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post #11 of 56
nehalem = NO OVERCLOCK

if its between dual or quad core, unless you do cpu intensive tasks, go for the dual. gaming does not count as cpu intensive.

if you get a dual, go for the e7200, thats major bang for your buck.

if you do get a quad, id have to recommend a q6600, again great value.
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Exactly what I was thinking myself, why not go for a Quad now. I do plan to upgrade only when need be. I would like to keep the PC for about 3+ years and upgrade as I go. As long as the newer processor stay LGA775 socket then I have no problem going dual core now because (from what I've seen) dual seems to be best for gaming. To answer am above question, yes, I am a gamer. From MMO's to COD4, CS:S, Crysis, and so on. I want the best performance I can get out of my games, and a big 3DMark06 score to brag with would be cool always. =P So far I think I am set on the E8400 but that Quad keeps sticking in my mind. I know they're not going to do anything for gaming right now but I see a lot of people using the Q6600 in gaming rigs as well. What I can tell you is I do plan to play Warhammer Online a lot when it releases and continue to play as many graphics intense FPS's as well. (As opposed to Crysis on completely low settings.) Part of me sees a Quad as today/future technology as opposed to Dual being yesterday. (Which on the other hand Quad drives the Duals down in price making it easy on the wallet =P)

Again the overall cost isn't a big problem, but if I spend $150 on a processor it'll be to OC it and upgrade later if I spend over $300 like on the 9450 it'll be to keep it for future. As long as it won't bottleneck my video card (either 4870 or 4870X2 when they release).
    
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nehalem = NO OVERCLOCK

if its between dual or quad core, unless you do cpu intensive tasks, go for the dual. gaming does not count as cpu intensive.

if you get a dual, go for the e7200, thats major bang for your buck.

if you do get a quad, id have to recommend a q6600, again great value.
Price being no object, 7200 vs 8400?
    
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Good luck maxing out 2 cores at 4 ghz

Although you can get a 3.6 quad if you spend enough on cooling, but Duals are cheaper to OC
    
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Price being no object, 7200 vs 8400?
Onboard L2 cache

E7200 IMO is not recommended if you can afford E8400. same multipliers, Fsb, etc.... just cache which helps alot
    
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Price being no object, 7200 vs 8400?
I'd still choose E7200. If you can afford the E8400 there's no reason to not get the Q6600 instead.

People say a highly clocked dual core will outperform a quad in games, but I'd rather have excessive cores than excessive speeds if I were to keep a chip for a few years to come. After all, no game out there will use a 3.2GHz dual core to its potential, so either the E8400 or the Q6600 would be in excess in terms of power. If you truly want higher framerates, get a better GPU.
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Personally i would keep my quad any day over the dual, but i use my quad for more than just gaming, as in general use, media and editing (video now and then). I would recommend the quad core tbh and in a years time think about it software is going to be a lot better at working with them
    
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Okay so this is what I am thinking so far:

Intel E8400
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Another vote for a Q6700.

I'd pick a Quad also over a dually...
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheRobotron View Post
Okay so this is what I am thinking so far:

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Get 4GB if you're gonna run Vista x64, it's not even expensive nowadays. And as for the motherboard, get DFI P35-T2RS instead. It's much better than any P5K boards out there.

As for the CPU...... Your money, your choice.
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