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Old 02-05-2007, 08:03 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I'll tell you this. Getting a very expensive cpu is a waste of money. Most of the time it just sits there idle and even when you're intensively using your pc (like gaming) Core 2 Duos stay around 5-10% cpu usage. The only way I've ever had my cpu usage over 50% is by running Super PI, and then it still only was the 8M test that reached that number.

Games performance depends about 90% on video card and memory capacity... Out of that I'd say at least 75% is the video card and 15% is the memory and maybe I'm now being generous on the memory. Our old family pc runs Call of Duty 2 and Splinter Cell: Double Agent just as well with my video card as my current system does (give or take a few frames). And that's P4 vs C2D, 1GB DDR-400 vs 2GB DDR2-800.

You'll only be needing anything higher than an E6600 (which in my opinion isn't necessary for the average user) if you're going to do some extreme number crunching that requires a lot of juice from your processor.

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Originally posted by zmatt
Call of Futy 2 with the new patch takes advantage of dual core as for 3 apps. i cant think of any which sucks. but with new games that will change.
How about Quad?

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Alan Wake which will come out later this year does. at CES they had it on a quad core machine.


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