Is there any point

By Baltan ยท 8 replies
Apr 30, 2008
  1. Hi guys i am looking at building a new computer with an AMD processor and was wondering if there was any point in getting the newer proccessors quad core or getting an AM2 dual core?

    Any other reccomendations welcome.

    Thanks Baltan :wave:
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    It really depends on what you are going to do with this new computer. Can you tell us?
  3. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    If you're going to play games then you might as well stick with a dual core processor. Almost none of todays games take advantage of more than two cores, so a quad core would be a waste of money and create extra heat for you to deal with. If you're going to be going heavy duty picture editing or movie making and have programs that will take advantage of two extra cores then you might consider a quad core processor a blessing.
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    AMD's Phenoms are useless right now, compared to the Penryn range. Get an E8xxx series CPU and get more performance-per-dollar IMO.
  5. Baltan

    Baltan Topic Starter

    I am intending on building a new gaming system
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    So? Get an Intel chipset-based motherboard like the ASUS P5E or the Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 and the E8400 or the E8200. It'd give you much more performance compared to a similarly-priced AMD system.
  7. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    You won't get much extra performance in games when using a quad care as opposed to a dual core. On the other hand, you could leave some encoding tasks (or any other CPU intensive application) running in the background while playing & it wouldn't affect the framerate too much.

    If you want to stick with AMD, you might as well go all AMD as they now provide CPU (a Phenom X3 or X4), chipset (7-Series based) & VGA (Radeon 38xx) cards. You'll only need to get drivers from one place. ;)
  8. Baltan

    Baltan Topic Starter

    Well i have decided to either go fro an AMD dual core or an intel!! Any Suggestions on what one would be better for the future and current games that need a decent cpu!!

    Thanks Baltan
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    IMO, you can never be future-proof enough.
    However, as far as cost and performance go, the E8400 is the best by far. It sits at $200 currently, and is easily able to beat its closest AMD competitor (price-wise), the X4 9550, in most applications.
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