Just read this article over at Digit-Life, talking about some considerations that budget gamers like you and i should think about if upgrading at the moment. What's the most cost-effective upgrade parts for cash-conscious gamers right now?
Intel + Nvidia= expensive and over price hardware.
If you factor in cables, controllers, and all, its about priced with a 360 or a ps3.
I just built a budget gamer. Got an 8800GT and decided to go with AMD instead of intel for the cpu. the AMD 2.8x2 is $60 cheaper than the intel 2.6x2. Much better value for money, unless you want to overclock and get ridiculous performance that not even serious gamers need.
Save up 1000 and you can get yourself a pretty decent self built system these days. Thats what im gonna do
as a console fanboy would say "you could buy a wii, 360 and a ps3 for that much" why do they always have to tell us hardcore pc gamers what else we could spend out money on? i never understood that. im also in the shopping for a new pc. still thinking of what i want to do. gotta do more research. the new 9800 gtx might be an option...and im thinking of trying out an intel cpu.
Why do people want Quad-Core, Overclocked CPUs? I have a 2.8 dual core and it can run Crysis perfectly with no slowdowns and fast load times. I don't understand why a gamer would need anymore than that.....
Quad Cores right now are really only useful for video or audio encoding/decoding. Most game benchmarks show Quad Cores performing on par or sometimes slightly worse than their Dual Core brethren. Once software, and especially games, start getting designed for multi-core systems we'll see better performance from our Quad Cores. So i would agree with you, right now most gamers don't need Quad Cores, and the most value lies in the Dual Core parts for now. Crysis is very GPU intensive, and i'm not surprised that a 2.8 Dual Core can run it well, the main limiting factor is your video card. I'm guessing you're probably running a high end video card or an SLI or Crossfire setup, on the other hand maybe you're just running 800x600 resolution , no AA, no AF and low quality settings :P People overclock to get more value out of their gear, it's not uncommon to get anywhere from 15% to 30% overclocks from CPUs and video cards. For e.g the E8500 from the article, comes stock at 3Ghz but you can easily overclock that to 3.6Ghz using the stock cooler, thats a 20% speed increase for free. I won't say no to that.
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