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I'm debating whether to get the E2140, and overclock the heck out of it, and then upgrade in about 6 months, or should I spend the extra cash and go for the E4300?

My main concern with the E4300 is that the latest batches seem to be running hot, and a few people reported not so great OCs.

Any advice on which way to go? I don't game a whole lot, the most CPU intensive thing i'll be doing is periodic video conversion, it's more about getting a great OC out of the chip
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4300. just my opinion. 2140's dont OC well compared to the 4300, and the price difference is what? $40?
    
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I got the E2140 its cheap and i have seen ppl OC it to 3.6 but.if you even get it to 3 [thats what most ppl have] its good.i seen this guy that didnt even touch the Vcore and has 3.2. I have ordered and P5K its not here yet when it get here i'll post some results.
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I'm debating whether to get the E2140, and overclock the heck out of it, and then upgrade in about 6 months, or should I spend the extra cash and go for the E4300?

My main concern with the E4300 is that the latest batches seem to be running hot, and a few people reported not so great OCs.

Any advice on which way to go? I don't game a whole lot, the most CPU intensive thing i'll be doing is periodic video conversion, it's more about getting a great OC out of the chip
If you need a CPU now, and can't wait until 7/22/07(huge intel price cuts), I would recommend the e2140. With the money saved over the e4300 you could buy a top of the line hsf and really push this chip.
http://www.tankguys.biz/product_info...oducts_id=1735

Tankguys have a great price on the best air cooling solution currently on the market. Heck you could pump 1.5vCORE through that chip(assuming its only needed for 6 months) and probably hit close to 450fsb. If the e2x00 series had been on the market when I bought my e4300 I would have probably gone with it since this e4300 is nothing more than an iterim chip for me as well. But with regards to a long term computer solution I would recommend spending more money on a cpu with more cache, office apps especially show the significance of increased cache.

GL deciding
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Thanks for the quick replies. I should also add that I'll be happy with 3.0GHz on either chip.

The pros for the E2140 is that it doesn't seem to have heat issues (unlike some E4300s) and the low price makes it easy to justify a Quad-Core upgrade in 6 months. The E4300 is looking less attractive due to the $30 price difference (Retail box vs. retail box).

My main rig is without a CPU right now (had an OEM CPU but returned it due to heat, over 80 degrees in TAT?!? Even if TAT isn't 100% accurate, that's still nuts). Ended up returning the chip, so waiting until late July doesn't seem like an option The E4400 is attractive but with a $65 difference between the E2140 and E4400 it's hard to justify.
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If you need a CPU now, and can't wait until 7/22/07(huge intel price cuts), I would recommend the e2140. With the money saved over the e4300 you could buy a top of the line hsf and really push this chip.
http://www.tankguys.biz/product_info...oducts_id=1735

Tankguys have a great price on the best air cooling solution currently on the market. Heck you could pump 1.5vCORE through that chip(assuming its only needed for 6 months) and probably hit close to 450fsb. If the e2x00 series had been on the market when I bought my e4300 I would have probably gone with it since this e4300 is nothing more than an iterim chip for me as well. But with regards to a long term computer solution I would recommend spending more money on a cpu with more cache, office apps especially show the significance of increased cache.

GL deciding
Thanks, but this makes makes the decision tougher

I do run some office apps every now and then, maybe even some other server side stuff for playing around with, so the cache might help. The fact that the E4300 is on it's way out the door, and that the latest specimens haven't been OC'ing well hasn't been helping.
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well for vid conversion i would rather go with the 4300 since it does have the 2mb vs the 1mb 2140/60..... the 4300's oc to 6300 speeds. the 2140/60 performs about same as 3600x2's when oc-ed. someone posted in the online deals section where u can get the 4300 for like $99. thats my pick. but make sure to lap it.
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I'm debating whether to get the E2140, and overclock the heck out of it, and then upgrade in about 6 months, or should I spend the extra cash and go for the E4300?

My main concern with the E4300 is that the latest batches seem to be running hot, and a few people reported not so great OCs.

Any advice on which way to go? I don't game a whole lot, the most CPU intensive thing i'll be doing is periodic video conversion, it's more about getting a great OC out of the chip
Without modding, both cpu's are limited to 400fsb.. People keep saying they have seen 21xx's hit 3.6+Ghz.. Sounds just like when the 4300's came out to me.. Same kind of hype going on with the 21xx's as did with the 4300's...

The biggest difference between the two cpu's is the L2 either being 1mb or 2mb.. There is very little benchmark differences between them when oc'ed to the same speeds..

The question you should ask yourself is whether or not $30 is that big of a deal to you.. IMO, I would stick with the 21xx and get a decent cooler for it.. Both the 4300 and 21xx's should hit 3.0Ghz on the ~right motherboard~...

Also I would at least spend the extra $9 and get the 2160 instead of the 2140.. Its only $9..
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See, that's where it gets tough again. Spending the extra $9 or $10 to go to the E2160 seems easy to justify, but then from there it's only another $15 or so to get double the cache ... Also newegg doesn't have free shipping on the E2160, but they do on the E4300.

I've got a 965P-DS3, and an Arctic Freezer Pro 7, along with some AS5, and 2GB of Crucial Ballistix 800Mhz. So hopefully that's enough to sustain an overclock on either chip. I'm not looking to go nuts, just want decent temps at somewhere around 3.0GHz.

My main worry with the E4300 isn't the price difference, but that i'll fork over extra cash, and get a chip that runs HOT.
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Ig you do not want to think it that way then do a big jump at once and give 25 usd for something from a totally different world. When you say it runs hot what do you mean?
    
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