Hey everyone....long time reader here looking for some input. I am in the process of building a new rig and have all of the parts ordered. I am building a mid-range gaming rig with a budget of about $700 (not including monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers).
After a bunch of research I decided to go with an e8400 for the cpu because I don't really multi-task and the main use of the computer will be for gaming and some school work (papers mostly). Well, now I'm thinking I should have gone the Quad core route to get some more years out of the system. I was really close to getting the Phenom II, but considered some of the Intel quads (Q6600, 9400).
What do you guys think? Should I return the 8400 and go with a quad? Thanks for your help!
Here's what I have ordered...
Intel Core 2 Duo e8400
Gigabyte UD3R mobo
Antec EA650 psu
4GB G.skill DDR2 800
XFX Radeon 4850 512mb
Antec 300 case
LG 22x DVD-R
Western Digital Caviar Black 640gb
i agree with blackpanther. the quad frenzy is anticipation of what is to come but is not here yet. the other side of it is if you can return it for a full refund, the quad may carry you over much longer. if you upgrade yearly then it is a moot point since you already have an e8400 on the way. if you intend on going 2-3 years then i say send the dual core back just in case the poor console ports require a quad core to be playable a year and a half from now.
Lol You know I just noticed I have been saying that alot lately, since switching over to this X3370 I cant believe I stuck with that Q6600 for so long. I love the chip and its a good performer, but the heat and power draw were absurd.
Got this X3370 at 3.8ghz stable at 1.26v, idles in the low 30s, hits high 30s during EQ2. That Q6600 was idling at low 40s and hitting low 50s at 3.2ghz on 1.25v, while consuming like 30W more. Its not rocket science
Yeah get the Q8200 or Q8300 if you need a budget CPU, the Q6600 really has no place in the market anymore.
I believe that you should get the quad. The quad will perform just like what you have now and will do better later on. While there wont be much of a difference, if you are feeling buyers remorse than get the quad so that you can feel better about your purchase.
Thanks for all of your input! It sounds like I should go with my gut and get a quad! So that leads me to my next question...C2Q or Phenom II?! I'm not bias either way, just want the best bang for the buck and I know AMD is good in that department, but I also know that the 9400 is very close in performance to the 940. What do you all think?
Also, I've never returned anything to Newegg. Shouldn't be a problem if I haven't opened the box, right?
Done and done! Started the RMA process for the 8400 and ordered up a Q9400 which should show up the same day as the rest of my order. I'm feeling A LOT better about my rig now!! Thanks for all your advice!