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Old February 9, 2011, 03:11 PM
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I, like everyone else, would totally blow >$3000 on a new PC, if I had that spare cash lying around...

but, I don't :D I blame being a poor student.

Anyways, my aging dual-core seems to be showing it's years; I can't play very many games and record myself playing them at the same time, as it causes massive desync issues between sound and video; not to mention horrible fps in the video and the game during recording.

My graphics card is fine (I'm only running a single 1920 x 1080 monitor, I can play BFBC2 on second highest visual setting with an average of 40fps). The only thing I feel I need to upgrade is my cpu.

Budget: $200, give or take a few bucks
Part: Processor. Want to upgrade from a dual core to a quad core (Socket 775) and overclock it to 3GHz stable on stock cooler, preferably.

So, guys, which quad would you recommend? I was checking out the Q8400. Decent price, and with a small 360MHz overclock, I could get it to my target of 3.0GHz overclock on the stock heatsink without that high of a temp.

Another question; would single-thread performance on the Q8400 overclocked to 3.0GHz be on par with performance on my current stock-clocked E8400?

Thanks for the help guys :P
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Old February 9, 2011, 03:48 PM
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not sure you will notice a difference, why not OC this e8400 ?
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Old February 9, 2011, 04:28 PM
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the only quad to look at would be the 12 megger cache ones

but then again.....maybe sell your system and go i3?

many wil lsay 'oh. thats dumb..from dual core to dual core..stupid!'

actually not. its 99 dollars free shipping at memxpress. board goes for around

65-85 depending on what you want/need. ram is dirt cheap....

im pretty sure you can sell your mobo cpu ram for a decent price and not pay much to upgrade..:)

4 gigs on air youll get no matter what lol.
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Old February 9, 2011, 05:06 PM
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I'll just stick with my 775 chipset for now. And OCing my dual core wouldn't be as efficient as getting a quad, now; would it?
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Well, it really depends...

No, getting the highest clock speed on a dual core will help with DX 9 games more than a quad core.
Yes, running multiple programs will perform better on a Quad core than dual core.
Yes, getting some of the architectural benefits of the quad core may be beneficial.
Maybe, looking into the future, it's hard to know if you'll be satisfied with your upgrade for long enough to make it worth while. (you probably will be)

Economically, you're probably best off just getting a cheap-o CPU upgrade without touching anything else. Don't expect more than 10% o/c on a stock cooler (for safety reasons, mostly).
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if the game cant see.actually make proper use of more than 2 cores?

oc'ing your duallie is the way., you got decent hw,no worries.
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Old February 9, 2011, 05:44 PM
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Yes, i mostly want to get a quad to run multiple things at once (a la playing games and recording it at the same time).

I use my 500GB drive solely as a raw video dump, so no worries about that.

And, yeah, all I want to hit is 3GHz with the quad, as it would be my first time overclocking I wouldn't want to push it anyways.
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Old February 9, 2011, 05:57 PM
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cool then. just fish for a 9 series. dont stop lower.
if you see it for 100 or less go for it. your upgrade would have cost you maybe 30 bucks.
that includes in the equation selling your duallie chippie
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Old February 9, 2011, 05:58 PM
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honestly for around $ 350 - $ 400 you can have a motherboard and a 2500k, ( ok in few weeks) so if I was you I will sell the 775 board you have and the CPU, and go for the SB. you already have $ 200, with the money you gone have for your stuff, you will be not far of a top notch system instead of a patch one.
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the thing with 2500k is get one now and find a board first though...because in a month or two when well know
for sure everythings cool dozer may be around too? or close.. meaning maybe price war under or around the 250 dollar price point..

like i said for the 69 series...
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