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Tomorrow is the big return day. I will be waking up in 5 hours to head up to fry's to return a faulty e8400 proc... I am now wondering if I should hold out for awhile, and keep my adorable e4300, or if I should get another e8400 (which hit 4ghz and booted in 1try), Or should I make the transition to quad core processing and pick up a q9x proc.

I guess I'm wondering... How well does the q9300 overclock? Is the multiplier locked?

How about the 9450? How is it's performance compared to the 9300, is it worth the extra $$$? Is it's multiplier locked? I'm not sure which they have in stock, but I'd like to have the knowledge on hand before I make a three hundred dollar decision
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To my understanding the multipliers are locked on all of them (I don't count being able to do 8x instead of 9x, etc). The extremes are "unlocked" in the classic sense. But also to my understanding, the Q9300 is very much worth the moneys. However, if you only game, you probably wont appreciate the Q over the E.

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7x Multi will really kill your chances of a healthy overclock that would compete with a Q6600 overclockability. I chose a Q6600 over 45nm for this reason. Unless you can afford a QX9650 (unlocked multi) 45nm should be avoided for now. Apart from the 45nm Duos like the E8400, they are fantastic.
 
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The only place where the 45nms are really worth getting (Q specifically) is if you do a lot of video encoding. The new scripts increase the encoding performance pretty nicely. But I'd say do yourself a favor, either stick with the E8400, or grab yourself a nicely priced Q6600 and be happy with it for the next year or so.
    
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I have a few suggestions

1. dont get the QX

2. if you have to get something today and you want Q go Q9550/Q6700

3. if you can wait, the Q9650 will be out in Q3

4. if you have to buy today and still want to save, E8400
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Thanks for the suggestions guys... I was wondering what I should do, you have all cleared this up for me... It's definetly going to be the 8400, it's worth the money, 4ghz will definetly get me through the next year or two, which is what I'm looking for
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Thanks for the suggestions guys... I was wondering what I should do, you have all cleared this up for me... It's definetly going to be the 8400, it's worth the money, 4ghz will definetly get me through the next year or two, which is what I'm looking for
use the xtra $ to get another 9800GTX
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I'm happy to say that my return was succesful tonight. I had to leave work an hour early to get to fry's before they closed. I got there like 20 till 9pm. Phew, picked up the new proc which was on sale for $179 INCLUDING a motherboard... so I saved 20 dollars AND came up on a new ECS motherboard. This one is working well so far.
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good to hear you got that situated keep these guys updated on your OC
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