Nehalem chips are probably going to start at $400, possibly more. New tech is never cheap, look at the 2xxGTX series, they start at $450. And that's mainly because there is no competition, and when Intel releases the Nehalem, unless AMD has another trick up their sleeve, they can sell their chips at whatever price they want with the lack of competition.
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post #5 of 14
Go for a faster Dual. Quads won't be mainstream in 4 years let alone be used in games. Current games haven't used dual-cores to an extent IIRC. All important threads (AI, etc) go on Core 0 while the less important threads (music etc) are thrown on Core 1.
Edited by Somenoob - 6/10/08 at 1:13pm
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Go for a faster Dual. Quads won't be mainstream in 4 years let alone be used in games. Current games haven't used dual-cores to an extent IIRC. All important threads (AI, etc) go on Core 0 while the less important threads (music etc) are thrown on Core 1.
Not really, Crysis and COD4 are pretty far along, though not quite into quad>dual territory yet.

I still would want a quad over a dual, because you would be doing other things.
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Nehalem chips are probably going to start at $400, possibly more. New tech is never cheap, look at the 2xxGTX series, they start at $450. And that's mainly because there is no competition, and when Intel releases the Nehalem, unless AMD has another trick up their sleeve, they can sell their chips at whatever price they want with the lack of competition.
Right, but with nehalem out, the old 775 stuff will be cheaper
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I recommend a fast duo like the e8400 for gaming, that bastard will OC up to 4ghz on air, that will get you playing Crysis on Max and pretty much any other game in the next 3-4 years. quads are still *experimental* and not standardized. a q6600 is sick for like media computing and folding but the games that are out now and being made are especially for duos, those extra 2 cores will be idling... (Nehalim says what >X)
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Thanks guys, this help is much appreciated!
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post #10 of 14
yeah if its only for gaming, id suggest just getting a dual.

unless you do things like music or video editing, or photoshop, there really isnt a need for a quad.
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