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I don't plan on upgrading to Nehalem until probably 2012 or so. If I planned on going to Nehalem any sooner, I might as well just wait until Q2 or Q3 next year and build a Nehalem-based rig.
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If you're on a budget, you might want to try AMDs 5000+ Black Edition.
    
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Technically, everyone building a rig is on a budget. I'm trying my best to stay under $1500, but I'm willing to spend as much as $2000. I'm getting as much feedback as I can here before I splurge on any item.

And now that you mention it, I probably should have researched AMD processors a little more. I'm seeing Windsor core processors for less than what I spend on my E8400. I should have checked to see how well they overclock because they probably could have been better, especially for the money. It's a little late now after having purchased my processor already.
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E8400, or Q6600 IMHO.
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Just got my E8400 and it improved the performance of every single one of my games.

Before the 8400 I had to run Company of Heroes at the lowest setting. Now I can use full graphic levels and still have a respectable load time.

Running at 3.00ghz right now I'm going to do the whole trial and error thing on the voltages to get 4.00ghz.
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The E8500 is the best gaming CPU without going into "extreme" CPUs.
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post #67 of 71
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How much higher is the OC ceiling on an E8500, though? It's probably a better processor since it comes with a higher stock multiplier, but I don't think that justifies the $80 difference. An OEM E8500 would probably be the best deal, though.

I already took the plunge winning an eBay auction last night. Landed an E8400 for $167.70 shipped. I can't say I regret it quite yet, though I wish I thoroughly researched AMD dual-core processors before making a decision.
post #68 of 71
At this point I would say that Intel is winning the CPU market, AMD has some work to do before catching up. I'd say you won't regret your "hasty" purchase.
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post #69 of 71
AMD new Quad Core use L3 Cache this is the same a the new Intel series socket 1366 so really AMD are ahead but for performance Intel still have the highest clocks and better L2 Cache even a E7200 will out perform a 6400 X2 weird but ture check google.
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i had a q6600 @ 3.9, i just got a e8400 have it @ 4.1 and it blows the quad away. 3d marks aren't so good. with the quad i scored up the 19-20 depending on OS. i have both (xp and vista drives and use a bootloader) with the e8400 im around the high 18k. but in games is where i see the big difference. my games run alot smoother. i play on 1900x1200 hanns g 28' monitor .. games like AOC, COD4, assasin's creed, and even wow .. all now play alot smoother. i could still go higher on the clocks aswell but need better ram..lol.

hope this helps with your decision. from a previous q6600 go stepping owner... i love this e8400 cpu . for games i'm so glad i took the chance on it.
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