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Intel Core 2 Quad 8400 Good for HD video editing?

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June 23, 2010 8:26:33 AM

im planning to make an upgrade on my video editing rig.

its either i go for an Q3800 or an Q8400....and if i can flex my budget an Q9400

what for? : mainly video editing and maybe a little gaming. Not planning to play crysis or bf2.
just simple games like AC2,Sims3 or bioshock 2 on max settings.

my other specs are:
Nvidia GTS 250 1gb
3 GB or RAm
500GB HD
Asus P5kpl am/ps Mobo
21.5 LED LCD monitor

my concerns are: With an Quad core processor and this kind of video card there will be no bottle necking at all right? i mean GPU and CPU should work perfectly fine with each other with this kind of match up.

I read a few articles about games that dont really use Quad cores to be played at max settings, they said an core2duo OC'ed would do the job. Another concern of mine is, do i really need to Overclock when playing games? or when i work on my video editing? i really dont like to overclock since i dont have the rig to support it. So is it really necessary?

and finally, which among those processor are future proof? im trying to avoid replacing them. i currently have an core 2 duo e7400 right now and an 9500 GT which i only used for just a year, its a shame they will go to a waste with the upgrade im doing right now. but thats it okay since i will get better results right? in gaming ( a little maybe ) but more on the video editing side perhaps?

thanks a million guys.
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June 23, 2010 8:31:19 AM

A Q9400 with a GTS 250 would handle games fine,however in some games that benefit from higher clock speeds(like World in conflict),if you OC your CPU,you get a good boost in performance,but overall even at stock it would be fine(since most games are GPU limited)
And for HD video editing,it benefits from the extra cores,so it will give you a good boost(compared to your C2D E7400)
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June 23, 2010 8:39:36 AM

oh sorry, typo there its suppose to be Q3800 or an Q8400 or maybe an Q9400 if i can flex my budget.


anyway, so the Q9400 is the safe bet for performance/future proof upgrade?
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June 23, 2010 10:37:44 AM

Yes
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June 23, 2010 12:38:34 PM

how about the Q4800? could that be some where in the middle? hehe. Q9400 is kinda expensive, although its almost considered as the i7 right?
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June 23, 2010 2:51:18 PM

Q8400 is good too and OC's good.and Q9400 isn't considered an i7(not even almost).i7 has completely different architecture
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June 23, 2010 2:55:07 PM

haha yea sorry, i just read a few reviews about that i7 thing your absolutely right the i7 is in a whole different level.
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