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Intel Quad Q9550 or Duo E8600?

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October 13, 2008 11:24:26 PM

I need a little help. I'm building a new computer and my last one is more than 4 yrs old. I do a lot of converting of dvd's etc with some gaming on the side. Is quad core really worth the difference or will the duo be able to handle everything I want to do? I did a search and pretty much everything out there is when 45nm was first released and the prices reflected but now that they have come down quite a bit on the quad core are they now worth it?

October 13, 2008 11:45:52 PM

Ofcourse 10 posts down is the exact same question from bigpympin.....looks like the E8500 is a winner all around.
October 13, 2008 11:59:36 PM

Not really.
If you are mostly converting DVDs with gaming on the side, the Quads are better since that software is normally quad-core optmized.

Most stuff if not quad core optmized so Duals win, but for quad core optmized software quads are much faster.

I would go quad w/o a doubt.
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October 14, 2008 4:32:19 AM

Bang for buck I'd say e8500 is hard to beat.
I've had good good luck wt a q9300 for 7 months now at 3.5 stock voltage.
q9400 might be an option. little less change than the q9550
pro: all Q9400 have new RO stepping 8x multi
about 50 bucks less than the Q9550
con: half the cache of the q9550
October 14, 2008 3:13:36 PM

Dual cores are half the cost, overclock more and own in games. Unless you run alot of multithreaded apps, go dual core. e5200 is under $100 for an easy ~3.5GHz max overclock.
October 14, 2008 3:20:28 PM

Im a fan of dual over quad due to lower cost, lower power, higher overclock. Quads will be good in the future.