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Which is better for gaming, a wolfdale e8400 3ghz or a quad 8200 2.33?

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January 4, 2010 1:08:01 AM

I'm upgrading from a core 2 duo e4500 2.2 gig to either an e8400 or a quad 8200, and I was curious which will actually be better for gaming. Also, will I really notice much of a difference from what I have now?
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January 4, 2010 1:13:03 AM

I've seen some stats that show that the e8400 performs much better with games. It's really a question of:

Would you rather be running many things at once, but not with maximum speed, or would you rather run 1-3 things at once, faster?

If you pick the latter, go for the e8400. And yes, if you pick the e8400, you WILL notice a difference. :) 
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January 4, 2010 1:14:49 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=56&p2=52

The e8400 is obviously the superior gaming chip especially when overclocked.
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January 4, 2010 1:20:41 AM

Thx guys, I'm gonna go with the 8400 I just found on sale after all. :) 
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January 4, 2010 1:21:54 AM

If you can get it for less than $140, go for it. Otherwise, just get a quad core. E8400s at stock price is way overpriced.
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January 4, 2010 1:25:32 AM

fedshark said:
Thx guys, I'm gonna go with the 8400 I just found on sale after all. :) 



No problem. Good luck with your upgrade.
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January 4, 2010 1:27:42 AM

Bluescreendeath said:
If you can get it for less than $140, go for it. Otherwise, just get a quad core. E8400s at stock price is way overpriced.


Eh, found it for $144, anyway. Was the lowest price I could find, and only $4 over the q8200 I found.
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January 4, 2010 2:47:33 AM

fedshark said:
Eh, found it for $144, anyway. Was the lowest price I could find, and only $4 over the q8200 I found.


Did you already buy it? Do you live in the US?

If you haven't bought it yet, then here's a Q8300 @ 2.5GHz for $150 w/ free shipping & no taxes, only $6 more than the E8400. This will OC much better than the Q8200. If OCed, it will demolish the E8400.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 4, 2010 5:03:27 AM

Yeah, I bought it already, but thats ok because my mobo bios doesnt have the ability to OC anyway.
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