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Hey guys I am a bit new to the site. Been using the site for information regarding my upcoming build. So decided to register and see if I can get a little more information.

I am going to be building mid June to mid July (all depending on that Gov't check) so right now the last thing I really need as a decision maker is: should I stick with a Core 2 Duo or Quad? Secondly what would you recommend as far as a decent OCer. Right now as far as price goes, my max would be like $350 (which is the cost of the newer Quad 9450).

This is a small list of the processors I've been looking at:

Dual:
E8400 ($195)
E6750 ($180)
E2180 ($70) - *Only because it's so cheep and a good OCer*


Quad:
Q9450 ($350)
Q9300 ($270)
Q6600 ($215)
    
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e8400 is an awesome cpu......with q6600 you'll just get higher 3D Mark score.....plus you can find e8400 and q6600 for under 200 bucks on eBay.....q9450 is kinda cool....but won't outperform q6600 by 150 bucks......
    
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Originally Posted by Vlasov_581 View Post
e8400 is an awesome cpu......with q6600 you'll just get higher 3D Mark score.....plus you can find e8400 and q6600 for under 200 bucks on eBay.....q9450 is kinda cool....but won't outperform q6600 by 150 bucks......
In fact the Q9450 can barely outperform the Q6600 in the eyes of an overclocker who would overclock both.

If you do settle for dual core, I'd suggest an E7200, it's a better bargain. For quad, I'd suggest Q6600 or Q6700.
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Is this a short gaming system, or one that you want to last a few years.

If you plan on upgrading soon, get a E8400. If you want to use it for quite a while and have it still be good\\decent, get a quad (9450, the 9300 is a crap OC'er).
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ATM it's between the Q6600 and the E8400. I would go with the dual as it clocks like a champ.
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ATM it's between the Q6600 and the E8400. I would go with the dual as it clocks like a champ.
2nd, the e8400 is a great cpu =D. Also, depends on what your doing, the e8400 is faster in games (if your a a gamer )
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I will throw a vote in for the Q6600. Best proc I have ever owned.
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Is this a short gaming system, or one that you want to last a few years.

If you plan on upgrading soon, get a E8400. If you want to use it for quite a while and have it still be gooddecent, get a quad (9450, the 9300 is a crap OC'er).
What's the point if he's gonna upgrade anyway? There isn't gonna be a significantly better quad before Nehalem, not to mention E8400 is only a tiny bit less expensive than the Q6600.
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nehalem is going to be ****, read up on it.
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nehalem is going to be ****, read up on it.
It won't be crap, but it probably won't be worth buying for a while. The point is, if he's gonna buy a C2Q sooner or later, why not just get one now? Soon as they roll out the Nehalems, they won't make better C2Qs, so what we're seeing today is nearly as good as it'll ever get.
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