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Why do you think Intel will change socket anytime soon?

And the Q6600 would have fit your budget also:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0257938
Yeah but that's 65nm and doesn't OC as well, and doesn't give as good of gaming performance. Also, the Q6600 has 2 Mb cache per core, whereas the E8400 has 3 Mb per core. That extra meg per core should help.
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post #22 of 27
You doing the right thing when you go for E8400, it´s time to Quad when Intel release Nehalem this year.

Timing 9-9-9-21@1443 is´t that good, you should get some 7-7-7@1600 or 7-7-7@1800 (I now they are expensive) and then go for 400x9=3600, 450x8=3600 or 450x9=4050 with your E8400 and bring your Performance level (tRD) to 7 or 6.
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Q6600 at newegg...
that's a very good option
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post #24 of 27
Quad wont give you much more than a dual if your a gamer, dunno why everyone is obsessed with quads 'It has more cores, it must be betta!'

Would be nice to see your E8400 hit 4GHz =)
    
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I have one E8400 on a Asus Blitz Formula SE and run it @450x9=4050 for 24/7 and also @475X9=4275 stable with prime95 small FFT for more then 6 hour and GRAW2, RSV and Crysis for more then 3 hours, I can boot @500x9=4500 but not stable for prime or any gaming and it´s not a ES it´s a retail.
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http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/3199...u-testing.html

Your input about ingame frames/cpu load inspired me to try these tests. Check 'em out.

It appears to me that a 8400 at 3.0 is capable of pushing *about* 50-55fps in-game, if you graphics card setup is capable of any more than that, the cpu gradually holds you back more and more the higher the FPS gets.

Therefore, I'm gonna guess that changing to a 8400 and OC'ing to 4.0 won't make too too much difference on your 1280x1024 'all high' score, but of course your 800x600 will go up by around 33%.
    
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Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
mmm I wonder why the Quad recommendations all got completely ignored?

the E8400 will indeed be sufficient for gaming, but the Quad adds much more... and is more future proof.
Quads add more to games that aren't made to take advantage of the 2 extra cores? I'm curious about this. I've seen little to no proof that a quad core is any better than a dual core, in a game made only to take advantage of two cores.

Now, it likely won't run any slower on a quad-core with the same clock-speed and architecture, but running a q6600 or q9450 at 4.0Ghz on a cheapy air doesn't seem likely.

You'll notice on the crysis thread that the e8400s seem to be on the top for the most part. Of course, that is biased by the card in this test.

I will agree that Quad-Cores are more "future proof". But the fact is that by the time software is commonly using four cores we'll be looking at oct-core Nehalems and Larrabee, and noone will care that they own the q6600 at that point.

In my opinion the e8400 is much easier, and cheaper to get to high speeds, at lower power consumption, and lower temps, and will yield you just as good FPS in a game right now and for the next year at least. So like another post on the first page said, if you are primarily playing games, the dual-core is probably best.
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