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C2D E4500 vs. Pentium Dual Core

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So im stumped on the CPU choice for this gaming build, for $125 i can get the e4500, or for $75-95 i can get any Pentium Dual Core. I know the difference is the L2 Cache, but doesnt that hurt the gaming a bit. Here's the Specs, i wanna get either at 3.0ghz, and also for the Ram, I have the choice of either OCZ Platinum, Mushkin HP's, or Patriot Signature Line 800's, which is the better buy.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L
CPU: ?
Cooling: Intel Stock
Case & PSU: Coolermaster Centurion 534
PSU: OCZ StealthXstream 600W
Ram: OCZ Platinum XTC Dual-Channel DDR2-800 2GB
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 500GB
Optical Drives: Samsung SH-203B
Speakers: ?
OS: Windows XP Professional SP2
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Video Card: XFX Geforce 8800GT XT 512MB DDR3
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The Core 2 Duo will win hands down against the Pentium. Clock for clock the Core 2 is better than the Pentium. I would go with the Core 2 if you are wanting performance. But the Pentium is not that much cheaper so.
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Originally Posted by will25u View Post
The Core 2 Duo will win hands down against the Pentium. Clock for clock the Core 2 is better than the Pentium. I would go with the Core 2 if you are wanting performance. But the Pentium is not that much cheaper so.
What?

They are both allendale cores. The only difference is that the E4xx0's have 2mb of l2 cashe and the E21xx series has 1mb of L2 cashe. Performance will be the same in games, but not in benchmarks (which don't matter anyway)

Honestly, go with either the E2140 or the E2160. Sometimes on newegg they are the same price

BUT DON'T BE CONFUSED WITH PENTIUM 4 OR D!

Make sure that is says allendale

EDIT: the allendale series is the same as the C2D series, the difference being only the amount of L2 cashe
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Looks like you already have a nice gaming rig in your sig. Why not just spend the money towards another GPU to go SLI?
post #5 of 7
I would go for a Pentium Dual Core E2140 or E2180. Here is a very good read on L2 cache.

Does Cache Size Really Boost Performance?
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And here is any easy way to compare two CPU's with each other and see if it is worth the extra $...

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yea, this is another build im doing for a buddy, my main rigs good for now, ill probly get the e2180
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
WD Blue Caviar 1TB 7200RPM  Wrath Spire Vista Home Premium Samsung Syncmaster 21.6" LCD Monitor 
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