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C2Q Q8300 vs. i3 530

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April 6, 2010 7:02:30 PM

Core2Quad Q8300 2.5GHz or Core i3 530 2.93GHz?

Which of these is better for GTA 4 (without overclocking) ?

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April 6, 2010 7:07:18 PM

here's the i3 530 vs Q8200 (there was no 8300 to select)

GTA IV likes cores so I would go with the Q8300 and try to OC if you can.

*would be nice if i put the link in
http://anandtech.com/bench/Product/52?vs=118

the i3 530 may be the better CPU in the long run though and if you cant OC I would go with it.
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April 6, 2010 8:10:17 PM

The Q8000 are horrible processors they dont really overclock that well but they are cheap and thats why alot of OEM systems have them If you can get a Q9xxx would be better but thats only if you already have a socket 775 system. If you are buying new or building a new system get the I3 it can OC well into 4ghz with no trouble at all and are ver solid performers and it will also be cheaper then a Core 2 Quad.
April 6, 2010 8:18:20 PM

saaiello said:
The Q8000 are horrible processors they dont really overclock that well but they are cheap and thats why alot of OEM systems have them If you can get a Q9xxx would be better but thats only if you already have a socket 775 system. If you are buying new or building a new system get the I3 it can OC well into 4ghz with no trouble at all and are ver solid performers and it will also be cheaper then a Core 2 Quad.



I am NOT overclocking
The core i3 may be cheaper , but the motherboard that is required is way more expensive !!
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April 6, 2010 8:20:28 PM

get an amd am3 system
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April 6, 2010 8:23:27 PM

Then If budget is a main concern and you are buying new like obsidian says get an AMD system. Building an Socket 775 system is not the way to go the only time I can justify someone buying a core 2 processor is if you are just upgrading the system you have.

You can find decent 1156 boards for around $90 is that too much for your budget?
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April 6, 2010 8:24:08 PM

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I am NOT overclocking


Why not? It's free performance. It's like saying "I could buy an i7 but I'd rather just use this old Pentium for the same price"...
April 6, 2010 8:40:14 PM

saaiello said:
You can find decent 1156 boards for around $90 is that too much for your budget?


90 is not much , but it would be better to buy socket 775 and the difference in price between LGA1156 and LGA775 invest in better graphic card
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April 6, 2010 8:44:01 PM

Thats up to you but to save money without killing your chances of upgrades and also get same performance if not better you should look into AMD Phenom II x4s. A core 2 Quad will cost around $170 and up where as you can get the likes of a Phenom II 955BE which will perform the same if not better then most of the lower end core 2 Quads for$150 these processors are actually more compareable in performance to an I5 so they really are the best bang for the buck.

Q9400 vs Phenom II 955
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=76

The Phenom is faster in just about everything and cost considerably less than the Q9400
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