Hey this is my first post so bear with me. I'm getting PC with these specs: Brand : ANKERMANN-PC Series : INTEL Power Gaming Model : ANL-85310 . CPU: Intel Core i5-750, 4x 2.66GHz, boxed (BX80605I5750) CPU 1156 Model: INTEL Core i5-750 4x 2,66GHz 8MB Cache 4,4GT/sec Box VGA: NVIDIA® GeForce® 9500GT 1024MB PCi-e 16x (nicht onBoard - extra Karte) Memory: DDR3 4,00GB / PC1600 SAMSUNG CSX Platinum TC KIT CL7 LV rt
Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2, P55 (dual PC3-10667U DDR3) I'm a bit of a noob to these things so I just copied what i THINK is relevent to my question. With my cpu will I be able to run games higher then 2.66GHz CPU requirements? I don't understand how quad cores work or about overclocking but if the answer is no, apart from telling me to get a better computer what else can I do to make it work?
A Phoenix from the ashes
18th April 2006
Tell us what your budget is and we'll help you find a better one. A 9500GT isn't really going to do a lot as far as gaming goes. ;)
Quad cores work just like dual cores, but there's four cores instead of two. That doesn't mean you're going to get twice the performance though! It depends how a game is coded. Most older games can only use one core. Newer games can use two, and a few new games can use four (but not very well).
Where quad cores help - I find - is that you can have a bunch of other stuff open - Media Player, MSN, Firefox, whatever - and your gaming won't be slowed down.
Former Network Admin and Former Forum Admin
26th July 2005
What you have there is a pre-built "gaming" pc that is not a gaming pc by any standards. A home built PC will cost you around half for the same specs but with the cash saved you can create a true gaming pc. A example is a freind of mine just bought a Gaming PC with a phenom 2 and a ATI 4850 gpu for just short of £1,000, To built the same pc at home would cost just over £450. So as asked please post your budget and we will get you a better PC and probably leave you with some cash still in your pocket :)
well i'm irish so it would be in euros. about 850 is my budget which sucks i know. I'm not looking for any fantastic quality just a computer that can be shipped to ireland and that will actually play new games, such as MW2 and assasins creed 2
I think i really just need a computer with a high cpu. I don't really care about quality, I just want to be able to play new games with a decent fps
I tawt I taw a puddy tat...
30th December 2002
Nearly any dual core or quad core CPU youll get in a new PC these days will do just fine for gaming. What you really need to look harder at for gaming goodness is the video card. As mentioned, the 9500GT in the build you listed in the 1st post is not a very good card. Its outdated and was never that great in the first place. At a minimum, I'd look at getting an ATI 4870 or Nvidia GTX260, or any video card exceeding the performance of those.
A Phoenix from the ashes
18th April 2006
Heh, it's fortunate for you then, eh? I'm Irish also. =p
The top three places I do my shopping for this sort of thing are Pixmania(.ie), Dabs, and Komplett.
Let me know what you've already got in terms of components and peripherals. I.e. If you already have a case/motherboard/monitor/keyboard, or whatever the case may be, and I can help you with a parts list. (If you live anywhere near me I could also help you build it, but that's another matter.)
1st January 2005
Don't worry too much about the i5 speed. The new Intel CPUs have a fairly robust Turbo Boost. With 3 or 4 cores active, the i5's Turbo Boost = 2.8GHz. With 1 or 2 cores active, which covers 90% or more of the games out there, the i5 Turbo Boost = 3.2GHz, not bad. What you should be more concerned about is the GPU. That's a pretty unbalanced gaming rig. You'd want a more powerful GPU.
What was said above is true, you can do much better by piecing one together or paying someone to do it. I don't know what online sources you have available in your area, but here in the states I just put together a comparative build list after reading this via parts from Newegg and it comes out only $23 more USD after rebates with a much better GPU and better case and PSU.
Personally I'd save up (or spend if you have it) another 100 (or equivalent in quid) for a GTX 275 or better. I really just put in the 9800 GTX+ to prove a point on similar price range. The 9800 GTX+ is not a bad card though, and that one has 1GB VRAM. All things considered, if you're interested in DX11 at all, it may make more sense to limit the price on the GPU for now and upgrade a little down the road.
7th December 2003
Souptard;5152136I think i really just need a computer with a high cpu. I don't really care about quality, I just want to be able to play new games with a decent fps
Considering your limited budget I'd suggest a fast dual core instead of a slow quad core. The difference in performance for current games isn't very big, but can you save a lot of money as the CPU, motherboard and RAM are cheaper. Take that money and invest it into a better graphics card, that's the most important component for gaming, especially if you are interested in shooters.
Or maybe you should get a console instead, that fits your budget (if you buy a cheap TV) and means that you won't have to worry about hardware requirements.
Gettin' hardware chilly
16th June 2004
9800gtx+ for $140? srsly?
@OP I'd suggest going AMD this round. Since all you're going to do is game you can get a rather robust 965 rig for around your price mark. i5 is nice and all but the platform isn't going to get too much faster on the high-end, while AM3 is going to stick around until bulldozer comes out and that chip is supposed to be the difference of when intel went from Pentium 4 to core2.