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What's the best value processor?

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?
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  1. are you sure ur board can support 45nm?
  2. xaira said:
    are you sure ur board can support 45nm?

    Is he sure his board can support C2D / C2Q????
  3. It's either a 478 or 775. If you can check the model number and it has 3.2F on it then you should be ok to upgrade to some lower end core 2, but I doubt both mentioned cpu's are possible.
  4. To answer your question we really need to know what motherboard you have. If you don't know then tell us who made your computer and what model it is.

    For Example:
    Dell Dimension 5400
    or
    HP 7620
    (OR whatever it is)
  5. 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)
  6. The motherboard that I have is a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR. It supports both the 45nm technology as well as both dual and quad-core.
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    waw, ive never seen an intel board that can actually support every 775 cpu ever made, straight up to qx9770, im impressed

    between the 2 you choose, i would go with the q8400, but if you can get $10 you can go for the q9400 which you would most likely be happier with in the long run.
  8. 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.

    Good luck.
  9. I ended up going with the Q9550, I found it way cheap at Micro Center, actually cheaper than I could find the Q9400! Thanks for all of the responses!
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