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Old 07-19-2012, 03:00 PM   #31
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The program will still work no problem, only that only 4 of the 8 cores would be used at max.
For example, imagine a car could drive at a top speed of 140MPH. However when driving on a road with a 20MPH speed limit, the car can only drive at 20MPH. The car therefore will still perform as usual, but will just not be utilising its full power.
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How many cores can video games use?
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:12 PM   #33
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Well it varies from game to game but I think (and someone can correct me if I'm wrong) the most is 4 cores. Although if you have a choice between a quad core and a hexa- or octa- core, go for the one with the higher clock speed
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When it says 8x 3.60ghz/8mb L2 cache what does the 8mb mean?
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That's the amount of memory that is on the chip.
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If 8 cores don't work with games then wouldn't it be better to get a 4 core chip and save some money
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You asked which would be best, I answered.

For the money AT THE MOMENT, the 4 core would probably be better, give it a few years and the 8 core will outshine it.

If the quad had a higher clock speed, like this one: 10 Cashback AMD CPU FX Series 4170 Black Edition Quad Core Processor - FD4170FRGUCBX - Scan.co.uk

Then I'd have said immediately, go for the 4 core, but you'll find, that in the future, the 8 core will perform a lot faster.
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If 8 cores don't work with games then wouldn't it be better to get a 4 core chip and save some money
Get whichever has the higher clock (after taking the price into account). Although Joe is right that 8 cores would be better for the future, by the time games start using 8 cores, I doubt you'll still have the same CPU that you're planning to get at the minute.
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:43 PM   #39
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The computer that I am customizing can have a primary hard drive and a data hard drive. If I get a 60GB SSD as my primary and then a 1TB hard drive for the data hard drive slot how would that work. I know SSD have faster windows boot, faster game loading etc. Does the data combine so I get a total of 1TB and 60GB. but when I am doing stuff the SSD is doing all the work becuase it is faster. Sorry if it is confusing.
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Unfortunately no, at least not in the way you're suggesting. Both of the drives would stay separate. The 1TB HDD will store a lot of data but will be quite slow (comparatively). The SSD is on the other end of the scale with a small amount of storage but high speeds. Therefore you should store the bulk of your data on the HDD (documents, music, videos etc.) and the OS, programs you use a lot and/or any games you're playing on the SSD.

To get what you're suggesting (or at least what I think you're suggesting - I'm too tired think atm ) you would need to get a 1TB SSD, which costs quite a lot to say the least.

Hope this answers your question
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