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Q6600 vs q9400 vs q8300. Which to choose?

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February 6, 2009 1:32:38 AM

Basically looking for the best bang for your buck deal. So far I'm leaning towards the q8300. It's 2.5ghz and has a 1333mhz FSB where as the q6600 has 1066mhz. I was looking at the L2 cache and the q8300's is lower than the other one's, is this a big deal? Also keep in mind that I'm not gonna OC because I'm not good with computers.

Obviously the q9400 is the best one out of the 3 but it's also expensive for my budget, would the q8300 be a good choice?

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February 6, 2009 1:43:07 AM

Yes, go with the Q8300.
February 6, 2009 1:57:16 AM

I just noticed there's q9300. Would this be a better choice than the q8300?
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February 6, 2009 2:00:28 AM

Better for gaming yes, larger L2. But I think its actually been discontinued. The Q9400 is only $230 though.
February 6, 2009 2:06:31 AM has it. The q9400 is expensive though, but if it really is a huge difference I can try to get it. That's what I wanna know, if the performance is really a big difference.
February 6, 2009 2:24:17 AM

performance between the Q9300 and Q9400 is negligible, the price is the bigger determining factor.

I see microcenter has the Q9300 for $180, just grab that.
February 6, 2009 2:42:03 AM

Alright thanks spathotan, anyone else care to comment? Just want a few more opinions.
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February 6, 2009 4:56:49 AM

q9300 is the best choice out of those cpus
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February 6, 2009 7:23:32 AM

Again, Q9300
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February 6, 2009 4:18:44 PM

Check Microcenter- I just bought a Q9400 there for $180.

The Q9400 has a multiplier of 8, so I'm hoping to get 3.2 to 3.4GHz pretty easily.
June 22, 2009 6:07:37 PM

One difference is that the Q8200 doesn't have Intel VT support, so you won't be able to run 64-bit VMs. But for most people that's either a showstopper or not even remotely an issue, adn nothing in between.
June 22, 2009 6:11:37 PM

er... 8x00