Quad or hexa-core CPU for gaming?

By keecher
Sep 21, 2011
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  1. Alright, so I'm looking at building a budget gaming pc, and right now I am trying to decide between an
    AMD phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8 GHz

    or one of the AMD phenom II x4 processors. My question is whether a 6 core processor will benefit gaming or not. I've heard that the 6 core is only beneficial in that I can run more programs while gaming, but I don't plan on running other programs while gaming. Also, will a higher GHz quad core processor be better than lower GHz for my needs? I'm most likely gonna be going with the ASUS Radeon 6870 for my video card. I'm hoping my new computer will be able to run Diablo 3 well when it's released. Any information or opinions is appreciated.
  2. Atham

    Atham TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 520

    I would wait for 8 cores if I were you from AMD's Bulldozer.
    Did you already buy the GPU? If not then wait until Christmas and hope to get one of the 28 nm GPUs. Hopefully the performance cards will be out by then.
  3. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    I doubt Diablo 3 will be so CPU dependant that it works all 6 cores, a quad core should be fine.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,821   +1,432

    The answer to your question could also depend on how future proof you want your machine. Games may or may not use six cores but that doesn't mean games will never use 6 cores.

    I remember hearing this very same argument with two cores or four cores and it wasn't long before there was a need in upgrading again.
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,887   +85

    You might be surprised at the titles that use 6 cores, here are a couple...

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    I think LP2 and F1 2010 do as well if memory serves.

    It is certainly the way game coding is headed. I think a year ago it would have been an "off in the future " proposition, but it will fast become the norm I think in the next gen of games. Just my 2 cents.
  6. Zilliak

    Zilliak TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 233

    Wait for a 8 core, most games are just getting full support for quad cores so yea...


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