I've been set solid on getting a 955 for a while now, but the problem is I want to SLI (Maybe put another 250 in there).
All SLI boards only support DDR3 with the exception of this one board that pops in and out of Newegg every once and a while. I plain and simply just cant afford buying a new 4GB set of DDR3 ram only 2 more GB of DDR2 which will be used along side the 2 I have now (same model).
Now I'm considering the E8400. A hell of a lot easier to find an SLI board for it on Newegg and on EVGA's B stock (yay EVGA board ).
You might say 775 is a dead socket with no options for future upgrades, but the Max TDP of an DDR2 AMD board I could get is 125W which is where Phenom II ends.
My questions are: How easy and/or likely is it to OC an E8400 to 4.0ghz? With a CM Hyper TX3 or a CM Hyper 212
With the E8400 at 4.0ghz and the 955 at 3.8ghz which one will perform better in games?
How is CPU core utilization in games going to be like in the near future? (Most games now don't use anymore than 2 cores)
Would 2 vs 4 cores make a difference in DX11?
Which basically do you suggest to buy
The quad is the way to go now, I have an E8400@3.7GHz that a friend gave me, and it's nice, however more and more games are starting to run slow on dual cores, even very high clocked ones.
CD2 and CDQ are still so pricey because when retailers bought them they were pricey, and now the value has gone down alot but not the price because retailers want to minimize loss on the chips because when they bought them they were expensive as heck.