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March 19, 2008 2:22:08 PM

Hey,
I started to get really confused of which CPU i should buy for a gaming pc

someone said that Dual Core E2180 Box is very good for OC .. is thar right?
it costs (where i live) 112$

i wanted to buy the E8400 that costs 324$
(324-112=212$!!)

212$ of difference is a lot!

should i get E2180? is it good for gaming?

(will axept every advice)

thx

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March 19, 2008 2:40:48 PM

E6750......and no need to overclock at all if your going intel....and the price is much better than the 8400
March 19, 2008 3:13:57 PM

It depends what kind of budget you have and what you want to do with your machine.


First of all, the new 45 nanometers processors are out (or almost). And they consume less power than the old.

E8400 - 45nm, duo core. Good buy for sure, very much worth OCing as Duo cores are better at it than quads. Problem is their is a general supply gap nowadays.

Q9450 - 45nm, quad core. Also very good buy. I'm going for it, supposedly out soon. Quads offer advantages that aren't being exploited by games yet, but probably will be within a couple of years.

So if your planning on keeping your machine for the next few years, get one of these. Otherwise, go for an E6750 and change it within one year when better intel processors are out.
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March 19, 2008 3:55:45 PM

Let's say you have $400 in total for CPU + video card. With a $112 E2180 and an 8800GTS 512MB and a bit of CPU overclocking you'd have a kick-a$$ gaming machine. With a $324 E8400, even overclocked to the max, and a $76 video card, you'd be disappointed. You should spend more on the video card than the CPU if this is a gaming box.



March 19, 2008 3:59:25 PM

aevm said:
Let's say you have $400 in total for CPU + video card. With a $112 E2180 and an 8800GTS 512MB and a bit of CPU overclocking you'd have a kick-a$$ gaming machine. With a $324 E8400, even overclocked to the max, and a $76 video card, you'd be disappointed. You should spend more on the video card than the CPU if this is a gaming box.


w0w that's the same thing that i thought when i saw that cheap E2180

so should i buy this one?
March 19, 2008 4:03:03 PM

Heh... if your building a low budget type of machine, yes by all means E2180 (OC 2.8-3ghz) should be fine for gaming on a good video card.
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March 19, 2008 4:15:51 PM

Yeah, I'm voting for the E2180 too. If you have enough cash left for 2GB of RAM it should do well in lots of games.
March 19, 2008 4:28:49 PM

I personaly just build my budget gaming build around a e2180, (look at my sig.)
I made a great choice and am very happy with my decision. I have it overclocked to 3.00 GHz and i did it with just a very little bump in voltage. It performance almost as fast as a e6850! Just a little slower in gaming when compared to a e6850 because of the lower cache size.
But with the money saved, you can buy a much faster video card that will compensate.

So another vote for a e2180.

Also, look into the Gigabyte GA-p35-DS3L motherboard, I love it and its dirt cheap. (~80$) and OC's like mad!
March 19, 2008 8:29:27 PM

i can't believe that this CPU is good and it soooooo cheap comparing it to E8400 :D 

that's so cool :) 
!