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C2D still got it for gaming?

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Wondering if people think the Core2Duo series is still good enough for modern gaming?

Take my rig for example, I've got an E4600 and 6950 1GB (yet to update sig), is the E4600 going to be able to keep up, or do I need start looking at moving to a quad or new platform?

I can overclock it to ~3.4GHZ without pumping excessive amounts of voltage through and if I can get away with the E4600 for a while then I will.

When I say modern games I mean anything that's been released in the past 12 months and going to be released in the next 12 months. Witcher 2, MAFIA 2, Crysis 2 are just a few I've been thinking of grabbing, but not much point if my E4600 can't hold it's own.

Thanks for input.
post #2 of 77
Core 2 Duo can still game really good, especially when overclocked. I would look for a new CPU if you're going to be running a 6950 though.
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get a 9000 series quad, preferably a 9450 or better.
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Try to get a used Q9450 or Q9550.

I upgraded from C2D E6550 to Q9550.
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Originally Posted by d-block View Post
get a 9000 series quad, preferably a 9450 or better.
Why, if all he does is game? 90% of games are still dual-core limited. Maybe in a year's time or so, if more come out.


The question here is: Do you get enough frames per second?

If overclocking your GPU still gives you a noticeable rise in fps in the games you play, you probably don't need a new CPU. If it doesn't, then start considering one that will clock higher.

Why? It was proved a while back here that an i3 usually beats an i7 for gaming:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...e-updated.html
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No it can't cut it for recent games and future games. Overclocking will not make up for the lack of cores. Games have been using more than two cores and will continue to do so, as a result your performance will suffer with a C2D.
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I'm still using an overclocked E8400 and don't plan on changing anytime soon. There is not a game I cannot play on great settings yet.
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post #8 of 77
Core 2 Duo's really dont have to much gaming left in them. A good example of this is BO where you needed at least a q6600 to run the game smoothly.
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Core 2 Duo's really dont have to much gaming left in them. A good example of this is BO where you needed at least a q6600 to run the game smoothly.
Black Pos is a poorly ported game and runs smoothly enough on last generation consoles powered by the equivalent of a desktop Athlon 64 x2 and 8800GT.
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my dual core runs excellent for all the games im playing; came from an i7 930 too
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