Alright tech heads I got a question for ya - I want either the E8400 (Core 2 Duo 3.0 Ghz) or the Q9550 (Core 2 Quad 2.8 Ghz) CPU and I’m having a bit of trouble making a final decision. Or POSSIBLY the Q6600/Q9400, though I like either of those less.
Primary use is gaming. I’m not upgrading again, whichever one I get, for probly 2 years at least. I’m sure if you know about the CPU’s then you’d know all about how games still aren’t fully utilizing quad core, and thus how games are still faster on a higher clocked dual core, CURRENTLY. Yada yada. BUT, considering I don’t upgrade often, I wanted to hear what SRK peeps had to say about those CPU’s in particular.
Thing is, I can afford the E8400 no problem. If I shoot for the Q9550, it will break and I do mean BREAK my ass for next month. I will have to pour in all funds just to get it and maybe even sell a couple things in the process.
Q6600 I could get, just like the E8400, but honestly I like the E8400 over this chip, because it’s simply better in every department except the amount of cores. Mainly, it’s 45nm w/ much higher clocks.
I could try to get the Q9400, but that would still leave me with VERY little money. I don’t like the cache size on that chip too much though, for it being a quad.
So right now I’m heavily leaning towards the E8400, but am still somewhat unsure. I’d appreciate your feedback, my fellow tech heads of SRK.
Specs of the system the chip would be going in:
Asus P5Q-EM (socket 775 obviously)
4GB Ballistix 800
20.1" 1400x1050 native 5ms Westinghouse LCD
Thanks in advance, yo.