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Hey all,

Just recently upgraded to a GTX 260, and I think my CPU is bottle necking me (it's at 3.0, but still). Are there any benchmarks that can narrow this down?

With that in mind, what is my best option when the intel refresh rolls around on the 19th. Go for the newly cheaper e5200, the e5300, or try for a cheap e84xx?

I know my P5Q can do up to 430 FSB no sweat, and the p45's usually make 500 without problems, so the e5200 definetely looks attractive, but will the 2mb cache kill me in games?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 18
e5200 best bang for the buck! also the gigabyte ep45 ud3r boards for sure.
 
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I haven't seen any indication that the cache sizes over 2Mb make any difference. It seems like the faster your RAM is the less difference the cache makes. For better or worse the hardware is advancing at a pace that software can't keep up with by current methods.
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post #4 of 18
cant go wrong with the 8400
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post #5 of 18
CAnt go wrong with basically any penryn. But imo the E5200 would be the best bang for buck.
post #6 of 18
Go here I just did a post about this sort of thing.
http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...overclock.html

PS. you don't NEED to overclock but it helps get you moneys worth.
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Hey all,

Just recently upgraded to a GTX 260, and I think my CPU is bottle necking me (it's at 3.0, but still). Are there any benchmarks that can narrow this down?

With that in mind, what is my best option when the intel refresh rolls around on the 19th. Go for the newly cheaper e5200, the e5300, or try for a cheap e84xx?

I know my P5Q can do up to 430 FSB no sweat, and the p45's usually make 500 without problems, so the e5200 definetely looks attractive, but will the 2mb cache kill me in games?

Thanks!
I would say the E8400 has 6mb cache, and it costs $160. Since you opted for the GTX 260, I don't see the trouble in that. Three times the L2 cache. You can overclock it to about 3.5Ghz I am told. It is not a huge price gap anyway...

Here is a link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037
    
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post #8 of 18
i like the e7300 for budget systems
post #9 of 18
The e5200 or if you can spare the extra cash get an E8400
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post #10 of 18
My 2 Cents.
Xeon 4310 server chip same specs as E8400. Possibly runs a bit cooler overclocked.Bought one ebay new 150.00 Shipped.Waiting for a biostar TP 45 to put it into and compare it to my friends E8400.
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