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Core 2 Quad Q9550 or Core 2 Duo E8600 for my Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L?

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February 10, 2012 9:44:44 PM

I will be running mostly business/work/personal software (No gaming / Video encoding, etc).

For example I will be doing a lot of: Office software, Word Document, Excel, Spread sheets, Lot of web browsing & tabs, Macro/automation software (Creation & running), installing programs & creating portable apps in VirtualBox.

I am planning on purchasing used and I might OC. (I have an arctic cooler, freezer pro 7)

The Dual Core E8600 has 3.33 GHZ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-115-...

while the Quad Core Q9550 has 2.80 GHZ. (And costs me $50 extra)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What do you guys think?


Thanks in advance!


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Also, I have two 1 Gigabyte sticks of Ram + two 512MB sticks. Can I OC with this setup?


Kingston 1 GB Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston 512 MB Ram (KVR800D2N5/512)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am also planning to purchase a SSD drive to help increase performance. (Crucial M4 64GB)

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February 10, 2012 9:46:32 PM

For what you want to do there is really no need for quad core. Go for the e8600 and with the money you save get a ram upgrade. :) 
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February 10, 2012 9:50:56 PM

the e8600 should be enough. you can also OC it. but don't OC the ram. you also lose dual channel memory if you mix and match ram which will give you half the memory access speed.
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February 10, 2012 9:52:41 PM

The e8600 doesnt overclock that well if i recall? If im wrong feel free to correct me. But for what you need as me and esrever have said even a stock e8600 is plenty enough.
Hope this helps
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February 11, 2012 12:26:37 AM

Hey thanks everyone, thats the CPU I was leaning towards purchasing.

Also I think that the e8600 OC's very well according to newegg reviews
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February 11, 2012 12:31:21 AM

connect4 said:
Hey thanks everyone, thats the CPU I was leaning towards purchasing.

Also I think that the e8600 OC's very well according to newegg reviews



Guess i was wrong :L I just thought that becuase it was a wolfedale chip it wouldnt oc that well.

Good choice and good luck with your computer
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February 11, 2012 1:42:59 AM

Wolfdale was a very serious overclocker... I remember when it first came out, computer nerds everywhere spazzed in their pants over how well they overclocked and stayed cool. I myself have a 4.0 Ghz E8400 running on the stock cooler... They were overclocked much better than the Conroe.
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March 3, 2012 8:34:22 PM

Best answer selected by connect4.
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