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are celerons as good as people say they are for gaming or am i better off going with somthing else?

am trying to build a good pc for my freind he likes to game alot like hl2 doom 3 and quake 4 all of thos but he doesn't want to spend alot.
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Originally Posted by spitfire
are celerons as good as people say they are for gaming or am i better off going with somthing else?

am trying to build a good pc for my freind he likes to game alot like hl2 doom 3 and quake 4 all of thos but he doesn't want to spend alot.
Celerons are toned-down pentium 4's. If you want budget get a Sempron64 which is a toned down Athlon64. They OC very well (ive gotten mine from 1.6 to 2.4 on the stock voltage) and still perform well.
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Celerons work fine for light to moderate applications at a very reasonable price (2.93 GHz Cellys can be found for around $70 these days). Depending on your friend's budget, a lower end Pentium that OCs well might be a better option. If his only goal with the system is gaming, he might do a bit better with an AMD system.
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Want the abridged answer?

No.
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He is pretty much right. While Celery chips arent terrible he is going to get pretty choppy performance playing those games on a Celeron.
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How cheap are we talking here? What's his budget for a CPU?
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He is pretty much right. While Celery chips arent terrible he is going to get pretty choppy performance playing those games on a Celeron.
Erm... I had a 2.93 Celly D and it was fine. The gfx card matters a lot more than the cpu. As long as you've got a decent card, it should be fine. Maybe a 6600 or something.
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You can get a pretty decent AMD 64 Venice 3000+ for around $120ish. I know you don't want to put that much money into it, but the performance gap between the Celeron and a Venice is very high. IMO, the best idea would be to get him as best of a CPU and VGA card he can afford, then skim on the other components: RAM, PSU (well don't get something really crappy, but something cheap and nice), optical drives (he doesn't NEED a DVD burner), sound card (he can live with onboard audio).
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Erm... I had a 2.93 Celly D and it was fine. The gfx card matters a lot more than the cpu. As long as you've got a decent card, it should be fine. Maybe a 6600 or something.
You can play Quake4 with a 6600 and 2.93 celly d and get a steady 50-55 fps while playing online?
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Celerons are decent processors for the money, however for complex and advanced computing tasks they can not keep up with the higer end processors. For moderate gaming they are fine, however as soon as you go onto heavy processing applications that rely heavily on the CPU they will fail badly. Some games that require more GPU processing power than CPU prcoessing power will work fine.
As soon as you start using the Doom3 engine however with decent AA then a Celeron CPU will badly struggle to keep up as the AA uses quite a bit of CPU power. Even with no AA the system will still struggle as it requires a high bus speed to transfer all the data. The problem is that these later games require a lot of physics processing for the AI, and this is done mainly in the CPU which causes lag issues.

If he/she is not going to use high settings with the later games I would expect a Celeron to operate at a decent rate to an extent.
They do overclock quite well however, but the small cache and the low bus speed do not help
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