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So I have been thinking about moving my sig rig to my HDTV to replace my HTPC to game on the big screen and just replacing the desktop with an old laptop. Then I got to thinking about maybe just putting a 6850 in my htpc so I can game on it, will I notice much in fps loss?
Games
Dirt 1,2 (and soon 3)
blur
COD:Black ops/MW2

So going from my sig rig to a
Athlon II x2 240
2x2gb ddr2 1066
AMD 6850
will I notice the lacking of 2 cores?
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Well i noticed a huge difference between a dual core and a quad! Going from E7500 to my current rig was like night and day (even before over clock)
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Depends on the game, some are CPU dependent some aren't.
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YES.
ur basically taking half of your power away.
when i play games (ESPECIALLY console ported games) 3 cores or more is needed for more FPS.
the Xbox has 3 cores so theoretically, a 3+ core is ideal.

i noticed lots of differences from unlocking my 3rd core. im NEVER going back to duallies.
    
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Originally Posted by WannaBeOCer View Post
Depends on the game, some are CPU dependent some aren't.
^This. Some games you will only see a drop of 5FPS, other CPU intensive games your FPS will almost be cut in half (BC2 is a good example).
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actually with the hdmi out youd be putting the stress of audio processing on the gpu and off of the cpu. itd be equivalent of a triple core.

ive gamed on a similar htpc setup, but it was substantially worse. i found multi-player to run great, but single player multi-enemy situations to be too much. id say that multiplayer would be no noticeable difference, but single player would have an obvious differnce yet still playable.
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Well, ill tell you about my experience, i had an Athlon XP 3800 x 2, couldnt even play NFS HP, then moved to an Athlon II 7850BE, same ram, huge improvement, could play any games, some not 100% maxed out @ 1680x1050 like Black Ops.

Then i moved to my current rig, DDR3 ram, Phenom II x4 965, and i can max out pretty much everything ive put my hands on, DX10-wise. Havent tried Metro 2033, Mafia 2 etc.

Always with the same GPU.
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i got 40fps with max settings on a pos dual core 2.2ghz 800mhz ram and radeon 5770 for BC2. there was however stuttering during physics intensive parts.
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post #9 of 23
blur is fine with a dual core setup
black ops/dirt2 like quad cores
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Originally Posted by hick View Post
So I have been thinking about moving my sig rig to my HDTV to replace my HTPC to game on the big screen and just replacing the desktop with an old laptop. Then I got to thinking about maybe just putting a 6850 in my htpc so I can game on it, will I notice much in fps loss?
Games
Dirt 1,2 (and soon 3)
blur
COD:Black ops/MW2

So going from my sig rig to a
Athlon II x2 240
2x2gb ddr2 1066
AMD 6850
will I notice the lacking of 2 cores?
I definitely second what others have said about it being the game. It's usually physics-intensive or poorly-coded games that see a boost with a quad core. With games like BFBC2 or GTA IV, for example, a quad core would have a much more noticeable performance increase.

However, with your games, I'd imagine that a dual core is more than enough, and it's more GPU-dependent than anything.


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Originally Posted by MIKEVALL View Post
Well i noticed a huge difference between a dual core and a quad! Going from E7500 to my current rig was like night and day (even before over clock)
You can't compare the two. The i7 architecture + higher clock speed is inherently superior to that of the e7500. That's where most, if not all of your noticed performance boost came from.
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