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Quad or Duo?

FourthPointFourthPoint __BANNED USERS regular
edited November 2009 in Games and Technology
I have $180 and want to upgrade from my weak E7200 Intel CPU. Will I see enough of a increase bump with either of the below CPUs?

Q9400
E8500

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    lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I have $180 and want to upgrade from my weak E7200 Intel CPU. Will I see enough of a increase bump with either of the below CPUs?

    Q9400
    E8500

    We have a sticky all about computer builds over in the Tech Tavern. You might want to check it out.

    For most games there is no point to a quad core since they only use 1 or 2 cores. Then again most games are limited by the GPU instead of by the CPU speed. Your CPU seems like it would be fast enough for most games.

    Another possibility would be to overclock your current CPU. Maybe an aftermarket cooler would do nicely. You should be able to find one for well under $50.

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    cloudeaglecloudeagle Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    This is the place you're looking for:

    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=105060

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    urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I have $180 and want to upgrade from my weak E7200 Intel CPU. Will I see enough of a increase bump with either of the below CPUs?

    Q9400
    E8500

    Have you tried overclocking your E7200? I have a 7500 running at 3.5GHz using stock cooling.

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    l337CrappyJackl337CrappyJack Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Hey, this isn't a Mass Effect thread at all.

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    Dr.ObliviousDr.Oblivious Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    They'll pay up to 10,000 credits each. That's 40,000 for a full set.

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    The Dude With HerpesThe Dude With Herpes Lehi, UTRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I won't lie; I totally thought this was the new Mass Effect thread.

    Anyway if all things are equal (i.e. price and performance) go with Quad. Nothing really supports it atm but if it makes no difference to your wallet might as well be prepared when software does begin to use it.

    But yeah, Moes is a far better place to ask.

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    The_SpaniardThe_Spaniard It's never lupines Irvine, CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I won't lie; I totally thought this was the new Mass Effect thread.

    Anyway if all things are equal (i.e. price and performance) go with Quad. Nothing really supports it atm but if it makes no difference to your wallet might as well be prepared when software does begin to use it.

    But yeah, Moes is a far better place to ask.

    I agree, getting a quad isn't about the short term awesomeness, but long term performance.

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    JudgementJudgement Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Hey, this isn't a Mass Effect thread at all.

    I figured that out too after I couldn't find any erotic alien sex talk going on.

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    AntithesisAntithesis Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    You all need to reread this page.

    with context







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