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Single Core 3.8 or Dual Core 3.4 for gaming

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The price difference between the 3.8 Single core and the Dual core 3.4 is not that much. I was wondering what would be the better decision for as best gaming experience as possible?
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I would go for a 630 3.0GHz and move it to the 1066fsb and get 4.0GHz out of it. You will get a very good gaming experience from that.

To answer your question. At this time the 3.8GHz single core will outgame the 3.4 Dual core.

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I believe at this moment and games from the past would run slightly better on the single core form my experince, but in the future and I think soon, games will take large advantage of the dual cores. But the biggest difference I think will be noticed by the amount of RAM you have and what graphics card you have.

But I say go for the Dual Core.
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The dual core is much more future proof, also games are even starting to support dual core already, so i say go for the dual core. Thats what im doing, im getting a 2.66 and ocing it as high as it will go.
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As long as you get a 900 series Presler then the dual core for sure, many games can take advantage of dual cores including Oblivion (but you have to tweak the oblivion.ini file, set all values with "threaded" in them to "1" (Ex: AllowThreadedBlood=1)
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thanks guys this helps out a lot. i think ill go with the dual core its only less $100 more and ill get better performance later... how do you oc the fsb? and what would be a good mobo to do this on?
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basically you oc the FSB to get CPU overclocks unless you have the rare unclocked CPU... BIOS options
    
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thanks guys this helps out a lot. i think ill go with the dual core its only less $100 more and ill get better performance later... how do you oc the fsb? and what would be a good mobo to do this on?
What socket is the CPU? I would suggest a good Asus mobo as they are known to be good solid overclockers. Basically to overclock, go to the BIOS and increase the FSB accordingly, and when you are at the point in which Windows doesn't boot on normal, increase the vcore and keep going. Also watch your temps! Here is a great guide you should follow. And yeah, you won't be dissapointed with the dual core. Good luck.
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what motherboard will this work best on?
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post #10 of 13
Hopefully you won't go out and buy it now, Intel plans on a huge price cuts for all of their Preslers at the end of this month. From 13% to 50% with the debut of the 960.

So you may just want to wait just a couple of more weeks. As for the MoBo? A P5WD2-E Premium and Corsair XMS2 DDR2 675.
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