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So, I've been noticing my E4300 even at 3.375GHz isn't quite up to snuff. It gets full pretty quickly, and for somebody like me, who does a lot of Photoshopping + ImageReady while simultaneously having like 6 HTML files up on Notepad2 and on OCN to ask a question while listening to music (multitasking.. and thats when I'm not watching a tv show or movie in the background or something else)

So is it time to upgrade?

I was just in a thread where somebody linked This

And the E4300 isn't even on it.. lol.

And if it is time to upgrade, what should I upgrade to? A high end Dual, or maybe a simple Q6600.

I don't want to go over 300 dollars really.. thoughts?
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115017 if you ask me its the nicest for now!And with some good cooling you could OC it alot...btw i shure would love an e4300 xD
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post #3 of 31
its really not enough?? seems to me it should be plenty but if its not i guess i would grab an E7200
    
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My choices:

E7200, E8400, Q9300

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if you dont want to spend more than 300 bucks, a q6600 does wonders. i do plenty of photoshop and this quad is perfect. plus it is dirt cheap after all the price drops.
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Yea, I'm feeling the Q6600.. for 200 bucks you cant really go wrong.

Yea, for some reason its been having some issues recently.

like the other day, I was ONLY listening to itunes and playing WoW and it was jumping between 95 and 100% and was stuttering.

I think the E4300 is the weakest piece of my system.. the 8800GTS is still holding up well enough and I'm working with 4GB of RAM..
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Not too jack the thread...But do you read the newegg review? look at what this idiot wroteros: Runs great, Sails through everything I toss at it. Great temps with TEC water cooling.

Cons: NOT QUAD CORE!... Not sure why they are calling it this, only 2 Levls of cache.. Not a True Quad core CPU at all, its the Dual core pretending to be a Quad.

Other Thoughts: Still runs fast at least. Probably end up returning this and going AMD since theirs is a True Quad Core, Love both brands though.

*** is he thinking???lol
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CudaBoy71 View Post
Not too jack the thread...But do you read the newegg review? look at what this idiot wroteros: Runs great, Sails through everything I toss at it. Great temps with TEC water cooling.

Cons: NOT QUAD CORE!... Not sure why they are calling it this, only 2 Levls of cache.. Not a True Quad core CPU at all, its the Dual core pretending to be a Quad.

Other Thoughts: Still runs fast at least. Probably end up returning this and going AMD since theirs is a True Quad Core, Love both brands though.

*** is he thinking???lol
Technically he is right and is just trying to show off that he knows some info on Intel's "quad" core processors. Intel's quads are actually two duos slapped together and are not true quads like AMD's Phenoms are, but it really doesn't matter, I've heard (just heard) that if they were true quads, then you would get a 1%-2% performance increase. Correct me if I'm wrong though
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I understand that..But AMD???LOL
    
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