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Dual core or not?

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by chameleon, 5 Feb 2006.

  1. chameleon


    Joined: 31 Jul 2005

    Posts: 897

    Location: Edinburgh

    I'm toying with my next upgrade, might go the whole hog this time and retire my old XP Barton. Is it worth getting a dual core processor at the moment? Or should I just get a nice fast single core? If so, which one?

    Oops, sorry wrong forum.


    Joined: 21 Sep 2005

    Posts: 527

    Location: Leeds

    erm not too good on AMD but if you wonna go all out and not have to upgrade for a while i would deffinatly go dual core but depends on your budet to what you get.
  3. lee87


    Joined: 31 Jul 2005

    Posts: 2,592

    What do you use the pc for?

    If gaming I would get a dual core cpu, I recently upgraded from a athlonXP 3000+ barton to a athlon X2 3800+.
    In the counter strike source stress test the fps increased from 82fps to 157fps. This has nearly doubled the speed, I got the asrock dual board so I could keep my agp card and have the option to upgrade to pci-e.
    I have noticed a big improvement in other games as well.

    A lot of games will be made to work better with dual core in the future so i'd get a X2.
  4. BigDom

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Nov 2002

    Posts: 1,852

    Location: Birmingham

    With Future in mind X2 is the way to go although few current games use it so the benefit isn't so much ( a 3800+ plays roughtly like a 3200-3500+ on current games) until things start to support multiples.
  5. clv101


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,010

    Location: Bristol

    The Athlon X2 3800+ is very solid CPU to build a system around today - it's not stupidly expensive and should remain fast enough for new games for several years to come, power consumption is also pretty low. I wouldn't buy single core CPU today.
  6. Larok


    Joined: 30 Oct 2005

    Posts: 340

    I would go single core and upgrade when a game comes along that you want to play whith supports them. There might by multicores around by then! You would have saved at least £100 initially which would sweeten the purchase of a multi core later, (along with any resale of your say 3700 amd).
  7. Mrchu_


    Joined: 26 May 2005

    Posts: 505

    Location: whoooping out a window

    single cores are soo cheap these days,get on of those,as they perform well if over 2.5/6. As is said not enough games and apps to thrash out a dual core+ they will continue to drop rapidly.

    Speaking from experiance here after moving from an opty 146 that did 2.8 and could game at 3