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April 15, 2010 10:42:57 AM

IS clockpeed for gaming or is it the number of cores important for gaming..

I have 3 choices help me choice

1.overclock e7200
2.Upgrade to e8400 or e8500
3.Upgrade to quad processor

What do u choose for gaming untill 2012 maxed out...reply..

I read in some places that clock speed is important for gaming is it true?
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April 15, 2010 10:59:42 AM

all are poor choices - your far better off with an AM3/1156/1366 platform (aka dump the 775 platform you have or are looking at)

all new games like the extra cores, aswell as high clock speeds like normal, i wouldnt touch anything dual core here and now today etc, but with that you need a good rig to back it - good psu, 4+gb ram, windows 7, good video card etc - dont half ass it
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April 15, 2010 11:05:19 AM

hijaz said:
IS clockpeed for gaming or is it the number of cores important for gaming..

I have 3 choices help me choice

1.overclock e7200
2.Upgrade to e8400 or e8500
3.Upgrade to quad processor

What do u choose for gaming untill 2012 maxed out...reply..

I read in some places that clock speed is important for gaming is it true?



If you already have a e7200 then go for the overclock option. LGA 775 is practically a dead socket. Save your money for an i5/i7 platform.

Clock speed is essential for gaming. Not all games can even make use of 4 cores yet. My E8400 at 3.6 with an old at this point 9800GTX+ still lets me play just about anything at highest settings although my monitor is only 1440x900. I know an overclocked E8400 can handle any graphics up to a 5850 with very little bottlenecking. E7200 should overclock quite well. Just get a good cooler.
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April 15, 2010 3:59:48 PM

At this point, i'd just max out the 775 platform and wait for Sandy Bridge (which appears to be on yet another new socket), as moving to a new platform when a new arch is comming in just over a year and a half doesn't make much senes.

I'd recommend a Q9550 (2.8Ghz Quad).

More and more, games are starting to use quads. Dragon Age benifites from a quad, as does Battlefield:BC2. Duos are now where Pentium D's were a few years back, OK, but clearly going teh way of the dinosaur.
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April 15, 2010 6:29:37 PM

If you have a quality LGA775 mobo with something like 4gigs DDR2-800 ram...

I would suggest some options in cost effective order.

1- Get a 30$ Air cooler and overclock that core2 that you are using...
2- Upgrade to a Q9400 or similar depending on how much you find it for... I don't think the E8400 is worth the price.... it's a great Core2 but only a dual core.
3- for the price of a good quad on your motherboard... you can change to an AMD using a cheep 780G chipset board such as an M3A-78-CM with an Athlon630 or a Phenom955.... this path has a good chance of future upgrade to 6cores but I can't guaranty it.


Personally, I would get a GREAT air Cooler and overclock that 7200...

Save money and within a few months, rebuild the PC with new Motherboard, CPU RAM... either I5-750 that is well proven to be excellent or an AM3 Phenom 955

If you have Great DDR2 ram a good AM2+ setup is what I would jump too... but that's just me.
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April 15, 2010 6:54:44 PM

I would say go the OC route as well- get a nice air cooler, and crank it up, then you're good.
If you want an upgrade, get an AMD 785G board and a AthlonII or PhenomII (you can do this for $200-300 very easily). This will be upgradable to a PhenomIIx6 in the future (they've already stated they are continuing with the AM3 socket for at least the Thuban CPUs.
There is no reason to buy another LGA775 chip- it would end up being a waste IMO as its just a dead end and won't really be much better than OCing the chip you have.
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April 15, 2010 7:13:35 PM

Frankly, a good OC'd 9000 series quad is a far more cost effective option then tearing out the entire platform for a lesser CPU (Phenom), and spend even more money afterwards to finally move up to a x6 (Thurian). So thats two seperate upgrades you need to make.

Just max LGA775 and wait for Sandy Bridge. Cheapest option and you won't notice any performnce hits, as a C2Q still isn't a bottleneck for gaming.
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April 15, 2010 8:15:46 PM

I was saying that it would cost about the same to upgrade from what he has now to a good Phenom II as it would to upgrade to a C2Q 9000 series, and that would be an upgradable system. the C2Q would be a dead end upgrade for the same price as a future upgradable upgrade. Also- a Phenom II is NOT a lesser CPU than a C2Q.
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April 15, 2010 9:06:27 PM

flyinfinni said:
I was saying that it would cost about the same to upgrade from what he has now to a good Phenom II as it would to upgrade to a C2Q 9000 series, and that would be an upgradable system. the C2Q would be a dead end upgrade for the same price as a future upgradable upgrade. Also- a Phenom II is NOT a lesser CPU than a C2Q.


Phenom II is slower than Core2, it's a small difference, but Core2 is the faster of the 2.
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April 15, 2010 9:08:33 PM

Right, but in games, it won't make a difference at all.
April 16, 2010 3:52:50 AM

Spending for the cooler and a c2q processor cost me the same because its an exchange offer so what should i choose
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April 16, 2010 4:01:00 AM

What Quad is it?
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April 16, 2010 5:32:38 PM

You can get the quad for the same price as you'd get the cooler? Wow. In that case, it may well be worth getting the quad (and maybe adding a cooler that you can use again with later builds too). Depends on which quad it is though.
April 16, 2010 10:35:31 PM

I second the Q9550 comment. Just picked one up locally for a very reasonable price, and it gave my system new life. I already had a good cooler, but I also got a good northbridge heatsink for some light overclocking.
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April 16, 2010 10:37:32 PM

with a good NB heatsink, you are probably good for a bit more than light OCing ;-) lol.
April 17, 2010 9:14:23 PM

flyinfinni said:
with a good NB heatsink, you are probably good for a bit more than light OCing ;-) lol.


Well, sorta. My P5B and its 965 chipset was never really designed to support 1333FSB, so it gets hot! Plus, this sucker is my livelyhood, so I don't want to risk crashing it. It's sitting nice and stable and should get me another year or two before I'm ready for my next rig.
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April 18, 2010 12:17:27 AM

Ahh I see- very nice then:-)
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