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Hi All,

I have just found out my Motherboard & Chippy (P5N-E SLI)(650i) is rubbish at handling Quad Cores.

So I might go for a cheaper CPU like a E7200 (£85)

Or a E8400 (£120)

There is only a £35 diff which is the value of a game

I only need the Processor to last me 6 to 8 mouths.

And what sort of OC could I get with my current System Set Up
post #2 of 10
E7200 has a 3mb cache, and 1066 bus, 9.5 multiplier.
E8400 has a 6mb cache, and 1333 bus, 9 multiplier.

So with a crappy board the e7200 might go ghz higher, but the cache and bus are going to kill the e7200 in real world performance.
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Hi All,

I have just found out my Motherboard & Chippy (P5N-E SLI)(650i) is rubbish at handling Quad Cores.

So I might go for a cheaper CPU like a E7200 (£85)

Or a E8400 (£120)

There is only a £35 diff which is the value of a game

I only need the Processor to last me 6 to 8 mouths.

And what sort of OC could I get with my current System Set Up
LOL I was looking at your sig in the 8800GTS overclock thread and I was going to suggest that you would make much better use of your system with a better proc but I guess you have that covered now!

edit: to answer your question if you want it to last 6-8 months then I would just get the e8400 if you have the means. it will serve you better in games, although, you will notice a DRASTIC performance increase either way. As for the OC, with proper cooling you could probably get your e8400 to 4GHz no problem but might want to just go to maybe 3.8 to be safe. I haven't read much about the E7xxx series and their OCability but you should probably expect a fairly decent OC out of the E7200 anyway.
Edited by GANDALFtheGREY - 5/14/08 at 12:51am
post #4 of 10
bus is irrelevant, he's overclocking...

cache will drop performance ~10% at the same clock speed I believe, but less cache may make it easier to OC the 7200.

If it was me, I'd snag the 7200
    
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If you want a 45nm cpu that lastes 6-8 months, E7200 is the way to go. Just make sure vcore under 1.36V.
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If you want a 45nm cpu that lastes 6-8 months, E7200 is the way to go. Just make sure vcore under 1.36V.
Yes, the E7200 is definitely going to suit your purposes for the next 6 to 8 months. Unless you are planning to set some benchmark record. The E7200 has plenty of power. Besides. I never argue with linskingdom. He's almost always right
    
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E7200 has a 3mb cache, and 1066 bus, 9.5 multiplier.
E8400 has a 6mb cache, and 1333 bus, 9 multiplier.

So with a crappy board the e7200 might go ghz higher, but the cache and bus are going to kill the e7200 in real world performance.
No, cache doesn't make that much difference, even the 1Mb cache'd CPU's like mine are almost as fast as the 4Mb cache'd dual cores at the same clock speed, Also, if he gets at least a 1333Mhz Bus, There won't be much bottlenecking.
    
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Yes, the E7200 is definitely going to suit your purposes for the next 6 to 8 months. Unless you are planning to set some benchmark record. The E7200 has plenty of power. Besides. I never argue with linskingdom. He's almost always right
Just take out the almost there.
    
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post #9 of 10
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The E7200 @ 2.5+ Ghz is only £80 which is a steal compared to the E8400

E7200 has a lower Bus only 1066mhz which gives me plenty of room to play with when OCing if i can bump it up to 1333Mhz i will be running at the same speed as a E8500 stock 3.16Ghz which isn't bad for a £80 chip. also this chip will release extra to help with SLI'ing my GTS 512 and a new PSU

I only plan on keeping my Motherboard and CPU till Christmas then upgrade

Any other Processors or this the E7200 the way to go for £80
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I have a couple of Sites where i'll be buying the Processor could you advise

http://www.ilgs.co.uk/products.asp?partno=BX80571E7200

http://www.lambda-tek.com/components...prodID=B102804

http://www.shop.bt.com/productview.a...specifications

Delivery is about £4 to £6

So the Chip is going to cost between £87 - £90
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