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November 26, 2008 3:03:56 PM

Hey Guys,

I was looking through the benchmarks and i need to decide on a proc for my needs. I will be gaming primarily, and i want it to rock on fallout3, WoW, Supreme Commander, and Starcraft 2 when it comes out.

I am building a small form factor PC with the following components:

AeroCool M40 MATX Cube Case - Black
GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX
nvidia 9600gt
4gigs of ram
XP 32bit

I am trying to fina a proc and i am coming up to a a decision:

Core 2 Duo E8600 Dual Core $269.00


Core 2 Q9550 Quad Core $319.99 (this is my price cap)

Heat will be a big issue in this case, as you see.

What would you guys suggest?

or scrap the project and use different parts?

ANY input appreciated!!

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November 26, 2008 3:31:38 PM

If only gaming, get the dual core. E8500 or E8600.
Heat "could" be an issue, but it does have room for 3 fans (I'm guess 80mm). I think you're bigger issue could be if the 9600GT can fit in the case, especially if it has power inputs on the end of the card.
November 26, 2008 3:48:02 PM

Yeah, for gaming would go with the dual.

However, there's not a whole lot of difference between the 8400, 8500, and 8600... priced at $165, $188, and $270 respectively. You should be able to overclock all of them to 4Ghz without too much hassle... so spending 40% more on a chip that's 10% higher clocked than the lower one seems a questionable value.
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November 26, 2008 6:42:37 PM

awesome, any other ideas, im new a OCing, is there a good guide on how to do it for those dual intel models?

Also the gcard does have power at the tip, do you think itll fit?
November 26, 2008 6:50:28 PM

definitely go for the e8xxx series. Instead of overclocking, trying running at stock speeds and undervolting.
November 26, 2008 7:09:39 PM

I would spend less on that CPU and get a better GPU. That 9600GT will struggle with Fallout 3.
November 26, 2008 7:29:30 PM

^Ditto. The extra money you pay for the E8600 over the E8500 is not worth it.
Use that and upgrade to an 8800 and you should be good.
November 26, 2008 7:36:04 PM

Get the E8500 and OC it.
November 26, 2008 8:54:27 PM

alright awesome suggestions!

so changing to:

AeroCool M40 MATX Cube Case - Black
DFI LP JR P45-T2RS LGA 775 Intel P45 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

would you recommend 8800 gts, gtx, or gt? any specific model (barring not outrageously priced) ?

November 26, 2008 9:23:08 PM

HD 4850.
November 27, 2008 3:10:14 AM

With considerations of overclocking your 8500, and that case, you might want to lean with a 4850 that has a dual slot cooler. The reference design just pumps heat all over the case.