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Going to Intel. Cpu advice needed.

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Alright I decided it was finally time to jump ship to the Intel side with the current prices being so good. Now I just need to figure out what cpu will suit me and my budget best. I do plan on doing some moderate overclocking but nothing to extreme.

My current CPU is an AMD Athlon X2 5000+ BE at 3.0ghz so I want to get something that is going to give me a huge performace increase. I plan on using everything thats in my system specs. Just changing the board and cpu. Here is the motherboard I will be using:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130098


So here are my current cpu options that I am looking at:

e5200 - probably not going to give a huge increase
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116072

e7300 - maybe. What do you guys think?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115132

e8400 - huge increase but a q600 is just a little bit more...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037

q6600 - This is what I really want but way more than I want to spend.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115018


So what do you guys think would be the best cpu for my setup? Maybe a different one? Also do you think the intel prices are going to drop anytime soon with the Phenom II coming out so soon?

Thanks!!!
 

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E7200..they clock better than the 7300
 
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Q6600 all the way. Its worth the money and is the best bang for buck out there IMHO.
 
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And almost all upcoming games will be multithreaded.
 
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Not all games though, multithreaded games like GTA IV run better on a quad at 3GHz than a dual at 4GHz.

yeah, i know that but gta 4 is very new and the amount of games that are optimized to have benefits from 4 cores are not much.

im not saying that the quad is not a bad choose, but is better a fast dual core, at least for now
 
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Man i really want the q6600 but it might just be to much money.

How much better is the e7200/e7300 than my current 5000 x2?

Oh and as for gaming I don't do to much. Mostly just a little CSS and HL2 but of course I want the option to play newer games.
 

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For a budget CPU the E5200 is an awsome chip.. you can clock it to E8400/8500 speeds with no problems.. only difference is the L2 Cache... other than that you cant beat that chip as far as price to performance ratio... and this is speaking from experience :D
 
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Man i really want the q6600 but it might just be to much money.

How much better is the e7200/e7300 than my current 5000 x2?

Oh and as for gaming I don't do to much. Mostly just a little CSS and HL2 but of course I want the option to play newer games.
An E7200/E7300 is a worthy upgrade to any AMD Dual Core processor. I have an E8400 processor, and on my cheap CPU cooler I got it to 3.6 ghz. It still runs cool. You should really look into it. The E8500 is the same processor but it costs a little more and runs a little faster. They both have the same overclocking potential. The E8600 (probably out of your price range), does overclock better. It isn't an overpriced scam product. The Q6600 is a good choice if you're into quad core processors, but the downsides are the amount of heat it gives off (mainly if you overclock) and its slow default speeds. I'd probably recommend the Q6600 since it's a quad core and has a larger L2 cache than the E8400. Sure it will run hotter but people commonly get their Q6600's to the mid 3 ghz area. If you're a professional overclocker you may be able to reach and exceed 4 ghz (not by much, and don't get your hopes up if you have air cooling).

Oh I recommend staying away from the Q8200, it's junk.
 
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For a budget CPU the E5200 is an awsome chip.. you can clock it to E8400/8500 speeds with no problems.. only difference is the L2 Cache... other than that you cant beat that chip as far as price to performance ratio... and this is speaking from experience :D
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Go with the i7 and live on the edge
Trust me if I had the money I would.

For a budget CPU the E5200 is an awsome chip.. you can clock it to E8400/8500 speeds with no problems.. only difference is the L2 Cache... other than that you cant beat that chip as far as price to performance ratio... and this is speaking from experience :D
As for the e5200 I just think its to low end to be that big of an upgrade from my athlon x2.

I think I am gonna try and pick up a used e7300 unless I can get a deal on a used q6600.
 
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Guys is $125 shipped a good deal for a used e8400. I found one for this price but need to know quick!!!
 

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Guys is $125 shipped a good deal for a used e8400. I found one for this price but need to know quick!!!
That is a sweet deal but man you should get the Q6600 far better IMHO :rockout:
 
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Well I guess I will have to decide after I get back from work (only 4 hours). Hopefully I can make it there and back its snowing like crazy outside right now.
 
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Yay doesn't look like I have to work after all. My work just called and said they were closing early and that if I did come in it would only be for two hours because of the snow. Talk about a waste of a trip.

Its snowing like crazy right now. Almost a whole foot! That may not seem like a lot to some of you guys but thats a crazy amount for where I live. (Just minutes north of Portland, OR)
 

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why not Phenom 2? If you are a AMD fan its a good choice, its about as good as a q6600/q9450/q9550.
 

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Yay doesn't look like I have to work after all. My work just called and said they were closing early and that if I did come in it would only be for two hours because of the snow. Talk about a waste of a trip.

Its snowing like crazy right now. Almost a whole foot! That may not seem like a lot to some of you guys but thats a crazy amount for where I live. (Just minutes north of Portland, OR)

HAHA I used to like in Portland OR ! You must be in Vancouver WA then . I now live in Santa Fe and well we get way more snow than you up there . :eek:
 
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why not Phenom 2? If you are a AMD fan its a good choice, its about as good as a q6600/q9450/q9550.
My motherboard won't support AM2+/AM3 and I already have the intel motherboard.
 
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HAHA I used to like in Portland OR ! You must be in Vancouver WA then . I now live in Santa Fe and well we get way more snow than you up there . :eek:
Yep good ol Vancouver. Gotta love it. I think its almost getting too crowded though. One of the fastest growing areas in the Pacific Northwest.
 

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My motherboard won't support AM2+/AM3 and I already have the intel motherboard.
if u have the board then yea, gotta go intel.


P2 is about equal with a Q6600 but the latter will prolly overclock somewhat better.
 

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Yep good ol Vancouver. Gotta love it. I think its almost getting too crowded though. One of the fastest growing areas in the Pacific Northwest.
LOL . if you can get that CPU then do so , If you can wait get the Quad it is far better IMHO .