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Which CPU is better and why?

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September 17, 2010 8:19:39 AM

Which CPU is better for gaming and why?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(I will probably have to get this one)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Don't think my motherboard is compatible with this one just wanna know what i'd be missin out on)

But like, are they close? A lot of people have been saying quad core is better but that's a pretty high quality dual core. Has a 6mb cache and is pretty fast.

I just want a processor that will give good performance along side my GTX 460

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September 17, 2010 8:26:07 AM

Most games do not fully use four cores.But since the quad is cheaper, it would be better to get it because you will notice some improvements in real world scenarios.
You can compare them here:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/55?vs=89
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September 17, 2010 8:27:32 AM

In games which are optimized for two cores, the E8500 would thump the Q8400. But on games which require more cores than 2, the Q8400 would be a nice one. Q8400 was decent quad core. Intel's Q9xxx quads were more powerful and a lot better.

E8500 is definitely a top line dual core. Only thing i heard that its a little unstable when you overclock, that's why E8400 is better and sold more.

This would give you a better idea:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2762/10

Also which motherboard are you on?
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September 17, 2010 8:32:55 AM

This one
http://www.e4allupgraders.info/dir1/motherboards/socket...

I sorta have to pick from this list. Didn't see the Q8400 on the list and i heard i might need a bios update for it to work and that's a bit of trouble. If it was 100% compatible then i would go for the Q8400 since it is cheaper and the 4 cores would be pretty nice.

Edit:
Thanks for the chart, gave me a little insight.
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a b à CPUs
September 17, 2010 8:44:59 AM

Actually, bios updates are no trouble at all.You download the .exe, it will tell you that its restarting the computer, it will install the new bios, restart again and you're good to go.
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September 17, 2010 8:47:50 AM

Where would i actually find the bios update for my specific motherboard to use that processor?
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September 17, 2010 8:52:16 AM

You will find it on manufacturer's website.
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September 17, 2010 9:11:51 AM

Before you buy its better to get it confirmed from the manufacturer that would it support or not.
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September 17, 2010 7:51:31 PM

google it, see if there's anyone out there with that motherboard running a Q8400 you may be surprised to find that a BIOS update allows for it... unofficially...
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September 24, 2010 11:47:36 PM

Best answer selected by fatedcloud.
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September 25, 2010 12:13:50 AM

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