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E7600 or Q8400

Total: 12 votes (2 blank votes)

  • E7600
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  • Q8400
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  • E8400
  • 40 %
October 17, 2009 5:10:40 PM

Hi all

My specs, first of all

C2D E6400 (oc'ed at 2.56)
Asus P5B (P965 chipset)
ATi 4850
2 GB RAM (5300@667 MHz)
Corsair 450 W PSU

I was thinking of making a new i7+5850 system (or some high end AM3 system), but then I decided to wait a bit and save my money, since all I really want to play is Dragon Age. But if I want to enjoy it, I really need to change my cpu.

The one in the poll are within my budget. Let me explain my choices.

E7600: High frequency and with an FSB of 1066 (which is what my mobo supports natively; 1333 is only beta supported)
Q8400: Decent quad in my budget, decent frequency, I think I will be happy with it at the moment
E8400: same price as Q8400 (in Greece at least) and tested quality dual core

The last two may not work with my mobo, even though the ASUS support site says that they are beta supported with the latest BIOS (the E7600 is also beta supported but not for FSB reasons).

The resolution I play games at is 1440x900, and I am already pretty happy with playing games at mostly high (some medium) with 30-60 fps, depending on the game.

So any suggestions and technical info on what problems I may have with my mobo will be greatly appreciated.

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October 17, 2009 5:20:12 PM

i wouldn't upgrade if i were you, the small change youl'l see from upgrading the processer isn't worth the money.
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October 17, 2009 5:27:15 PM

Overclock more, or buy a e3200 and overclock it. I have e3200 3.8 on stock cooling.
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October 18, 2009 7:38:17 AM

I can't overclock more. Maybe this cpu isn't good enough, maybe I did something wrong but 2.56 is my ceiling for a prime95 stable overclock. The voltage is already too high. And I don't think I want a celeron. It would sound like a downgrade.

Keeping it seems reasonable only if I am able to play Dragon Age on decent setting (mostly high, some medium).

Any other suggestions.
October 18, 2009 7:53:15 AM

get the e8400 and oc it.
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October 18, 2009 9:17:52 AM

No reason to upgrade to any of the listed CPU with i5 being so cheap.

IMO, the best upgrade for you is a decent HSF that will allow you to OC it to 3GHz.

Check:
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2
+
Arctic Silver 5

Freezer7pro is very good and the best bang for the buck for i7-8xx, i5-750 and Core2Duo. In fact, it is also good for the very hot i7-9xx at stock speed. Besides, it has universal socket and hence you don't need to buy a new HSF if you want to upgrade to a 1366/1156/AM2/AM2+/AM3 socket CPU later on.
October 18, 2009 9:48:38 AM

I have the Xigmatek 1283. It's a brilliant cooler. It's my mobo and my CPU that don't let me overclock any more. My voltage is around 1.4 in BIOS and 1.35 in cpu-z (with vdroop in the play). I don't want to even think about overclocking it any more since with this voltage the pc freezes if I oc it to 2.6.

Doesn't anyone have anything to say about the FSB problem I described in the starting post? How much of a problem will it be having a 1333 FSB cpu in a mobo that only beta supports 1333 MHz?
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October 18, 2009 9:52:42 AM

carpenter20m said:
I have the Xigmatek 1283. It's a brilliant cooler. It's my mobo and my CPU that don't let me overclock any more. My voltage is around 1.4 in BIOS and 1.35 in cpu-z (with vdroop in the play). I don't want to even think about overclocking it any more since with this voltage the pc freezes if I oc it to 2.6.

Doesn't anyone have anything to say about the FSB problem I described in the starting post? How much of a problem will it be having a 1333 FSB cpu in a mobo that only beta supports 1333 MHz?

OCing potential varies from chips to chips even they are the exactly same model. You might be an unlucky buyer who got an extremely bad chip......
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October 18, 2009 10:02:49 AM

By the way, you should be fine with anything under 1.5V if your E6400 is B2 Core stepping.

E6400 B2 Core stepping
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October 18, 2009 12:27:55 PM

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Not all 965 chipsets support 45nm cpu's. Make sure you check.

I was able to overclock my E6300 (the old 1.86ghz 65nm model) to 3.45ghz on stock voltage with my P965.

Really?! What HSF did you use? Don't tell me it was with water cooling......
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October 18, 2009 12:31:46 PM

Freezer 7 pro?!!!!!! Is it better than the freezer 7 xtreme?
October 18, 2009 12:34:07 PM

I guess my CPU doesn't like me all that much, considering my minimal overclocking. And the ASUS website says that my mobo supports every single socket 775 processor out there, be it 65 or 45 nm.

But I don't think 1.325 is stock voltage. To be honest I thought 1.225 was stock voltage, but we have different processors, so who knows. And I don't feel like searching around google right now to find out (I can easily be wrong about this, to be honest).

zipzoomflyhigh, what kind of mobo did you have? Did it support 1333 FSB?
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October 18, 2009 12:36:55 PM

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No the extreme should be much better. The freezer 7 pro is like 3 years old.

but I heard many peoples said that freezer xtreme is lame, whereas, the 7 pro is recommended by many peoples.
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October 18, 2009 12:45:41 PM

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actually I've never heard of the extreme and I cant find it on neweggs website.

Personally I'd recommend a cooler with a 120mm fan not a 92mm fan.

Freezer XTREME Rev.2
!