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September 29, 2009 3:12:01 PM

I'm finally upgrading my good old E4300 that I had overclocked from 1.8 to 2.8 Ghz.

I have an ASUS P5B Deluxe, yeah i know its old but i cant afford to change it at the moment, and I'm thinking on upgrading to one of the following Core 2 Duo.

E7200 (266 x 9.5 - Rev. M0)
E7500 (266 x 11 - Rev. R0)
E8400 (333 x 9.0 - Rev C0)

or the Core 2 Quad

E8400 (333 x 8 - Rev M0)

Thats why I can afford and I have available, and I'd only buy the E8400 (duo or quad) only if it really worth it since the price difference is high compared to the others.

Thanks a lot for your time.
September 29, 2009 3:38:12 PM

There is no E8400 Quad, do You mean Q9400? What is the rest of Your system and what do You use it for? How long do You want to keep it
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September 29, 2009 4:08:55 PM

There are Q8** series chips but general opionion is the Q9** are much better all round.

E8400 is great for gaming and overclocks well too.

What do you use your pc for mainly ? as this will sway you one way or the other (dual / quad)
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September 29, 2009 5:18:02 PM

The rest of my system is
4gb of RAM 800Mhz (4-4-4) Kingston
BFG Geforce 7800 GTX (which I plan to switch for a Radeon 4870 soon)

I use the computer for a lot of things (movies, music, internet, word processing, very casual graphics design), but I want it to work fast on games mainly, since I really dont mind waiting a couple of extra minutes for it to finish enconding videos or anything like that.

I plan to use it for as long as I can... I know I still have room for more upgrades (RAM, CPU and VGA) so I dont plan on switching the whole thing yet .

Cant afford to buy a new mobo, ddr3 ram and cpu all at the same time. So I have to replace them one by one as I sell my used stuff. :p 
September 29, 2009 5:23:38 PM

Also, I have access to the following processor as well:

C2D E7400 (266 x 10.5 - Rev. R0)

Basically the same as the 7500 by with a lower multiplier and cheaper :) 
September 29, 2009 5:40:19 PM

If You want ot keep as long as possible go for quad processor. So you are looking at Q6xxx, Q8xxx or Q9xxx processors. Depends how much you want to spend. Q9550 would be good choice followed by Q9400, then Q8400. I would probably not look at Q8300 and Q8200 as their low multiplier will limit overclocks. Another option is to get used Q6600 which would be about the same level as Q8400
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September 30, 2009 6:17:50 AM

Affordability speaking, go with the q9400. It's not as powerful as the 9550, but it has plenty of power to do essentially anything you want.
September 30, 2009 2:31:15 PM

Yes. I updated it already while I still have my e4300.

Now... I appreciate the help, but If I wrote those models, its because I can only pay those at the moment.

The Q9x's in my country go over $300 us dollars. And at the moment at most I can squeeze $220 from my pocket, which is enough for that Q8200.

So, I'm interested in going for something that i can overclock well (like the e4300) so that if i need a little extra speed I can just do that, instead of paying a lot that I cant really overclock a lot. And when I say overclock I mean the to the % diference between the max speed and the stock speed, and not only the max speed that i reach.

Also, I rather save some $$$ for a good VGA rather than spending it on a faster CPU.

Nevertheless I appreciate the help and the time you guys take to answer my quesion.

Thanks!

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September 30, 2009 3:03:22 PM
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I agree ... get an E5200 or 5300 and overclock the crap out of it - easy to get to 3.5Ghz or so on stock air ...

Spend the cash on a better graphics card.

Wait a few days while the pricing of the 5 series AMD cards sinks in.

You might be able to pickup at least a 260GTX 216 cheap (or a faster model) or possibly a 4890 or 4870 due to the price wars.

You will notice higher end graphics more as a gamer than a quad vs fast dual.

Intel's quads are not well priced yet ... might see another drop due to AMD's $99 quad which came out last week.

Shop around for prices and be a bit cautious over the next few weeks.
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September 30, 2009 4:40:56 PM

Reynod said:
I agree ... get an E5200 or 5300 and overclock the crap out of it - easy to get to 3.5Ghz or so on stock air ...

I have one (E5200) of those. Fun chip to tinker with. Another advantage is that with the relatively low bus speed, you will not need premium memory and it will leave more money to allocate to the GPU.

Over in the Overclocking|CPU forum, there's a lot of threads about the E5200
September 30, 2009 4:57:13 PM

Thanks, thats probably what I'm going to do...

Just a question:

Isnt the E5300 a 4300 with a higher multiplier? or is there something that I'm missing? I dont find it on the Core 2 Duo processor finder from the official intel webpage.

If you were to choose any of E7x's that I posted which one would you go for?

Thanks for the answers again.

I'll drop over the OC forums and give it a read.
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October 1, 2009 3:35:50 AM

Do you notice that a PentiumE6300(not Core 2 Duo E6300) performs as good as E7400 with much cheaper price?
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