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Is E8400 that much better than a Q8400 if not planning to OC?

Well, I have to choose between the two, and both comes with 2 gigs of ram and a GTS 250. If I choose the E8400, i'll have to buy a new power supply, while with the Q8400, I wont.

I'm wondering, is E8400 that much better than a Q8400 to be worth the hassle of buying a new PSU and installing it? Or are the differences in FPS pretty minimal?


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  1. The q8400 is just two e8400s on the same die, aka same chip. Definitely chose the q8400 if they are the same price.
  2. Alot of people are saying some bad things about the Q8xxx series, and they say the E8400 is ALOT better for gaming.

    Thats the thing, im okay with a little better, but if it has a profound effect I'd rather switch to the E8400
  3. Why do you need a new power supply for the E8400, and not for the Q8400? Doesn't the E8400 draw less power than the Q8400?
  4. No no, they are two different bundles.

    The E8400 only comes with a 305W power supply, which won't be able to power my GTS 250, while the Q8400 comes with a 585 W power supply.
  5. Best answer
    The Q9650 is 2 E8400s together. The Q8400 is more like 2 E5200s (due to it only have 4MB of L2 cache) but with a higher FSB (which makes little to no difference). The E8400 in games would rock the Q8400 (at least in 95% of games), especially when OCed. Although, if you are getting an E8400 I really urge you to look into OCing. That chip is made to OC and it does it like a dream. May as well do an OC without raising voltages, the E8400 averages at 3.6ghz w/o raising the volts.

    If you use quad core optimized programs then go for the Q8400, if you are gaming I'd go for the E8400 and a little OC.

    About the power supply, you'll be wanting to buy your own. I'm guessing the one that comes in the deal is a generic power supply. The PSU is one thing you do not want to skimp on.
  6. For a gaming machine, I recommend one of these:
    Corsair 550VX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003

    Yes, I use what I recommend. :)
  7. jsc said:
    For a gaming machine, I recommend one of these:
    Corsair 550VX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003

    Yes, I use what I recommend. :)

    My 620HX's your 550VX. :lol:
  8. Raidur said:
    The Q9650 is 2 E8400s together. The Q8400 is more like 2 E5200s (due to it only have 4MB of L2 cache) but with a higher FSB (which makes little to no difference). The E8400 in games would rock the Q8400 (at least in 95% of games), especially when OCed. Although, if you are getting an E8400 I really urge you to look into OCing. That chip is made to OC and it does it like a dream. May as well do an OC without raising voltages, the E8400 averages at 3.6ghz w/o raising the volts.

    If you use quad core optimized programs then go for the Q8400, if you are gaming I'd go for the E8400 and a little OC.

    About the power supply, you'll be wanting to buy your own. I'm guessing the one that comes in the deal is a generic power supply. The PSU is one thing you do not want to skimp on.



    You sir, are correct. I was two quick with my answer and goofed up.
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