Okay, so I've been hearing things and want this community's opinion.
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W
-Thermaltake V1 CPU cooler (CL-P0401)
- GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (32bit)
- Antec Performance One P182 ATX Mid Tower Case
- Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
- XFX HD485XZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1 GB DDR3 PCI-E 2.0 Video Card
- HIPER HPU-4K530-MS ATX12V v2.2 530W Power Supply
- A-DATA 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit
I bought what I thought was the fastest CPU I could afford at the time in the Q8200. Does my CPU just suck? I use my PC primarily to play World of Warcraft. It does the job, but I'm always looking to make improvements, when I can afford a new component here and there.
What do you think of the CPU, and is there a glaring weakness in my build? I have an idea that perhaps I should get a "bigger" PSU, but would that make a noticeable difference in performance, or is that more for security of the integrity of my hardware?
While I've been building this machine for a few years now, and have build a couple others like it for friends, I'm still a novice when it comes to the down and dirty details and could use some advice. I've verclocked my video card using the built in mfg utilities, and I can see a difference, but as far as fine tuning my PC in general I'm still in the fuzzy grey area.
Thanks for the reply. My pc performance while gaming isn't necessarily poor, but if that video card is indeed power hungry, I bet upgrading my PSU would be noticeable. I've heard random slams of the Q8200, compared to other similar CPUs but it's been working pretty well for me. I just wanted more opinions. Thanks again.
you PSU is OK. getting a solid PSU is always a good idea but I would say its not vital for you. the issue with the Q8200, most PC games are console ports and/or only utilize two cores (L4D2, WoW, SC2) so in many games you are basically playing with a 2.33 ghz dual core. Over clocking your CPU would help a lot.
you will notice in these benchmarks how the faster dual core outperforms or keeps up with the slower quad core in games.
Dont expect 3.2 out of the Q8200 3.0 ghz seems to be the norm for this chip. I have a Q8200 in one of my rigs its a very solid CPU at 3 ghz but at stock speed it is too slow for gaming. I would shoot for 3 ghz and a new power supply and you should be good for a while. I would recommend waiting on overclocking anything though until you get a new power supply overclocking will draw a good bit more power and will definitely stress your unit to the max.