PC hardware forum: Quad Core vs Dual Core for Gaming

by: just2great February 8, 2008 6:29 AM PST

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Quad Core vs Dual Core for Gaming

by just2great - 2/8/08 6:29 AM

My current system setup is:

CPU: Pentium D 2.8 gHz
MB: ASUS P5NSLI
PSU: CoolMax 500w
Vid Card: xfx 7900 GS 256mb - Upgraded to: eVGA 8800 GT 512 MB
RAM: Corsair X2 3gigs
HD: 500gb SATA 7200 rpm
Case: CM690

I am considering upgrading my CPU to a Quad Core but what I want to know is if that's better for gaming? Now when I say gaming I'm not talking just World of Warcraft. I mean high intensity gaming with particles flying everywhere and high definition (First Person Shooters). Also does my current Pentium D hinder my 8800 GT from performing at it's best (I have not tried the 8800 GT yet)? The choices are:

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6550 (891191) - $219
2.33GHz processing
1333MHz front side bus
4MB L2 cache

Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 (BX80562Q6600) - $319
2.4GHz processing
1066MHz front side bus
8MB L2 cache

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6850 (BX80557E6850SLA9U) - $319
3GHz processing
1333MHz front side bus
4MB L2 cache

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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