CPU Dual or Quad?

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Oddwin

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i was wondering if Quad cores are only fully utilized when running alot of programs. im on $1k budget for a gaming computer, i dont need to run alot of programs at the same time and i dont want to spend more money on a quad core unless its going to let me run higher graphics better then a dual core. either way im probably gonna get amd because they're generally cheaper.
 
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A quad core can be a better choice if future games make use of the extra cores, something very likely to happen in 1-2 years. But nowdays a good dual core with a high clock will do the job!

If you decide to go for any quad you should chose Intel, AMD's Phenom CPU seems to loose the battle.

For dual cores, Intel provides slightly better performance but their CPUs are more expensive. You can get a good AMD for less money, this is true. The Athlon 64 x2

So, in my opinion go for a dual core and use the extra money to get a better graphics card, doing so will benefit you more on games.

Performance:
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Great for the money:
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Oddwin

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thanks for the reply. would a quad core be very noticeably quicker then a similarly priced dual core, or would they be quite comparable?
 
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it all depends on what program you are running. If it has multiple threads, then a quad core will be much better. However, depending on what you are using, it may not make too much difference.
 
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it all depends on what program you are running. If it has multiple threads, then a quad core will be much better. However, depending on what you are using, it may not make too much difference.
Agreed!

But since most games DO NOT utilize extra cores (at least not the 2 extra of a quad) going for a faster dual core will be a better choice. In simple terms, when running a non fully multithreaded game, a 2 core CPU with greater clock speed will perform better than a similar quad core with a lower clock speed. And as I already stated the extra money can be used for getting a better graphics card - in my opinion this is crucial for gaming! Go for a balanced system, do not get a very expensive part while saving from other parts. :)
 
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