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Old February 5, 2009, 06:15 PM
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hey guys!,

I just bought and received most of my new pc hardware, and I have been trying to decide on my last component for weeks on what to get. My last component is a cpu. All the hardware I bought was what hw canuks recommended on there reviews. I need the cpu for gaming, mild video editing, overclocking, and business work. I bought this motherboard ---- Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P P45 Motherboard Review

I also bought 4gbs of the dual channel Ocz Pc8000. Anyway, my budget for a cpu is 350.00.

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Old February 5, 2009, 06:21 PM
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and of the E8xxx dualcores will do you fine, and fit within your budget. you could also look at some of the Q8xxx/Q9xxx quads, but of course, these will affect you FSB overclock. UD3P FSB is so wildly varied..some do 600FSB+(good for dualcore), some barely make 500mhz.

Personally, I'd hit up an e8400, and aim for 500x8 for 4ghz, with the mem and FSB 1:1.
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Old February 5, 2009, 06:27 PM
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i just sold my E6300, so would a quad be a smarter upgrade instead of dual core? My first thought was a q6600. Then I saw a q9450. So then I was leaning towards the q9450. Then I saw a q9550 for a few bucks more. So then I was all over the place and cant decide. I hate when that happens. You cant make up your mind. Dam .lol
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Old February 5, 2009, 06:34 PM
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Heh...I usually just buy teh cheapest, play with it, sell it, buy the next one up...but not any more.

the quads are good, but it'll be hard to get 500FSB out of some of them...luck of the draw. dualies will hit 500FSb no problem.

However, about 460FSB seems to be the ideal for Core2...duals and quads included.

So, it's really up to what you think you need....you seem headed to quad-land, and it's a nice place...nothing wrong with it, a bit future-proof...but for me, I require the 9x multi out of a quad...for 9x445...easy 4ghz...which means q9650.

I'm on an e8400...previos cpu was qx9650...don't notice a difference at all in my daily uses...I play alot of games, and only a few take a hit form having a dualcore...but we are talking at most 5-10 FPS, and only in situations where you are cpu-limited...so some RTS, Crysis, etc...

video encode would use the quad for sure, if you use up-to-date software, as will future gaming titles(at least we are all hoping)...so get the best you can, and call it done.
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This is my recommendation
Q6600, Asus P5K Premium & Muskin Redline 8000(2x2gb)
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Old February 5, 2009, 06:57 PM
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$350 on a CPU...Well I'd get a Q9450, Q6600, or E8400. Since you already had a E6300 and you sold that, I'd say get a dual core and get an OCZ Vendetta 2. Then you overclock till your system explodes :P
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I'd go with a Q9450 if its in your price range. As for overclocking it really depends on what your goal is the Q9450 should top out around 3.8 a Q9550 would hit 4.0 maybe higher, but I have yet to push mine any further.

What heatsink will you be using?
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I'd say Q9450 or Q9550. Might as well get a quad at this point in time IMO. Multithreading will only improve in the coming months as more thing start to utilize quad-cores.
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I have the artic pro.
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Old February 5, 2009, 08:32 PM
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Q9550 would be my recommendation, $350 at NCIX this week. Or get a E8400, $210 at NCIX this week with free shipping, and an awesome CPU cooler and overclock the crap out of it.
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