I am looking to repalce my processor, I currently have a Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz processor. I am looking between the E8200 and the Q8400. I'm only looking to spend in the 100 to 150 dollar range. I will be using it to play games, photoshop, and other normal computer functions. Which processor is a better value? Are there any others that are better and fit into the price range?
If your motherboard can take a Core 2 Duo then I would say buy the E8500.
Even though it's a dual core it does AWESOME in the benchmarks thanks to its high clock rating.
I found one for $163.98
But if you really want to go with a E8400 it's a solid choice too.
(But you will likely only save like 5 - 10 bucks)
bro, i just upgraded from a Pentium 4 to a Pentium Dual Core E5300 3 weeks ago...
Dual Core E8200 or Quad Core Q8400? Both are solid choices, but it honestly depends on what games, programs and applications you are going to be running.
I upgraded only for gaming purposes, and on Left 4 Dead I get over 60 FPS and I am completely happy with that, but then I installed GTA 4 and I am stuck between 20 - 25 FPS.
So, if you use stuff that need more than Two Cores, definitely get the Quad.
The Quads are a safer bet by any standard anyway. I advise the Q9300 or the Q9400.