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Old 1st March, 2009, 08:00 PM
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Originally Posted by timmythemoder View Post
what would be better

Intel CORE2QUAD Q8200/2.33GHz/4MB/1333FSB/LGA775/QUAD $278
Intel ATX E8400 CORE 2 DUO /3.0GHz/6MB/1333FSB/LGA775 $273
Intel CORE2QUAD Q8300/2.5GHz/4MB/1333FSB/LGA775/QUAD CORE $325
As you know already the quads are very good for multitasking, but for gaming have no advantage over a duo core.

So the question is...What are you going to be using your system for mainly???

Because I mostly use my system for video gaming, I'd go with the E8400 because it's got great OC speed with low temps & would be an excellent CPU for gaming at a relatively low cost. It also has 6mbs of L2 cache over the other's that have 4mbs.
Keep in mind, the more L2 cache the CPU has, the faster it will run software & games...
Another thing to keep in mind is the very low multi that the Q8300 has being 7.5.
So unless your mobo can do a consistent solid 500 FSB (3.750GHz) getting it to clock higher won't be easy.
With that said I would go with the E8400... This is MY choice though.

No matter what you choice ends up being, you will still have an excellent gaming system with good OC potential given the choices above for a CPU.

EVGA GTX 470 SC 37% OC (855/1710/2004) 160.5Gbs
3DMark Vantage: P24352
3DMark 11: P5119

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