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Windows 7: How many Cores are Neccesary to play games on high settings?


03 Sep 2012   #1

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
How many Cores are Neccesary to play games on high settings?

Here is a processor that my friend recommend me get for my gaming needs, I have
8gig Ram
GTX 570
Home Premium 64bit

and here is the processer (Quad Core)
Mike's Computer Shop - CORE I7 3.5G 8MB SR0 920492
And im just wondering if i should get that one or get an i7-3770k, Thanks

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03 Sep 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Unless my eyes deceive me, that is a 3770K and more than you need for gaming.

But if you can afford it and need major horsepower for non-gaming purposes, knock yourself out.
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03 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

just go with the one you have already,won't make a difference unless your rendering big video files for stuff like youtube to render them faster.In gaming there will be no difference in those two.
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03 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Was playing some battlefield 3 the other night and all 8 threads are doing something while I was playing.
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04 Sep 2012   #5

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

for gaming, most money goes for good GPU, most games aren't really horribly CPU-intensive, all i7 and most i5 are still overkill afaik.
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04 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobafetthotmail View Post
for gaming, most money goes for good GPU, most games aren't really horribly CPU-intensive, all i7 and most i5 are still overkill afaik.
Pretty much. My i7 is 3 or so years old.
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05 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobafetthotmail View Post
for gaming, most money goes for good GPU, most games aren't really horribly CPU-intensive, all i7 and most i5 are still overkill afaik.
+ 100

Also, don't forget that most games now a day are Console Ports, some of them even unoptimized so having the latest and the greatest does not transfer into High Settings = WIN
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07 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

i7 is overkill... 7 cores too many for gaming
I5 3rd or 2nd gen is good enough IMO.
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07 Sep 2012   #9

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thanks for your advice
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07 Sep 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit w/ SP1
 
 

Some games really do benefit from multicore processors, like Battlefield 3, especially in multiplayer. This is a great article on the subject of gaming CPU's... I think it's exactly what you're looking for: Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: August 2012
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