The titles says it all. Just when i was about to purchase the E8400, 4GB of Kingston ValueRAM and the Gigabyte G41M-ES2L mobo for $313 altogether at my local Frys Electonics, i suddenly had a change of heart after laying my eyes on the price tag of the Q9550. So i didn't buy anything, instead I drove home and thinked about this Q9550 deal allot because of how cheap it gotten. They were selling it for $224, i guess the Phenom II X4 955 brought down the price with the on going price war between AMD and Intel. I never knew about these price reductions. Thank god for AMD/ATI lol.
So what setup would be beter for gaming; here are my two options, and my budget is $330. I'm asumming there is a $10 tax to each of these items here, so i added $10 to the cost of each item here.
...and a couple of more questions is the Q9550 beter clock for clock then the Phenom II X4 955? And is the Q9550 just two E8400's mushed together, it looks like it. And If i go the Q9550 route I would be running it with 2GB of DDR2 800 Ram that i already got. So would the Q9550 work well with 2GB of DDR2 800 ram? Like can i overclock it to 3.0GHz with this cheap ram and this Gigabyte G41 mobo, if not then the stock 2.8GHz is just fine.
Heres what my setup look like if i go with the Q9550 cpu:
2GB(2x1GB) of DDR2 800 (already got this)
ATI Radeon HD 4890 (already got this)
Gigabyte G41M-ES2L Mobo
I wouldn't waste my time or money on a dual core any more. I have that processor and I love it. With the right DDR2 800 memory you can get it running at around 1000 with no voltage increases. Check out neweggs pricing.