Dual Core Vs Quad Core

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  1. Spartigus

    Spartigus New Member

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    Hey all

    About 9 months ago i built a new PC rig, focused a lot on graphics cards
    Here it is: -

    2 x 9800GTX+'s
    Core 2 Duo processor, 2.66GHZ
    P5NSLI Mobo
    6GB DDR2 RAM

    Those are the main parts.

    Now, due to Windows 7, and computers always changing, I think its time I upgraded my processor and mobo. With my cards in SLI, each card runs at 8X speed, so 16X speed all up. So, should i get a 16X SLI link, or wont i notice much difference? Also, should i get a quad core, or a dual core processor? If i get quad core, ill probably get at least 2.66GHZ, or if i get dual core, ill be looking at getting at least 3GHZ.

    My searching found that there wont be much different between a 16X and 8X sli connection for the price it costs (confirm please?). But for the quad core vs dual core, i have read very mixed things.

    My computer will be used for gaming, processing (excel calculations to word processing to mathematics programs) as well as general use like e-mail, instant messaging and internet.

    So what are you opinions?

    Thanks

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  2. Teslanaut

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    Gaming and what you're doing: Dual Core. None of what you are doing is optimized for more cores.
  3. Spartigus

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    , nice to see you back btw. So basically the two extra cores would be wasted? So I would be better of going for the fastest dual core I can afford?

    What about the SLI thing?

    EDIT:
    Can anyone recommend a dual core processor? One that can be overclocked? As well as maybe a mobo?
  4. Tarthen

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    Quad core. Anything newer than 2008 should be multicore capable - otherwise, the game devs need a swift asskick.

    I have a quad, and it runs pretty smooth. Helps with big projects like video and vector editing - while one core is taken up, I have three others to help me turning.

    Quads are more futureproof. Duo's are outdated already - there isn't any duo's in the i7 range, now is there ;3.
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    That is a good point. Futurproof myself for like 150 extra.
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    Get an i7 core. Or wait a few days(weeks?) until Intel releases their newest i3, and i5 cores.
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    If you get a older 65nm part, it can be about the same price.

    I got my X3220 because it was value max - $320 AUS, 2.4ghz, excellent overclocking potential.
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    Intel is releasing the i5 processors soon so i'd wait until we have the prices and specs. I'd go for Quad Core either way.
  10. Tarthen

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    Ehhh, I think the motherboards will cost an arm, leg and left nostril though.

    I still stick by my "go-last-gen" motto :3 .

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