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Old 03-15-2008, 11:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I need to build a new gaming desktop. I play a lot of mmo's so im gonna need a powerful computer. I have the graphics card picked out Geforce 8800GT, and that is about it. My last post didnt really get me the info that i needed since it turned into a discussion on graphics cards.... so i decided to post again. My budget is $1,300. I guess the best way to start and for me to get some info on the parts is going component by component. Ill check this everyday. Thanks everyone for your help.
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Old 03-15-2008, 11:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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E8400 is pretty much what your going to want for your CPU unless you want a quad...i see no reason with that much money why you wouldn't.
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from what i've seen, it seems like everyone is saying that intels are much better now than amd. Is the E8400 better than the Core 2 Duo E6850? They are both roughly the same price. Also, is a quad core really that much better to have right now for the money? I figure i can get either a really good dual core, or an ok quad core. I dont know, im still fairly new at this. And what is the advantage of the quad core?
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Yes, the number is higher, thus better specs.
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so about the quad cores. are they worth it for my price range? or should i stick with the Core 2 Duo E8400?
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Id get the Q6600 but thats just me
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Another E8400 v. Q6600...

If you are looking for a processor to last for a very long time, the Q6600 is the right path.

If you multi-task very heavily (including video/photo editing), Q6600 is the choice.

If your purpose is below the two that I mentioned before, then get the E8400.
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all im going to be using this computer for is gaming, nothing too heavy.
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Both processors can do that. But are you planning to keep this processor for a very long time, or upgrading often? If upgrading often, the E8400 is a good choice. If not, Q6600.
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Both processors can do that. But are you planning to keep this processor for a very long time, or upgrading often? If upgrading often, the E8400 is a good choice. If not, Q6600.
agreed since games are getting to be QUad-Core Intensive, eventually the q6600 > e8400 in games

but right now, it barely can read dual-cores, so e8400 is good for now if you plan on upgrading
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