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HEy, i was just wondering what cpu would be better for gaming, im not that into multitasking etc etc, and i wanted to get the quad core q9550, i currently have the E8400. All i want to know, what cpu would be better for general high demanding gaming, and also, i dont want to be overclocking (much ), i just want to know, which would be better, The E8400 @ 3.00GHz stock, or the Q9550 @ 3.0GHz Oc from 2.83GHz.

Q9550
# Core: Quad Core
# L2 Cache Size: 12 MB
# Front Side Bus Speed: 1333 MHz
# Manufacturing Technology: 45 nm
# Socket: LGA775

E8400
# Core: Dual Core
# L2 Cache Size: 6 MB
# Front Side Bus Speed: 1333 MHz
# Manufacturing Technology: 45 nm
# Socket: LGA775


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Originally Posted by reprisal View Post
HEy, i was just wondering what cpu would be better for gaming, im not that into multitasking etc etc, and i wanted to get the quad core q9550, i currently have the E8400. All i want to know, what cpu would be better for general high demanding gaming, and also, i dont want to be overclocking (much ), i just want to know, which would be better, The E8400 @ 3.00GHz stock, or the Q9550 @ 3.0GHz Oc from 2.83GHz.


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From what you said about what you want to use the CPU for (gaming), stick with what you have for now. Just OC the E8400 to 3.8GHz (easy to do) and use it until it doesnt meet your expectations for gaming.

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If you already have the E8400 I would keep it. You will not see any benefit from the Q9550 except in a small handful of games, and the benefit is not massive.

You should be able to at least do 3.6-3.8ghz on the E8400 though and I encourage you to do so. Its very easy.
    
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Q9550 @ 3Ghz no doubt. You've gotta double the cache as well and 2 more cores if you ever decide to play a game while running other apps in the background However, if you ever decide to oc, the E8400 will oc more, upwards of ~4Ghz on air cooling which will give more performance in games that aren't quad core optimization. Games that are quad core optimized are Supreme Commander, UT3, FC2, GTAIV and Lost Planet
    
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yer i had my e8400 @ 3.8GHz but it made cod4 unstable, idk why, and also for getting the quad core for future, when games utalize 4 cores ( i heard that gta4 uses all 4 cores) and i dont want to get i7 because i would have to splurge out on a new motherboard and ram.
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Originally Posted by reprisal View Post
yer i had my e8400 @ 3.8GHz but it made cod4 unstable, idk why, and also for getting the quad core for future, when games utalize 4 cores ( i heard that gta4 uses all 4 cores) and i dont want to get i7 because i would have to splurge out on a new motherboard and ram.
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whats ur cooler ?
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ok i put up my spex, cpu cooler is Thermaltake Big Typhoon


Just letting you guys know, money isnt really a problem for this *cpu*
Edited by reprisal - 12/13/08 at 10:16am
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Even so, I don't think its worth it. Processors will only get cheaper if you change your mind in a few months time.
    
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Originally Posted by BigFan View Post
Q9550 @ 3Ghz no doubt. You've gotta double the cache as well and 2 more cores if you ever decide to play a game while running other apps in the background :
There is no cache advantage like the i7. It's not really double, 12mb is mostly marketing. Each dual core is still only using 6mb, just like an E8x00.
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