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I'm helping my friend build a budget PC and he's now on to picking the processor...The question is, would a triple core at 3.2 ghz (Athlon II Rana) be sufficient for just gaming needs. I keep reading that most games coming out this year will be supporting quad core processors, therefore making a quad core a necessity in gaming now a days. I don't know if that's true or not If true, would not having that extra core make his gaming crappy? He is on a budget so he does not want to spend 100 for a quad core.

tl;dr version....Is a 3.2ghz triple core enough for todays quad core games?

I know this horse has probably been beaten to death but I could not find a straight answer.

Also his motherboard is even crappier than mine so he cannot overclock or unlock the 4th core.
Edited by seize - 3/24/11 at 12:13am
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All beches show the triple core are the ideal price/performance ratio for gaming. They're just as fast as the DC on non-threaded games and on threaded games they are at the same level as the quads. Imho there's no risk in the next 2 years (gaming-wise) to feel constrained by a 3 core processor. My 940 x4 isn't nearly @100% in any game, I rarely see it going over 50%, so probably in my case 2-3 cores would have been enough.
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Originally Posted by dragosmp View Post
All beches show the triple core are the ideal price/performance ratio for gaming. They're just as fast as the DC on non-threaded games and on threaded games they are at the same level as the quads. Imho there's no risk in the next 2 years (gaming-wise) to feel constrained by a 3 core processor. My 940 x4 isn't nearly @100% in any game, I rarely see it going over 50%, so probably in my case 2-3 cores would have been enough.
^ this

for most games this is around 50-75% usage anyway
the x3 should be fine for a few years

he could get the x3 and upgrade the board and cooler later and hope to unlock and overclock
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Yep i agree...a tri-core would be good for a few years still, if all you want it for really is to game, even with my 555 at stock speeds and OC speeds i don't really notice a big performance gap, what i would recommend is that you overclock the RAM and CPU-NB, that is where the performance is at. e.g.

Win7 performance index

cpu-nb=2000mhz
ram=1333mhz
Win7 score=7.3 (decent enough)

cpu-nb=2800mhz
ram=1600mhz
Win7 score=7.8 (much better)

So if you want a nice real world performance boost without a big jump in temps, OC the cpu-nb and the RAM
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speaking of which, the hexa-cores for games is not there except for few games like BFBC2 and Metro 2033 and Crysis 2.

A lot of games are dual cores only, and some are quad-ready, even fewer can use hexacores...

But i got my 1090t since i want a jack-of-all-trades cpu for vid editing, don't want to be gimped with a cpu meant only for games.
     
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Thank you all for the answers. Hell, I might even get one for myself now lol.
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