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Spend money on AMD tri-core?! or go directly to Quad...?

post #1 of 18
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i'm getting confused, tri-core is performing ok......but dropping 40$ more i can get a AMD quad or Intel E8400.....so...which one is better? any suggestions?

also, looking for the one that has the best OC potential capability~
post #2 of 18
The e7200 outperforms the AMD tri-core but it may be worth it to get the tri-core for multitasking.
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I know this isnt gonna go over well.
But I have a DFI790fx and Phenom 9600.
Im not sure what x3 x4 are suppose to do but it doesnt do anything good that I noticed.
Im back to the old trusty E6300.
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Q6600 is now selling for $209.99 at newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115017

And the OEM version is even $10 cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115018

I strongly recommend Q6600, otherwise get E8400 or E7200
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post #5 of 18
take phenom BE
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The quad is mostly useful for multithreaded applications, like in my case audio production software.

Are you guys getting a commission from Intel or something? Isn't this the AMD forum?
post #7 of 18
I would say get a Quad or stick to dual core (presuming you already have one)

Tri seems a bit unnecessary if you have the money to go quad. However the E8400 yeilds the best OC potential and will be better in games providing you can get the clocks that high.

However all in all i would recommend a quad, which one you want to get out of AMD/Intel is up to you.

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The quad is mostly useful for multithreaded applications, like in my case audio production software.

Are you guys getting a commission from Intel or something? Isn't this the AMD forum?

Come on man, they didn't mean it like that. Also may i remind you that:

A) The OP did mention that he was open to Intel recommendations, hence why he was considering a E8400.....

B) He wants one with the best OC potential, now I am more of an AMD fanboy than I am Intel. But you cannot deny that a Q6600 will own a Phenom in terms of OC. The Phenoms stop at about 2.8 on average don't they? Were as the Q6600 reaches about 3.6 on average.
Edited by IcedEarth - 6/7/08 at 9:50am
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post #8 of 18
Quote:
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The quad is mostly useful for multithreaded applications, like in my case audio production software.

Are you guys getting a commission from Intel or something? Isn't this the AMD forum?
Well he asked which one was better, e8400 or AMD quad.

I would go with the e8400 or even the e7200 (little cheaper), both have great OC potential.
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post #9 of 18
If you already have a dual core, stick with it, otherwise the money is better spent on a quad core. Additionally, if you already have an AMD machine and are looking to upgrade with minimal spending, spring for a Phenom X4, since that will be a much better buy than a whole Intel setup, economically speaking.
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post #10 of 18
well put Melcar. To the op, when do you plan on doing your next major upgrade (new system)? You could get a x4 for now, then build either a bulldozer or nehalem system later.
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