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How many cores for gaming ?

#1nightcolaPosted 10/20/2013 8:58:58 PM
With the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles here very soon which have 8 core processors ( I think they run at about 1.6- 1.8) how many cores work best for the PC for now and the foreseeable future ? If it came to it would it be better to get a fast Quad core or a slower 8 core ? (or even six core) . If not now i'm wondering when games will start using more cores as they seem to be made for consoles and then ported to PC.
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#2JKatarnPosted 10/20/2013 9:13:47 PM
I would get a solid 4-8 core CPU that has good benchmark scores/IPC (instructions per clock cycle) and not worry so much about the number of cores - the consoles have 8 cores, but (at least in the case of the PS4), each core is not particularly powerful (the PS4 being based on the "Jaguar" mobile tech, so were not talking about a top-shelf CPU here).
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#3DerPancakePosted 10/20/2013 9:17:34 PM
an i7
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#4GTRagnarokPosted 10/20/2013 9:18:25 PM
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#5JonWood007Posted 10/20/2013 9:23:29 PM(edited)
4's been standard for a while, but 8's gonna become useful real soon (it's already starting to with new games). Quad cores are becoming the new dual cores, 8 cores are becoming the new quad cores.

As for the strong quad vs weak 8, it depends on the exact models. In a lot of newer games that use 8 cores, an FX is about even with an i5. i5 stomps all over the FX in other games though.

If you want the safe option, get an i7. It's expensive, but hyperthreading really comes in handy from what I heard, where you should get the best of both worlds.
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#6reincarnator07Posted 10/21/2013 4:50:36 AM
By the time a good quad core (i5) isn't enough for games, I highly doubt that any of AMD's current processors will be any good either.
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#7ThePCElitistPosted 10/21/2013 5:07:25 AM
You're good with quads for another 3-5 years.
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#8wildog2006Posted 10/21/2013 5:38:21 AM
Or get a good i7 and be good for 6+ years. It all depends on how much you want to spend down the road. Spending an extra $200 now on a strong CPU could save you from needing a new CPU/mobo every few years. Personally, I get one of the best CPUs available because they need to be upgraded the least, then upgrade GPU, storage and RAM as needed.
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#9nightcola(Topic Creator)Posted 10/22/2013 6:59:32 PM
Thanks there is some interesting comments here.

I'm gonna get a new rig as mine is getting old now. I was curious to how good the next gen consoles were going to be as I wanted to get a setup at least as good as them. Between the PS4 and Xbone which both seem to have AMD the Xbone has the fastest X8 processor at 1.75 Ghz which doesn't seem that good . The PS4 has an APU, im not a technical person but don't they put put more stress on the CPU or memory ? I guess they can be crossfired with a non integrated GPU (on the pc) but I never been sure about them.

Or get a good i7 and be good for 6+ years. It all depends on how much you want to spend down the road. Spending an extra $200 now on a strong CPU could save you from needing a new CPU/mobo every few years. Personally, I get one of the best CPUs available because they need to be upgraded the least, then upgrade GPU, storage and RAM as needed

I was thinking like this thats why I original was asking about the CPU originally. Il probably do that and get a decent PSU and upgrade everything else later.
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#10MasterDonGeroPosted 10/22/2013 8:25:16 PM
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