Quad core worth it?

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Hi there
Posted a few times before about upgrading my system, so sorry if this is getting tedious.

I currently run an Intel Core2 Duo e6600 2.4ghz CPU, and i will upgrade but deciding what to.
Since i will only play D3 as the most demanding game i feel no need to spend big bucks on a top gaming system.
I'm getting a 6850 as an upgrade from a 4850 and will upgrade my CPU aswell. I only have a 775 socket mobo atm which makes getting a new i5 or i7 impossible without upgrading my motherboard, but i'm wondering if it is worth getting a Core 2 Quad or just stick with a higher ghz Core 2 Duo - such as a 3.0ghz?

Sorry to waffle, i guess the crux of the question is whether D3 needs a quad core to run well - or would a 3.0ghz dual core suffice?

Many thanks
yes i think so i got a quad core for 3 4 year now and i could play any game with a nvidia gt 220
Stick with the dual. Actually i wouldnt be upgrading anything in your case.
07/04/2012 09:42Posted by SpaceMonkey
Stick with the dual. Actually i wouldnt be upgrading anything in your case.


Dual Core 2.4ghz is enough for medium-high settings?
Dual cores are starting to show their age now, and it seems that diablo 3 is a cpu intensive game atm.

For example, when I play beta, its using around 35% of my GPU, the rest is CPU, I have an i5 2500k @ 4.2ghz so it handles it well, but on a dual core you might struggle, unless ofc you turn down the graphics settings, but its so much better with the eye candy on high.

Hopefully blizz will optimise the engine before release so it uses more gpu power and relies less on cpu.
You can max out graphics settings but only thing you need to lower are the physix (sorry for miss spelling... ) that effect yours cpu but if you want all maxed out ye quad core is the way to go ... i might upgrade my dual core as well to quad.

have dual core 3.2ghz and 560ti amp! gtx card... 1920-1080 resolution no problems only problems are the one mention up .
So you would say D3 is more intensive on the CPU as opposed to the graphics card? :(
Dual cpu should be enough for med-highish grafics. im playing battlefield 3 with i3 2100 dual core on medium settings , could go high but my gpu sucks.

Also you shouldnt start upgrading anything , since you would need to also replace motherboard . just play that pc to its grave and then buy new parts & build new
Dual cpu should be enough for med-highish grafics. im playing battlefield 3 with i3 2100 dual core on medium settings , could go high but my gpu sucks.

Also you shouldnt start upgrading anything , since you would need to also replace motherboard . just play that pc to its grave and then buy new parts & build new


So it's not worth upgrading my Core 2 Duo 2.4ghz, to a 3.0ghz version - would i not see that much difference?
Dual cpu should be enough for med-highish grafics. im playing battlefield 3 with i3 2100 dual core on medium settings , could go high but my gpu sucks.

Also you shouldnt start upgrading anything , since you would need to also replace motherboard . just play that pc to its grave and then buy new parts & build new


So it's not worth upgrading my Core 2 Duo 2.4ghz, to a 3.0ghz version - would i not see that much difference?
Well it could be a small difirence , depends on how cheap could you get the upgrade.
put a cheap closed system whater cooler on it and clock it like 20%.
:-)
i really hope they fix final ver of the game at release that it be more graphic card intensive...
07/04/2012 09:51Posted by Istari
For example, when I play beta, its using around 35% of my GPU, the rest is CPU, I have an i5 2500k @ 4.2ghz so it handles it well, but on a dual core you might struggle, unless ofc you turn down the graphics settings, but its so much better with the eye candy on high.


Your calculations are wrong.

Zoofie first try to play D3 and then go for a upgrade if needed. I think your cpu will be enough for high.

I just limited D3 to 1 cpu core on my quad and im running 40-60 fps. Maxed settings with antialiasing 1920x1200.


Your calculations are wrong.

Zoofie first try to play D3 and then go for a upgrade if needed. I think your cpu will be enough for high.

I just limited D3 to 1 cpu core on my quad and im running 40-60 fps. Maxed settings with antialiasing 1920x1200.


When MSI afterburner tells me I'm only using 25-28% of my GPU's power then the only logical conclusion is that the CPU is doing a lot of the work.

I'm getting 60 fps solid all maxed out with vsync on, but that GPU usage seems far too low to me.
Just get an i5 2500k.. if ur mobo supports the socket.
- Get a new cooler, oc it to 4.5k (easily done.. i'm running at 4.7k) then you're MORE than set.
When MSI afterburner tells me I'm only using 25-28% of my GPU's power then the only logical conclusion is that the CPU is doing a lot of the work.

I'm getting 60 fps solid all maxed out with vsync on, but that GPU usage seems far too low to me.


Yeah but there is no work to be done.
07/04/2012 10:47Posted by SpaceMonkey
For example, when I play beta, its using around 35% of my GPU, the rest is CPU, I have an i5 2500k @ 4.2ghz so it handles it well, but on a dual core you might struggle, unless ofc you turn down the graphics settings, but its so much better with the eye candy on high.


Your calculations are wrong.

Zoofie first try to play D3 and then go for a upgrade if needed. I think your cpu will be enough for high.

I just limited D3 to 1 cpu core on my quad and im running 40-60 fps. Maxed settings with antialiasing 1920x1200.


Very good advice, cheers mate!
I will at least get it playable with 2.4ghz and HD 6850, whether it be medium or low. Then after i can decide if it needs upgrading. I will only be playing at 1400x900 also!
Thanks, i've never been so wound up about a game getting released before lol - just can't wait to play it! :P
It's only worth upgrading if you are planning to take Sandy Bridge (i5 2500k or i7 2600k or i7 2700k). Otherwise you wont see much of a performance boost in games. Definitly not one worth your money.
So it's not worth upgrading my Core 2 Duo 2.4ghz, to a 3.0ghz version - would i not see that much difference?


Very little. You should not spend money on upgrades like this.
Buy a good cooler for the cpu and clock it to 3.0 GHz. Problem solved.

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