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Old 01-31-2009, 09:05 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Hopefully i can simplify it for you;
e8400 is very good best dual core really if you want to go quad then the q9300 or Q9450 but they will be slow single cores but faster when all cores are used. Not all programs are designed to use all cores
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Old 01-31-2009, 09:11 AM   #32 (permalink)
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oh, I didn't realize it wasn't quad core!
I don't understand the differences between q9300, q95450, q9550, etc.
Which one?
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Q9300 or Q9450 just pick the one that fits your budget, the bigger the number the faster the processor. The letter indicates quad or dual core so Q = quad E= dual. The first number indicates series so Q6 was the first quad series Q9 is the newest and fastest. The second number indicates stock speed so the q9400 is faster then the Q9300 at stock speeds. The third number indicates ondie memory which makes it faster. With overclocking its normally best to choose the lowest speed of the series and clock it up yourself as that is just what they do in the Intel factory.
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okay, decided on this one:
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Which motherboard for it officially will work best and do I need anything else for it?
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Get the sunbeam core contact freezer cpu heatsink. Gigabyte ds3r or ud3p are good or the biostar tp45 for the motherboard. Need any other parts?
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why do you suggest the 9450 over the 9550?
need recommendations for the cpu/heatsink/fan/motherboard combo that will go with the parts I've already bought
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Usually cheaper then you can overclock yourself at home get the same performance for less. I just told you a combo, what other parts do you currently have?

budget?
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Newegg.com - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Q9550 that you chose
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does that have built in video on the board?
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