How to build a £600 Gaming PC
Alien vs Predator
Away from synthetic benchmarking applications the ease of the performance from the i3 becomes clear. Of course 1.4 FPS isn't loads, but it shows that GPU is, within reason, more important than the CPU.
We've long known that Crysis Warhead needs the ultimate hardware to make the most of, but we see here the proof in the old argument that once you're past two cores a game will no longer take advantage of them. Although when it comes to pure maximum frame-rate the extra power available in our OC3D Test Rig takes a big chunk out our sub-£600 gaming rig, at average rate which is the important one there is half a frame in it.
Tom Clancys HAWX 2 isn't the toughest test of a system out there, and so it proves as the increased horsepower available from our i7-950 manages to push it ahead of the i3-540 based budget gaming rig. Of course both systems smash the 100 FPS bracket and so any differences are meaningless.