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Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 vs Intel Core i7-3930K

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Hi
i'm in a dilemma here my friend gave me an i7-3930k but i don't want to waste money on buying a motherboard and memory for it
should i just keep using my E8400 or buy a motherboard and memory for the other cpu?
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I'd buy the board and memory for the 3930k and run with it. Sell off the E8400 setup and recoup some of the damages as well.

There's no real comparing the two at all. smile.gif
    
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I think it depends on what you use your computer for.  Personally, I feel that it would be very worth it.  I upgraded directly from an E8400 @ 4.0 GHz in an EP45-UD3P with DDR2 1200 to what I have now (2500K, ASUS P8P67 EVO, DDR3 1866), and I feel that the difference is huge.  It's like going from a hard drive to a very good solid state drive, only the difference is bigger than that.

 

To be honest, you would look back and laugh at yourself for asking this.

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What are your other components? It's more than likely that you don't have the complementary pieces to really take advantage of the 3930K. My route would be to sell the 3930K and if your e8400 really isn't cutting it, using the money to get a 3560K, mobo, and memory. The 3930K is priced at a premium unbefitting of its relative speed to other processors. You could probably fetch a great price for it if you sold it. Having just the 3930K with a Video card and hard drive that matched your current E8400 just doesn't make sense from a cost/performance ratio.

Otherwise the E8400 is a great chip. You should OC it to the high 3ghz mark if you haven't already and reevaluate things. Then again I have a four-year-old QX6700 @ 3.2ghz and I don't get the upgrade itch as often as the other posters here so biggrin.gif
post #5 of 8
put $200 towards a new board and ram that chip blows what you have out of that water.
post #6 of 8
I wish I had friends that would give me Hexcore Intels. Definitely worth it, that E8400 has to be somewhere along its way out.and I have the feeling that 6 cores now is like choosing a quad in 2008/09. Let your nice upgrade coast along the advances in multicore gaming.


For free ...I wouldn't pass it up.
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Night and Day difference this is thumb.gif

Sell the Wolfdale and get it put towards a new motherboard and ram, ram is soooo cheap its the motherboard that is gona cost.
Its not long until christmas, can anybody give you cash for christmas you think?
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post #8 of 8
I had an E8400 & a E8600 in a previous EVGA mobo build and they both performed well.

The 3930K would be a massive upgrade so i suggest you save and with out a doubt upgrade yourself.
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