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Posted 18 October 2008 - 07:54 PM

I'm going to buy a new CPU soon, but I have problems deciding:
Dual core or Quad core? if quad core, extreme or vanilla quad?
I know that only few games support 4 cores, but I think choosing a quad core is the way to go and future proof myself, what do you think?
For a c2d I could buy an E8400, for a c2q I could buy a Q6600 *or maybe* a Q9300 and for c2e, I don't know, you tell me
which one could be the best option for overclocking? I have heard that the Q6600 overclocking capacity is not that great..
Please note that my budget is 300 euros for the CPU.

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 08:03 PM

Quad cores won't do any better than dual cores in gaming. If you have a lot of programs running at once when you aren't gaming though, a quad is the way to go.

Can't tell you about much overclocking other than you will need a good cooling system, I'm still learning

300Euros should be more than enough for the CPUs you are looking at, e8400 is $165 USD

Make sure it's compatible with your motherboard

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 08:21 PM

I know that Dual Cores outperform Quad Cores when it comes to gaming, but there games that are/will be optimized for quad cores, games such as Far Cry 2, CoD 5 WaW will support quad cores and Crysis already supports them, thanks for your opinion btw

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 08:29 AM

e8400 or e8500 is better. they are da best normal cpu.

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 09:15 AM

QUOTE (Jony. @ Oct 18 2008, 20:21)
I know that Dual Cores outperform Quad Cores when it comes to gaming, but there games that are/will be optimized for quad cores, games such as Far Cry 2, CoD 5 WaW will support quad cores and Crysis already supports them, thanks for your opinion btw

The Q6600 is very cheap and overclocks beautifully, best Quad around for it's price. Ignore the ''Extremes''.

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 10:03 AM

Get a lower clocked version of whatever core you're buying and then overclock it 200-400MHz. The newer Intel CPUs are very easy to overclock without great cooling, but you still may want to buy a third party heatsink. To be honest, though, you shouldn't need to overclock at all to get passable performance on games at reasonable quality settings.

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 04:59 PM

I just decided I will be getting a E8400 or a E8500, those babes are good for overclocking indeed, oh and just realised the Q6600 is 65nm confused.gif the quads with 45nm are pretty (expensive?) Extremes are a waste of money. Thanks for your opinions

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 07:00 PM

QUOTE (Jony. @ Oct 20 2008, 16:59)
I just decided I will be getting a E8400 or a E8500, those babes are good for overclocking indeed, oh and just realised the Q6600 is 65nm confused.gif the quads with 45nm are pretty (expensive?) Extremes are a waste of money. Thanks for your opinions

It's fine, I'll take the angry internet man theory and blatantly say that the extremes are basically overclocked Quads.

Happy gaming, enjoy your CPU colgate.gif .

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 08:26 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong.. but as far as i know the only difference between E8400 and E8500 is some 200-300mhz..you can go for the cheaper one an easily overclock it to E8500 speeds and beyond..

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 08:33 PM

QUOTE (matthew1g @ Oct 20 2008, 20:26)
Correct me if I'm wrong.. but as far as i know the only difference between E8400 and E8500 is some 200-300mhz..you can go for the cheaper one an easily overclock it to E8500 speeds and beyond..

That's waht I've been saying, read my last post that preceeded this one; the same theory goes for the Core 2 Duos.

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 01:01 AM

Don't quibble over Quad core, fact is, the application of this tech as it extends to dual core alone is all new, so three and four core CPUs are not going to be outdated soon, unless the industry skips the generations with some quantum leap. Often it's just shortsighted error that relagates good tech to obsolesence....like AMD64 chips on the 939 socket. These were good but outdated in far too short an order.

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 03:35 PM

QUOTE (matthew1g @ Oct 20 2008, 21:26)
Correct me if I'm wrong.. but as far as i know the only difference between E8400 and E8500 is some 200-300mhz..you can go for the cheaper one an easily overclock it to E8500 speeds and beyond..

Oh yeah I noticed the only difference in those is the .5x Multiplier gain that means only 200-300mhz in OC terms, I will buy the E8400 anyway and save 20 euros smile.gif




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