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

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November 28, 2009 6:50:41 PM

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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November 28, 2009 7:12:39 PM

The q8400 is just two e8400s on the same die, aka same chip. Definitely chose the q8400 if they are the same price.
November 28, 2009 7:53:17 PM

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
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November 28, 2009 7:53:26 PM

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?
November 28, 2009 7:59:00 PM

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.

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November 28, 2009 8:43:32 PM
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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.
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November 29, 2009 12:11:18 AM

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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