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post #11 of 19
Lol, i just assembled 2 pc's today at the shop, one with each of those chips, both in the Asus p5gc-mx motherboard, both with the same ram, both with onboard video, both with 1 250gb hard drive.... sell the e2180! lmao.
post #12 of 19
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Very interesting, I was thinking exactly the same thing, I mean how much of a difference is this processor going to make. I heard the e8400 was godly in gaming but how does it really compare to an e2180 overclocked to 3.7ghz? Now that is the question that is needed to be answered before I make any decision.
I have never owned an E8400 so I can't speak from experience. But I'm willing to bet no one claiming to keep the E8400 has owned both. Here's what I do know, the E8400 averages about 3.8-4.1GHz overclocked, which is 100-400MHz faster than your E2180. It also comes with 6MB cache versus the 1MB cache of the E2180. So it's definitely better, but the question becomes how much better, and is it going to improve anything you're currently doing? From what I've heard, Crysis is very GPU limited, and the 8800GS isn't all that great. I would be very shocked if the E2180 is the cause of your bottleneck in this game. So basically the E8400 would future proof you and make day-to-day operation smoother by what's most likely an insignificant amount. I doubt it would improve Crysis performance.

So IMO, it comes down to this. Keep the E2180 and get the MP3 player that you know you want, and stay pretty happy with your computer. Or, keep the E8400, be disappointed that you don't have the MP3 player, and see a tiny boost in performance from your computer, but probably not in Crysis. I'd do the MP3 player but that's just me, everyone else seems to think you'll like the small bump in CPU performance more than the MP3 player. I guess ultimately, it's up to you.
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post #13 of 19
honestly I would say keep the e8400 IF you can save up to get the mp3 player you want. and honestly I dont think you need a $200 mp3 player... I have a touch with only 8 gigs and 8 gigs is more then enough for music, only reason I own a touch is for my online posting when my comp is down, but for only music I would get a small ipod.
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post #14 of 19
I can't imagine myself using anything more than a 3 ghz Pentium Dual Core but since you're trying to play games like Crysis, I think you should keep the E8400 and OC it
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post #15 of 19
so 6mb l2 cache vs 1mb l2 cache
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post #16 of 19
Keep the 8400 and pick up one of these cheap (I have one)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...E&linkCode=asm

You can even pick up a 2GB expansion card for $10-15 also.
post #17 of 19
The e8400 would have more cache.
post #18 of 19
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I disagree with these guys. 3.7GHz on the E2180 is plenty fast for anything you're doing. The lag in Crysis is from your 8800GS not the CPU. Sell the E8400, you'll get like $175-180 versus the $55-60 for the E2180. That way you'll have a sweet MP3 player that you want instead of a slightly faster comp.
That's exactly what I was thinking. Your GPU is holding you back for high demand games. Sell the e8400 and get the MP3 player.
 
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post #19 of 19
The E8400 beats the E2120 by alot actually E8400 is stock at 3.0Ghz which makes it overlocker able past 4.0Ghz and it has a 6MB cache in stead of a 2mb cache that your e2120 has, i got my E8400 up tp 4.4ghz which is amazing i had a E6600 before and got that up to 3.6Ghz, but if i was you keep the E8400 and sell you e2140.
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