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July 27, 2010 5:52:08 PM

Ok so, a guy that I work with is helping me build my first computer. I know a decent amount and am well versed in all the PC lingo.

Anyway, I am currently running an off-the-shelf dell with a Q3000 and my GTX260 in it to boost my games. I am now building a computer for a new Final Fantasy coming out that is requires a lot of power.
The game has a benchmark that I scored kinda low-mid on. I'd like to double to power of my computer so I can run the game on very high graphics.

After doing about three hours of research today JUST on processors alone, I finally decided that I would go with the Intel i5-750. Looks like the best bang for the buck. Also, not trying to spend more then $500-$600 (keeping my graphics card and power supply.)

My friend told me that my Q8300 processor can actually be BETTER then the i5-750 if I overclock it and buy a new Motherboard/case/heatsink. All the research I have done today says otherwise, but he has been building computers for years so I'm kind of torn. What do you guys think?

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July 27, 2010 6:00:37 PM

The core i5-750 will beat the q8300 at stock speed, and will oc' better than the q8300
July 27, 2010 6:12:55 PM

But how much better? I wouldnt OC the i5. Just wana see how the Q8300 OC'd will do against a stock i5-750
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July 27, 2010 6:34:11 PM

^We can't know that since the OC capabilities depends of many factor like the mobo, ambient temps, temps inside the case and ability of the CPU owner. Not all the i5-750 OC the same.

The i5-750 is a better options since is a quad-core too, but use a new socket that have better future proof that the 775 socket also use less power and produces less heat that the Q8300.
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July 27, 2010 6:34:47 PM

reverii said:
But how much better? I wouldnt OC the i5. Just wana see how the Q8300 OC'd will do against a stock i5-750


The Q8300 is not a great overclocker, on the other hand the 750 is so your question is kinda pointless in a way :) 

Here is a comparison between the Q8400 and the 750 :

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/89?vs=109

as you can see when both are at stock the 750 mops the floor with the Q8400, so by overclocking your Q8300 you might nip at the heels or surpass the 750 depending on what clock you achieve but then again an OC'ed 750 will destroy the OC'ed Q8300 in a split second ;) 
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July 27, 2010 8:57:09 PM

reverii said:
Ok so, a guy that I work with is helping me build my first computer. I know a decent amount and am well versed in all the PC lingo.

Anyway, I am currently running an off-the-shelf dell with a Q3000 and my GTX260 in it to boost my games. I am now building a computer for a new Final Fantasy coming out that is requires a lot of power.
The game has a benchmark that I scored kinda low-mid on. I'd like to double to power of my computer so I can run the game on very high graphics.

After doing about three hours of research today JUST on processors alone, I finally decided that I would go with the Intel i5-750. Looks like the best bang for the buck. Also, not trying to spend more then $500-$600 (keeping my graphics card and power supply.)

My friend told me that my Q8300 processor can actually be BETTER then the i5-750 if I overclock it and buy a new Motherboard/case/heatsink. All the research I have done today says otherwise, but he has been building computers for years so I'm kind of torn. What do you guys think?

Do you really want to upgrade just because of Final Fantasy XIV? I would actually wait for that, it's going to be awhile. I've tried both the Alpha and Beta and it's going to take them awhile to get it working properly. Sandy Bridge and Bulldozer will most likely be out by the time they can release the game. Just wanting to inform you, in case this upgrade was mostly due to FF coming out.
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July 27, 2010 8:58:32 PM

^ Great point!
July 27, 2010 9:27:17 PM

Release date is Sept 22nd though = /
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July 27, 2010 10:11:04 PM

As to OC on the I5-750 - it's so easy a cave man can do it. To hit 3.8 all I did was Select Profile 1 for my memory, DDR3-1600, and then go into easytune6 (Have Gigabyte P55-UM4P MB) and selected mild OC - checked that, Then selected Aggressive and checked with prime95 WHILE watching temps. Then tweaked my vcore voltage down (ET6 set it a little high). Walla. I did go in and decreased the multiplier so that ir is currently running at 3.2 - BUT if I need 3.8 - IT's there.

Only slightly easier than my E6400, But only took my E6400 to 3.2

As others have said the I5 is newer and beter optimized!!!
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July 28, 2010 1:41:18 AM

I agree- the i5-750 is the best bang for the buck in fast processors. We know that you can get 3.8GHz to maybe 4.0GHz with that chip. The Q8300 OTOH will take a lot of work and likely would never get to 3.8. I have a Q9400 that I built right before the "i" processors came out. It can barely go 3.8. I built 3 machines recently with i5-750 chips, and all of them went at least 3.8GHz. During my testing, my crude benchmark comparisons indicated that the i5-750 would run roughly 15% faster than my Q9400 when I had both of them set at the same clock speed.

I think today, if you want a fast processor without spending too much money, you buy the i5-750. If you want fast but you need to really save money then you look at some of the AMD chips. I don't think there is a place where the Q8300 makes sense unless you already have it or you can get it really cheap.
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July 28, 2010 1:50:52 AM

Another vote for the Core i5-750. Also, you are going to run into a huge snag trying to build a Q8300. Socket 775 motherboards are hard to find, much less a good one.
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