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April 19, 2010 1:13:49 AM

hi i am soon going to be buyin a custom computer
but i dont know which quad core to buy cause i have 2 choises at the exact same price

here are the cpu's:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 and a Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400

which on sould i pick ????

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April 19, 2010 1:40:00 AM

The Q6700 has an front side bus of 1066MHz, whereas the Q 8400 has a FSB of 1333MHz. They both differ in L2 cache. I personally prefer the Q6700 with an L2 cache of 8 MB compared to the Q8400 with an L2 cache of 4 MB

So, go with the Q6700
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April 19, 2010 2:11:42 PM

Q6700,

but are you sure you don't want something a bit more.... recent? something in the i series, or phenom 2 ish?
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April 19, 2010 9:28:35 PM

N.Broekhuijsen said:
Q6700,

but are you sure you don't want something a bit more.... recent? something in the i series, or phenom 2 ish?

yeah i might have a look for something more recent because phenom 2s do tent to be cheaper dont they ??
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April 19, 2010 11:43:47 PM

+1000 on a newer CPU/chipset.

Look for a system with AMD's Phenom II series or Intel's i5-750 / i3-530. Post some PCs (full specifications too please, including your planned/current monitor resolution) with those CPUs according to your budget and we can help ya out. :) 
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April 20, 2010 1:00:59 AM

Raidur said:

Look for a system with AMD's Phenom II series or Intel's i5-750 / i3-530. Post some PCs (full specifications too please, including your planned/current monitor resolution) with those CPUs according to your budget and we can help ya out. :) 

I wouldn't go with anything in the core i3 or lower core i5(600s or lower). They're only dual cores... AMD's Phenom II 955 C3 revision easily beats them on price/performance($130 for lowest i3/$160 for 955)

The Phenom II 955 would be best price/performance but the lowest performer by a small amount.
The core i5-750($200) would be a good choice if you don't plan on crossfire or sli.
Core i7 930($300) if you ever wanted to use dual video cards.
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April 20, 2010 3:26:38 AM

The i3 isn't a bad deal once overclocking is taken into account. Most games still only benefit from dual core and even the multi-core ones show minimum gain unless a high end GPU setup is used (unless its a more CPU-dependent game).

Agreed however, Phenom II 955 is the all around best price/performance.
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April 20, 2010 4:00:52 PM

if you have the money i'd definitely suggest phenom 2 955 or the core i5... seriously they are so cheap... if u can afford it why settle for the core i3...
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April 20, 2010 4:09:10 PM

abhishekk89 said:
if you have the money i'd definitely suggest phenom 2 955 or the core i5... seriously they are so cheap... if u can afford it why settle for the core i3...

+1 Indeed
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