DualCore E5200+9800GT OR Core2Duo E7400+9600GT ?

Hello guys
I was planing to buy a new PC for little gaming. Due to low budget, I am stuck between the following two choices:

1. Intel Dual Core E5200 2.5Ghz (2MB Cache, 800Mhz FSB) + EVGA GeForce 9800GT + 2GB Ram

2. Intel Core2 Duo E7400 2.8Ghz (3MB Cache, 1033 FSB) + EVGA GeForce 9600GT + 2Gb Ram.

Which one should I go for? It should be good at both gaming and general tasks.If you have any other ideas that come in the same budget, please mention them.

Thanks in advance..
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  1. Tough choices, eh? Probably the E5200 setup will serve you best. What resolution is your monitor? What mobo you planning on?

    If you are also buying a mobo, you might score an AMD/ATI config that does better for the same price.

    In any case, please give your budget for these three parts in dollars, and someone will chime in with parts and where to get them.
  2. Intel Dual Core E5200
    Asus P5KPL-CM
    Corsair 2GB 800Mhz RAM
    EVGA 9800GT 512MB DDRIII
    Simple Casing With 450Watt PSU Included

    Thats what a guy has suggested me. It all costs about $300 here in Pakistan. But I am curious about the performance of combination of E5200 and 9800GT to E7400 and 9600GT.

    I am going to stick to this system for about 2-3 years. Should I wait a bit to get some money and go for E7400+9800GT instead of the two specified?

    Later on, if I plan to upgrade my graphics card.. say to GTX250 or above.. would E5200 bottleneck it?

    And I am going to play games at a low-med resolution/setting.
  3. I would recommend the E5200 and 9800GT because the E5200 can overclock easily and well. Depending on your ambient temperature, you should be able to OC it well enough with the stock cooler.
  4. If you want to stick to intel: go for E5200+9800GT if you're an OCer; if not, save more money for the E7400+9800GT combo, or better, go AMD if you can..It'll provide more performance for your money at stock speeds.
    One more thing: I'm worried about the generic PSU included in the case..It might harm your GFX card and/or other H/W. What amperage does its 12v rail have?
  5. Twoboxer said:
    I would recommend the E5200 and 9800GT because the E5200 can overclock easily and well. Depending on your ambient temperature, you should be able to OC it well enough with the stock cooler.


    Thanks for the suggestion
  6. avatar_raq said:
    If you want to stick to intel: go for E5200+9800GT if you're an OCer; if not, save more money for the E7400+9800GT combo, or better, go AMD if you can..It'll provide more performance for your money at stock speeds.
    One more thing: I'm worried about the generic PSU included in the case..It might harm your GFX card and/or other H/W. What amperage does its 12v rail have?


    I have no idea. What should it be?
  7. I'd still go E5200 + 9800GT anyway. I don't have any E7400 benchmarks on hand, but have these:

    E5200 + GTS250
    3D Mark 06 11,098
    PC Mark 05 6,944

    E5200 @ 3.5GHz + GTS250
    3D Mark 06 13,876
    PC Mark 05 8,659

    E7200 + 9600GT (not quite a E7400 + 9600GT combo)
    3D Mark 06 9,732
    PC Mark 05 7,031

    E7300 + HD3870 (again, not quite your set up)
    3D Mark 06 10,471
    PC Mark 05 6,921

    E7200 @ 3.1GHz + 9600GT
    3D mark 06 10,433
    no PC Mark 05 record - sorry.

    Well, that's about all I've got in the spreadsheet close to what you're looking at. Usefull?

    For gaming I think you'll do better with the 9800GT and with general tasks you won't notice any difference between the two processors, unless your general tasks are running synthetics all day long :D
  8. Get Pentium(NOT Core 2 Duo) E6300@2.8GHz! The price of it is very close to that of the E5200 with performance being almost the same as E7400.

    The Pentium E6300's specification is the same as E7400 except for 1MB cache less. However, E6300 comes with virtualization technology which is not offered by E7400. The virtualization technology will give you better performance in the latest Microsoft OS, the Windows 7. You can compare them using the following links!

    Pentium E6300
    http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SLGU9

    Core 2 Duo E7400
    http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SLB9Y

    " Pentium E6300 + GTS250 " kills E7400+9600GT with its price being approximately the same as E5200+9800GT
  9. E6300 is $26 less than E7400 at newegg now. However, it's also $22 more than the E5200.
  10. I have an e7200 overclocked to 3.8 mhz and a 9800 GT Overclocked to 730mhz shader clock 1800mhz and 1100 mhz memory
    I get 14040 3d mark 06
    Everything works great even in 1680 * 1050
    I do have 3rd party coolers for both
  11. The TDP, VID and Core stepping for E7400 and E6300 are the same. Hence, their OC ability are exactly the same! Thus, it will definitely outperform the E7200.
  12. #1 for sure
  13. WJohn said:
    I have no idea. What should it be?

    nVIDIA recommwnds at least 24A on the 12v rails combined for the 9800GT..Both 9800 and 9600 GT require a good PSU..Buy something 400-500w from FSP, seasonic, corsiar or antec to be on the safe side..Never save on the PSU.
  14. 1) so long as you are gonna overclock that CPU.
  15. Go E5200 OC to 3.6G + 9600GT. Run cool, perform sweet and Save $. You will like it
  16. WJohn said:
    Hello guys
    I was planing to buy a new PC for little gaming. Due to low budget, I am stuck between the following two choices:

    1. Intel Dual Core E5200 2.5Ghz (2MB Cache, 800Mhz FSB) + EVGA GeForce 9800GT + 2GB Ram

    2. Intel Core2 Duo E7400 2.8Ghz (3MB Cache, 1033 FSB) + EVGA GeForce 9600GT + 2Gb Ram.

    Which one should I go for? It should be good at both gaming and general tasks.If you have any other ideas that come in the same budget, please mention them.

    Thanks in advance..



    dude u better go with the option E5200+9600GT if u dont know about your psu

    as cook said Run it cool and healthy and save your money with that 450w psu


    if u want to go for 9800gt then mostly you have to upgrade your psu for corsair cx400w

    which crosses your budget(since it has a 30A rating on its 12v rail it supports many gpu's till gts250 with some headroom)
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