Changing Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 to Intel Core Quad..But which one?

Hello guys.
So..Like the tile says..I'm thinking about changing my Intel core 2 Duo E8400 to Intel Core Quad, because I want to play games that use 4 cores (Battlefield 3), but I don't know is it even worth it..I heard many good things about Intel Core Duo's, but also some good things about Quad's..So, I was thinking about Q9400, but will performance in BF3 be better then on E8400 3,0GHZ?
My rig is:
HIS Radeon 4890 1GB
4,00GB Ram
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Power Supply OCZ StealthXstream 2 600W.
Is Q9400 any good? Or should I buy other quad? (only Intel Core Quad, because my motherboard runs LGA775) Will FPS get better in games that use multi-cores, like BF3?
Thanks ;)
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  1. are you able to overclock then a 9400 will be fine if not you may want to look at a new system before upgrading to an expensive core 2 quad
  2. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
    It may not be worth it to get the quad, save money for a new board, but if you have money for a new graphic card, check the cards above 4890, think ATI 6850/6870 or new 7000 series is worth a look.
  3. The core 2 quads do surprisingly well in BF3, especially the Q9400. However, in the mean time I would overclock your E8400. BF3 loves multicores and an overclocked Q9400 or E8400 will do nicely :) Though do you have any Q9550 or 9650's available?
  4. Save the money for a new LGA 1155 board and processor. Even the Dual Core i3-2100 ($125) competes well against a Q9400 (if you can find it used, +$150).

    i3-2100 VS Q9400
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/76?vs=289

    The Q9400 is not even all that comparable considering that you would lose some clock speed.

    E8400 vs Q9400
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/56?vs=76
  5. amuffin said:
    The core 2 quads do surprisingly well in BF3, especially the Q9400. However, in the mean time I would overclock your E8400. BF3 loves multicores and an overclocked Q9400 or E8400 will do nicely :) Though do you have any Q9550 or 9650's available?

    Only Q9550's are available..
    They are way more expensive though.. So..You say, that E8400, will be good for decent 30+FPS and 1920x1200 (that's my monitor's native resoution) to play? Or should i get Q9400?
  6. what is your motherboard?
  7. If you can overclock than yes, however I would still get the Q9400 and overclock from there.
  8. Anonymous said:
    what is your motherboard?

    Motherboard is ASUS P5Q, standard P5Q. Yeah, I know it's old :)
  9. Yep I had an q9400 OC to 3.8Ghz for three years before it fizzled :( poor guy it was a smokin system back in the day...

    Thent
  10. Filvox said:
    Motherboard is ASUS P5Q, standard P5Q. Yeah, I know it's old :)

    Intel® P45 chipset

    :) my favorite socket 775 motherboard. overclocks like a beast. . no worries there.
  11. Anonymous said:
    Intel® P45 chipset

    :) my favorite socket 775 motherboard. overclocks like a beast. . no worries there.

    So..Should I stay with my E8400, OR buy Q9400? I have only stock cooler, for my E8400, so I don't know if I can overclock it on air..
  12. You will be able to get to about 3.4 to 3.6 on stock I would highly recomend after market. Before I had the q9400 I had an e8500 but I could only get it to 3.8 also but I had a huge heatsink on it.

    Thent
  13. no matter what, get a cooler.

    the only question i pose is if you can find one cheap enough to make it a "cost effective" upgrade.
  14. Anonymous said:
    no matter what, get a cooler.

    the only question i pose is if you can find one cheap enough to make it a "cost effective" upgrade.

    Ok, so just basically stay with my E8400 and overclock it? Maan, I don't know what to do :>
  15. the safer route would be get cooler, overclock the 8400 and see if that is good enough while keeping an eye on Q9400 prices.

    you'll want a cooler on the quad anyhow. ;)
  16. Anonymous said:
    the safer route would be get cooler, overclock the 8400 and see if that is good enough while keeping an eye on Q9400 prices.

    you'll want a cooler on the quad anyhow. ;)


    Should I buy Battlefield 3 for PC, with no worries about low FPS? I own the PS3 version, but graphicly it's awful, and it runs 25-30FPS on PS3..And on PC I can only get better graphics..

    But I'm not sure about FPS, and Settings..I want to play on medium at least..What would you do if you were me? :)
  17. What is your budget?
  18. Spend 30 bucks for a cooler master hyper 212+ and overclock!
  19. amuffin said:
    Spend 30 bucks for a cooler master hyper 212+ and overclock!

    But..Stick to E8400? Right? :D And run..BF3 on medium +30fps? :D
  20. that 4890 just may do better than 30 fps on medium settings. at low resolutions the cpu will hold you back, at high resolutions then the gpu will hold you back.

    if you find yourself at 100% cpu and your gpu is 50%; time for a quad.
  21. Anonymous said:
    that 4890 just may do better than 30 fps on medium settings. at low resolutions the cpu will hold you back, at high resolutions then the gpu will hold you back.

    if you find yourself at 100% cpu and your gpu is 50%; time for a quad.

    Ok, I get it. But last time..BUY BF3 OR NOT. I don't want to cry over low FPS when I buy it ;P I need to be 100% sure.
  22. i haven't got it so i can't tell you to buy it or not but you should be good.

    amuffin wrote :

    The core 2 quads do surprisingly well in BF3, especially the Q9400. However, in the mean time I would overclock your E8400. BF3 loves multicores and an overclocked Q9400 or E8400 will do nicely :) Though do you have any Q9550 or 9650's available?

    but amuffin thinks so and i do at times trust his judgement.
  23. Hmm..Which one is better? Q6600, or Q9400? Really dunno which one from "Q" family should I choose.
  24. Q9400 (+$180 new) edges out a Q6600 ($90 used, +$150 new) by 7% to 15%, depending on the test.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/53?vs=76

    Of course, better is a matter of price point too. For $125 a new i3-2100 beats the Q9400 by 10%-25%, depending on the test.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/289?vs=76

    Just OC your E8400 and wait to upgrade out of the LGA 775 boards.
  25. Q9xxx are the top of the line core 2 quads. My dad is running a Q9650 and it is serving him well :) I would stay away from the 8XXX because they are missing some part of their cache..
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