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I currently have an E7200. While it's still a great processor, I can already feel that it's starting to creak in certain games that stress all four cores, like GTA4 and Bad Company 2, for example. I can only imagine that video games will be more multi-threaded in the years to come.

I don't want to upgrade to a completely new platform because I just bought this LGA775 motherboard recently to replace my old Intel board (which unfortunately fried last summer). I have all of this DDR2 RAM that I have bought over they years as well, and I don't want to toss that all out just yet.

Additionally, I'm also waiting until Haswell/Rockwell is released within the next three or four years or so. Is the Q8300 a good stopgap upgrade until that time? Or should I just stick with the E7200 for the time being?
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If you have no desire to overclock, then the Q8300 is a good/cheap chip. It's essentially two E5200's on one chip. They hit an FSB wall around ~350-360Mhz. The E5200's were good because you could go as high as 12.5 on the multiplier. That's over 4Ghz (My E5200 could hit 3.8Ghz) of possibility. On the Q8300, you can't go higher than a 7.5 multiplier, that's a mere 2.6-2.7Ghz.

I would still opt for a Q9XXX series though. Faster base clock, higher FSB wall & more cache.

But if you're going to spend that much money, why not go Sandy Bridge? I got an i5 2500K, 1155 Mobo & 4GB PC3-1600 RAM for $300 after rebates.
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no no way q8300 is not good less cache memory it will suffer in gaming performance....at least get a decent quad like q9550 its still pretty powerfull for a quad core and overclocks well too+ has larger cache....
don't think about q8300.....and my above suggestion holds goods if u r not doing complete overhaul of ur rig....
if u r upgrading completely then i would reccomend a sb i5 rig....otherwise the best cost effective upgrade for u is q9550 quad......
+ for gaming upgrade ur gpu too to something like hd6850 or gtx 460...else if u r on strict budget gts450/gtx 260 and hd5770 are also good options.....
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no no way q8300 is not good less cache memory it will suffer in gaming performance....at least get a decent quad like q9550 its still pretty powerfull for a quad core and overclocks well too+ has larger cache....
don't think about q8300.....and my above suggestion holds goods if u r not doing complete overhaul of ur rig....
if u r upgrading completely then i would reccomend a sb i5 rig....otherwise the best cost effective upgrade for u is q9550 quad......
I agree with this, especially if you get one cheaper on eBay. With that chip you're just about maxing out the platform. You'll get more longevity out of it as well.
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I've also been thinking about getting a Q9505 (clocked at 2.83GHz, with 6mb of cache), but it costs nearly $240. I can get a Q8300 for $90 less...

I am confident that I can sell my E7200 should I decide to upgrade. It's probably worth at least $70-$80.

Hmmm. I'll give it some more thought. Thank you all for the suggestions.
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I've also been thinking about getting a Q9505 (clocked at 2.83GHz, with 6mb of cache), but it costs nearly $240. I can get a Q8300 for $90 less...

I am confident that I can sell my E7200 should I decide to upgrade. It's probably worth at least $70-$80.

Hmmm. I'll give it some more thought. Thank you all for the suggestions.
If you go for Q9550 you`ll get stuck @ 3.4GHz as your P43 mobo usually hits the FSB wall arund 400MHz FSB with a C2Q..

You should have that FSB in mind if you go with Q8300 as it as 7.5x multi (400x 7.5= 3GHz)..

Still Q8300 is cheap and when OC`d would perform better in multithreaded games than E7200..

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I would look around see if you can get a used q6600 in the forums, the Q6600 overclocked will perform much better than any 8XXX chip because of the extra catch (it has 8mb).

You can also overclock a G0 q6600 much higher than an q8300.
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^ due to improvements in the q9550 it will be much better....
and mainly in games......so many times i have seen people get these low end quads and then regret later...
its better to invest in decent proccy than getting a low end proccy for less...
coz from now on more and more apps and games will begin supporting quads(for eg the upcoming game bulletstorm recommends a quad core)so it will be difficult for slow quads to deliever adequate performance.......
to the op please try to get a second hand q9550 if u can its ur best bet....
and even if u hit fsb wall at 3.4ghz that proccy will still be very fast at 3.4ghz......

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I've checked some of the prices for a Q9550 on eBay. I'll give it some more thought, but if I can snag one for less than $150, then I will.

I'm personally a guy that runs everything stock, and I honestly don't even know how to overclock, so the overclockability of a chip is not under consideration when I buy CPUs...
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then def try to get q9550 and don't be shy to ask, overclocking ain't that difficult if u follow some basic precautionary measures.....
and btw there are tons of q9550 users on ocn u will get help no problem......
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