Originally Posted by NrGx
Depends what you want to do with it. If you are building a gaming rig (average graphics card) then get an E2180 and overclock it. If you have some serious SLI action maybe consider an E8400. Unless you are doing some video editing, do not go for the quad cores. And especially the Q9450 which should be bought only if you really want to encode.
I have found in recent times on this site it has become very epeen orientated with the Q6600. But the fact is most people here play games and the E2180 does this job more than fine at the most popular resolutions.
I was looking into the E2180. I am going to go Crossfire when the 4000 Series come out. Which is what brought me to the 8400. I'll be pairing two HD4870's or a HD4870X2 with a HD4870. I understand after overlclocking (especially E2180 at 70 dollars) it doesn't matter if it's the E2180 or the Q6600 or E8400 because past a certain speed games don't care. Seeing as Q6600 is the same price if not 20 dollars more than then E8400 I figured I'd future proof myself in case Quads in the upcoming year become optimized. I am looking to save money in the long run as well. Have a Quad now vs. spend 70 - 200 dollars then upgrade later. Especially when I will be adding a second video card on the system.
This could also bite me in the ass if the Quads of now compared to the future ones become nothing to what they're going to be needed/used for in applications. So right now I am just tossing ideas until those 4000 series cards come out and my gov't stimulus check arrives.
The one thing I know I don't like about the E2180 which I also know I shouldn't care much about is the Cache which relates to approx. a 15% in performance which in gaming it is barely visible. I think part of my thoughts on Quad now over Quad later is to know I can get this all done soon and not worry about watching the market closely and be doing this 6+ months from now asking everyone what new chip I should get, also if they switch off the LGA775 socket I'd be upset. =P
But that E2180 is ideal for any gamer looking to not spend a lot, to think I went from a $600-$800 PC to now $1300.