Planning on building a new pc pretty soon, but I am having trouble deciding what CPU to get. At first I was thinking an E7200. The E7200 only has 3mb cache though which makes me think the E8400 would be a better choice. At that price point though, would it make sense to go quad core? Seems to me that the E8400 would be faster
Whatever I get, I plan on throwing a big Zalman cooler on it and OC'in it quite a bit.
Just looking for some opinions, thanks for lookin.
It also comes down to what you'll be using the machine for. If it's mainly for gaming, the higher speed dual core will be better in the short term, but as dokk2 said, more and more apps will be taking advantage of quad cores in the (hopefully) near future.
Newegg has open box retail/ OEM Q6600s (SLACR) for $159/$149 respectively. Even if you can only get 3.2 -3.4 ghz from an OC you won't notice any real world performance advantage from an E8400 at 4ghz. A lot of E8400s struggle to get over 3.8ghz so I am seeing even less reason to go with a dual core at this point.
It depends on what you use it for. I'm sure everyone knows. I built an E6550, E7200, and Q6600 all with 2-4 GB ram. No OC and nothing heavy just regular usage and there is absolutely no difference using Win Xp 32. Don't waste money if you just surf and check email and do online stuff. Gaming and Scientific computing are different though. Doing heavy numerical computing with large models, I find the E9XX to be a real improvement over E7200.