Dual core vs. quad core vs. single core.

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Hello all

First time post so dont laugh at me too much.

But here is delimma. I want to build my own PC gaming rig while spending under $3k. I have most of the parts selected but still have one debate truely bugging me: What type of processor should I get?

I want to go with a Intel 2 Core Extreme X6800, but for gaming I really dont know whats best. Webistes I go to rate intel duo and quad core decently, but what do you think has the best bang for the gaming buck, although I wouldnt mind spending extra now, if that means I dont nesscarly have to upgrade in the near future. And I know, im a heretic to some, but AMD has not been kind to me in the past, hence the Intel system. le sigh...what to do with my deployment money?



Thanks in advance
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Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

EVGA 122-CK-NF68-T1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card

Antec True Power Trio TP3-650 ATX12V 650W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails

Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 Conroe 2.93GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557X6800

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
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I would change and get a SATA hdd but it looks fine
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Thanks Skirge. :)

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If you want to game, then you need to overclock, and for the money, you simply can't beat the core 2 duo with a good MoBo.

I am running an x6300 (1.86ghz) with a 44% overclock! (2.64ghz) Keep in mind that's a DUAL CORE...so it performs better than some requiring twice the investment.
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thanks for the post back. I think I have decided on the Intel 6700. Similar performance of the X6800, just slightly less clock speed and does not have the unlocked mulitplier. The X6800 is about $970 on new egg while the 6700 is about $550, and people said they have OCed it to well over 3Ghz.

Opinions on my choice are welcomed.

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A pretty good benchmark of the Intel and AMD dual/quad core processors

http://techreport.com/reviews/2007q1/cpus/index.x?pg=1

At the moment it looks as though Intel wins in this arena.
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Yep I saw a similar benchmarking at sharkyextreme.com. If ya notice that the e6700 doesnt lag far behind. With a little overclocking I would it would be a better bang for the buck that the x6800.

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All depends on the money you wanna spend ;)
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Very true. Just want to get a good proc to play like WOW, BF2 and almost any PC game I can think of that isnt on a 360, cuz Ill be getting both when I get back in May and without spending unneccary amount of hard earned currency.

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If you're looking to save on moola, you should look into overlocking...seriously. Especially if you plan to custom-bulid anyways. The machine I'm running cost me $475 plus a reused DVD drive & HD.
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Money is not much of an issue. But getting the best quality vs price is. I do plan to overclock and the E6700 seems to be the best price for the most performance, and reviews show that it is stable past 3GHz on air cooling.

Whats your system and its specs?

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Psyic0 wrote:
PS Grinch...we are you stationed?


I got out last February. I was stationed at Camp Lejeune and Aberdeen Proving Grounds.
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Cool. My brother was stationed in Lejeune for a long while.
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Specs for the internals:

Core 2 Duo E6300 @ 2.64, 1066FSB
ASUS P5B DLX WiFi
600 Watt Okia ATX PSU
250 GB WD HDD 7200RPM ATA 100
1 gig PC4200 DDR2 533 DC
Sapphire ATI Radeon x1550 512MB PCI-E (oc'ed as well)
AC 97 32 BIT Full Duplex sound card (onboard)
APEVIA Aspire X-Plorer (Silver) Case
Custom W/C kit, feat. the Danger Den TDX block
Runnin XP Pro

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