i am upgrading my system mostly for gaming, fsx to be specific, i need to know which cpu i'll be better off for performance the E8400/8500 OR THE Q9450?????? i dont wanna know about other cpu like the q6600 i just want to know about these 2 thank you.
Seems to be Quad Core would be the way to go based on what they are saying. But you need FS:X SP1 to get all those performance enhancements.
The Q9450 however is almost double the price of the E8400 (looking at NewEgg) though, so I guess it depends on how much you want to spend.
I am personally wondering how easy a FSB OC on the Q9450 would be though. The Penryns seem to OC very well so would you be able to buy a Q9450 and simply crank the FSB up to 400Mhz and turn your 2.66 into a 3.2? You might have to increase the CPU Voltage a little and you definitely need a good cooling solution, but with the QX9770 (400Mhz FSB 3.2Ghz speed) being released recently, its obviously possible for the chip to achieve (and sustain) these speeds. I know this is blasphemy but Anandtech has a whole in depth article about the X48 chipset and the associated memory timings and how they affect system performance more than normal memory ratings like 4-4-4-12 and stuff.