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E6300/6400 vs. Pentium D 945

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Anonymous
February 14, 2007 10:38:05 PM

Hi, im building a new pc and have already spent a reasonable amount of money on it. the specs are this so far

Sata II Seagate 320gb and 250gb Hardrives
Blue Orb II Heat Sink
Asus P5B Deluxe WiFi
LG 18x DVD Burner
Leadtech 7950GT 512 Gfx Card
Thermaltake 750W Power supply

the original CPU that i looked at was the Pentium D 945 3.4Ghz Dual Core which i can pick up for around $229 Aus Dollars. howwever my supplier has sold out and this prompted me to have a look around while i was waiting.

after looking at a few prices etc, i can get the Core 2 Duo E6300 for $261 and teh E6400 for $319 (both Aus Dollars).

My question is this, i am basically building a pc that is predomintaely for high end gaming and am wondering which chip will benefit me the most and also be the most cost effective. is the E6400 worth the extra $90?

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February 14, 2007 10:41:26 PM

If you can afford it the E6400 is worth the extra $90. Higher multi so you'll be able to oc higher, and its faster then the E6300, so thats obviously good.
February 14, 2007 10:44:04 PM

Here's a review comparing the E6300 with D945:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core2duo-e...

With the P5B Deluxe, you can easily reach speeds in excess of 3GHz with both the E6300 and E6400. The main difference is that you'll need better memory with the E6300 because the P5B can't use memory ratios lower than 1:1. Another interesting choice might be the E4300 which has a 9X multiplier.
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Anonymous
February 14, 2007 10:48:17 PM

dude, thats awesome. ive been looking for a review like that all morning! so now my next question is, how far ahead of the E6300 is the E6400? do you think its worth the extra dough?
Anonymous
February 14, 2007 11:14:23 PM

im thinking of going with the E6400 now, ive already got my heatsink which is the blue orb II, the problem is after looking on their site im not quite sure if it will fit the motherboard i have listed above which i also have already purchased.....
February 14, 2007 11:17:38 PM

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Hmm... from here:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core2duo-s...

The E6400 is a little bit ahead in games. If you plan to overclock, I would probably go with the E6300 and use the savings on a better heatsink.


Or buy an e6300 and use the extra cash versus the e6400 to get better memory?

Just about all the E6xxx chips overclock like heck... Is Intel even binning these darn things? - as far as I can tell your max OC varries very little from the 6300 to the 6400 assuming your memory can handle the really fast speeds and your mobo can do a heavy duty FSB speed
Anonymous
February 14, 2007 11:27:31 PM

yeah thats prolly not a bad idea..... ive already got a stick of 512 of a mate for $50 just to get me going then i can save for like 2gb. this thing will take up to 8gb lol. no idea what you would want 8gb of ram for... thanx for your help anyway.
February 15, 2007 4:16:39 AM

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My question is this, i am basically building a pc that is predomintaely for high end gaming and am wondering which chip will benefit me the most and also be the most cost effective. is the E6400 worth the extra $90?


No.

OC the E6300, better still wait for the E6320 out soon.

I forget how many times I've said that :) 
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