As you know, it is the graphics subsystem that determines the platform performance in the majority of contemporary games. Therefore, when you are building a gaming system, you should first of all find a proper graphics accelerator. However, value processors can also become a bottleneck of the gaming platform. You can clearly see that from the results of our gaming tests carried out with a high-performance graphics accelerator in the system.
AMD processors with the integrated DDR2/DDR3 memory controller do pretty well in those games that are quite sensitive not only to the processor computational power, but also to the memory subsystem performance. Judging by the obtained results we can conclude with all certainty that Socket AM3 platform would be a good choice for an inexpensive gaming system. And purchasing an exotic triple-core Athlon II X3 processor may be a good way to go. As we can see, contemporary games get a noticeable performance boost from acquiring a third processor core.