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Q9400 or E8400

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July 30, 2009 7:46:15 PM

Hi I'm just ordering a new pc and i can't decide which CPU would be best.

I understand the quad would be more future proof for games as they will start to utilize all four quads but then I'm a little skeptical whether I should go for the dual core because it might run games a little better right now. I'm not very experienced at upgrading computers so I'm not to sure about upgrading in the future but it could be a possibility.

I have no intentions to overclock and I will use my pc primarily for gaming and not anything like video encoding, also they are both similarly priced.

Other specs:
4gb RAM

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July 30, 2009 8:02:33 PM

Q9400... you should oc that badboy, it runs 3.2ghz on stock settings. P5QL should have no problem handling Q9400 to 3.4ghz. but its pretty fast at stock 2.66ghz too.
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July 30, 2009 8:20:38 PM

If you're just gonna leave it at stock then get the E8400 for now. You can upgrade to a Q 9550 latter on and overclock it a little for a good performance boost.