Lookin' at Processers

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  1. SiniStarR

    SiniStarR L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    OK, im looking at building a comp and I need some opinions on quad-core vs duel core processors.

    Im looking at AMD processors, and have found this Dual-Core

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2905661&CatId=2328

    and this Quad-Core

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103706



    What im looking for is something that will complement my modeling, mapping, and of coarse gaming. When it comes to processors, im not very good at determining which was is a better deal and/or what would give me the best for my money.

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  2. Psy

    aa Psy The Imp Queen

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    Quad-core. Compiling will be a lot faster with 4 threads than 2.
     
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  3. Nutomic

    Nutomic L11: Posh Member

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    If you want something not too expensive, take nothing but amd, intel is usually really expensive compared to that.
     
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  4. zpqrei

    aa zpqrei Theme Changer Extraordinaire

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    <3 My Core2 Quad Q6600 for compiling :3
     
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  5. The Political Gamer

    aa The Political Gamer

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    Get the Quad!
    Oh and Intel > AMD
     
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  6. Nutomic

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    For the power, sure, but if you dont want to spend too much money, amd is your choice.
     
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  7. Cameron:D

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    Same. I've overclocked to 3.0, about to try 3.2.

    I would go for the Q9550 if you don't want to spend much.
    If you have the money, go for the i7 or i5 (i7 is better, i5 cheaper. They both have 4 cores/8 threads). But that would probable require a full system upgrade (ram/cpu/motherboard)
     
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  8. SiniStarR

    SiniStarR L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    Thanks for the comments guys, I guess ill be going quad core! But im hoping these answers were based on my two selections more than personal experience
     
  9. MrAlBobo

    MrAlBobo L13: Stunning Member

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    Third-ed on the Q6600, though you can't find it anywhere anymore :(

    mines running at 3.2 :p
     
  10. Terr

    aa Terr Cranky Coder

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    Ehh, I'd actually suggest a two-core at a higher speed, since we're still in that place where a lot of games and apps are transitioning between using one, two, and four.

    How many games really benefit more from two extra cores versus, say, a +25% better speed on two existing cores?

    Obviously if you do a lot of graphics/video/compiling the quad-core becomes a lot more attractive since those are often easily parallelizable.
     
  11. Cameron:D

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    Q660 is not longer available. Q9950 is the next tone up, and much better (Better OC'ing too)
     
  12. Psy

    aa Psy The Imp Queen

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    I'm also a part of the Q6600 club. :p
     
  13. SiniStarR

    SiniStarR L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    well i went with quad :O
     
  14. Cameron:D

    Cameron:D L6: Sharp Member

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    Quad AMD or Intel?
     
  15. SiniStarR

    SiniStarR L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    amd, its up on the first post fyi
     
  16. Cameron:D

    Cameron:D L6: Sharp Member

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    Yes, but maybe everyone telling you to go Intel may have swayed your opinion.
     
  17. sohcahtoa

    sohcahtoa L2: Junior Member

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    are the new i5 Intel processers not quite cheap now, and offer alot more performance for the price than the q66, but i guess u'd have to look at a new motherboard for the extra pins. but it would be more future proof i guess. i'm also think about buildings my own comp, woop
     
  18. SiniStarR

    SiniStarR L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    I seriously considered it, but like some people said, Intel processors can get crazy expensive and Im running on a budget. But considering that im building a computer for about $400 that will have room for upgrading and be able to play Crysis well (benchmark game :p) im pretty excited.
     
  19. Cameron:D

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    For anyone else going to upgrade, go for the LGA 1156 socket rather than LGA 1366 as 1366 doesn't really have a future.