Originally Posted by Kip69
I ｗｅｎｔ Ｅ８４００ ｂｅｃａｕｓｅ： Ｔｈｅｙ ｗｅｒｅ ｔｈｅ ｓａｍｅ ｐｒｉｃｅ， Ｔh ｅ Ｅ ｉｓ ａ ｂｅｔｔｅｒ ｇａｍｅｒ ａｎｄ Ｉ game. The Q is mostly not used by anything. The E is faster stock and OCed. And (last but best) by the time the Q is properly used it will be outdated.
So, ALL you do with your PC is game? You don't watch movies, listen to music, encode DVD's, burn CD's and DVD's, surf the net, write papers, fold etc.?
Just because there are very few single applications that use Quads does not mean they are not being utilized. Sure, for straight up gaming the E is better due to higher speeds (both stock and overclocked) and more cache, but once you try to do anything else, it fails.
This topic has been beaten to death. IMO anyone that says the E8400 is a better investment is just trying to justify their 4000mhz epeen or are an FPS whore. The increase in gaming performance in no way makes up for the multi-tasking ability of a quad core.
Also, the Q's are getting cheaper and cheaper every week. Why on earth would you trade 400 mhz for 2 more cores??
edit: I would get a P35 if only becasue they are one of the best single card chipsets going. As for RAM, I love the GSkills I have. they don't OC that great, but since they are already at 1000mhz, they don't really need to. If you are running single card, I would look at the 520HX or the 620HX. there are bigger PSU's out there, but either one of those is great for the money and plenty for a single card.
For GFX, I still think that the 8800 GTS is the best value. yiou may want to wait until the new cards come out, though, as prices will drop then. It all depends on your time frame and budget.Edited by dralb - 5/23/08 at 10:38am