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Windows 7: CPU Suggestions and Amount of Cores?

26 Oct 2010   #1
Demokid18

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
CPU Suggestions and Amount of Cores?

For starters, I'm running an MSI P7n Diamond MB, Intel, socket 775 capable of handling a cpu with 1333 fsb. Currently I'm using a very outdated Intel P4 3.0 ghz single core and and looking to upgrade. I'm interested in knowing how multi-core cpus work differently between 2 and 4 cores. For example, say there was a Dual core 3.0ghz processor that was the same price as a 2.5ghz quad core, both with the same amount of cache. Which would be better for me if all I do is game and photo editing? I'm looking to spend no more than $150 pref., but would go up to $200 for the right piece of hardware. So, what info can you guys throw my way?

Thanks in advance!


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26 Oct 2010   #2
Fluffy

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

The quad core would be better, in terms of cores more = better. But, the higher the L2 and on the higher end CPU's L3 the faster it will run as it can store calculations for use later.

The way multi core works is, 1 core can focus on say video playback and another core can focus on baground tasks, in gaming all the cores work together.
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26 Oct 2010   #3
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
in gaming all the cores work together.
That's taking into account that the game is written for multiple cores. Many games are not.
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28 Oct 2010   #4
Demokid18

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Thanks for the replies pparks1 and fluffy. Anyone aware if WoW is capable of using multiple cores?

Also I forgot to ask in my original post, but If I use 32bit atm and go to a 64bit capable processor, do I have to reinstall my entire OS or is it simply something I can alter in my Bios or such? Thanks
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28 Oct 2010   #5
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

I haven't played WOW, so I can't say for sure on that one, but I suspect that it would be capable. Other members should be able to confirm this one way or the other.

As for the 32-bit/64-bit OS question, you will need to install the appropriate version (obviously, you will need a 64-bit processor for a 64-bit OS).
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28 Oct 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I personally made the experience that an average quad core is no better than a faster duo core - just because of the stated argument that there are not masses of programs that support quad (including the OS). Since I have both, I got a good feel for it.
And yes, you will have to reinstall if you want to go from 32 to 64bit.
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28 Oct 2010   #7
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I personally made the experience that an average quad core is no better than a faster duo core - just because of the stated argument that there are not masses of programs that support quad (including the OS). Since I have both, I got a good feel for it.
And yes, you will have to reinstall if you want to go from 32 to 64bit.
I would agree.

However, if you find your self using a lot of applications that are capable of using all the cores, such as Video encoding, the extra cores really do make a big difference.

If you do not these types of things, or that often, you may not see that much difference.
With the exception of a few games that use up to 4 cores.
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28 Oct 2010   #8
Demokid18

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Alright, I appreciate your input guys. It has really helped me trim down my choices. Thanks!
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