I can't make this decision on my own... please help:

Which one of these two processors should I buy:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache


Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 4MB L2 Cach

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  1. Intel core Quad Q400!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Don't use excessive punctuation. It's against the rules.
  2. If you plan on doing gaming with that quad you are gonna want to overclock it to atleast 3 ghz or higher if you can.

    To answer your question better you should list what you plan on using the system for.

    Here is a comparison benchmark for the two processors the Q8400 will multitask better and encode faster but for gaming the E8400 will be much better in most games with its higher clock the E8400 will OC really good to 4ghz or higher with little voltage increase and a good cooler.

    Benchmarks Comparison of E8400 and Q8400
  3. i think you should go for q8400 and overclock it to atleast 3.0ghz!
  4. ct1615 said:
    just make sure you plug the CPU fan in :na:

  5. What is the main use of your PC? Also what are the other specs? Is this an upgrade?
  6. ^Agreed. What will the PC be used for OP?

    If this is for a new build, I HIGHLY recommend you get an AM3 build. LGA775 and DDR2 *is* dead or dying.
  7. Thanks everyone for your help... i bought the Dual core.

    I'm using it for gaming, and watching unhealthy amounts of porn. (usually not at the same time, so I figured the dual core would probably work)
  8. To answers yalls questions... its not a new build, it was kind of an upgrade, but more of a replacement... the other specs are:
    3GB of ram
    320gb hd (mid range in speed, don't remember the specifics)
    geforce 8800GT
    reading the comparison really helped. It's actually my brothers computer and I'm barrowing it. It fell off the table the other day, and all the PCI cards popped out, the processor fan broke off, and the Hard Drive started making this horriable groaning sound. Luckily it was off when it happend. The processor fan would no longer snap in place, and I pulled a dumb *** move and put the computer side-ways and just rested the processor fan on top of the processor. It booted up fine, and I started trying to copy an image of the hard drive real fast onto a spare, however it self-shut off before I could do it. I tried turning it on again but it shut off after 5-10 seconds of booting. I figured the processor was burned up, and I knew the HD was failling so I bought both a new HD and a new processor. With hopes of still copying over my HD, I installed the new processor and tried to boot, however it wouldn't work, so I unplugged the old HD and then it worked fine. So I'm now thinking I probably bought the new processor for no ******* reason, and just needed to replace the HD & buy a new fan (the old one was a 3ghz dual core too)... but oh well!
  9. Doh.

    Yeah dual core is fine for gaming with an 8800GT.
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