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So, which is better?

#1mrtywerPosted 3/28/2014 1:06:03 PM
I'm sort of new to the scene on building computers, so I wanted to know what will perform better in the long run for gaming.

My options for a processor are

Core 2 Duo 3.0GHz E8400
and
Core 2 Quad 2.5GHz Q8300

Would the 2-core perform better because of the higher frequency, or the quad core because there are more cores? The Duo is going to be a used purchase, the Quad would be new, but if it performs better, I am willing to shell out the extra for the better CPU.

Sorry for nooblet question.
#2Freakwave003Posted 3/28/2014 1:08:58 PM
Core 2 Quad 2.5GHz Q8300 is better
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#3Jprime666Posted 3/28/2014 1:09:17 PM
Don't buy either and get something newer.
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#4mrtywer(Topic Creator)Posted 3/28/2014 1:11:44 PM
Jprime666 posted...
Don't buy either and get something newer.


Budget build for only a couple hundred bucks, once I get my degree I'll build something worthwhile. The only reason these are my two options is because i already have an (albeit ANCIENT mobo) that fits LGA 775 sockets, so I'm sort of limited to my CPU type.
#5mrtywer(Topic Creator)Posted 3/28/2014 1:12:11 PM
Freakwave003 posted...
Core 2 Quad 2.5GHz Q8300 is better


Thank you, I appreciate your input
#6foodeater4Posted 3/28/2014 1:13:52 PM(edited)
edit: well nm the other posts happened while I was typing to slowly.

Both of those processors are old, I wouldn't get either.

I got a core 2 duo processors back like 2006 I think, and the quad was probably around then too.

If your on a budget you might want to look for a core i3, or maybe even a current Pentium.
#7Jprime666Posted 3/28/2014 1:12:47 PM
mrtywer posted...
Jprime666 posted...
Don't buy either and get something newer.


Budget build for only a couple hundred bucks, once I get my degree I'll build something worthwhile. The only reason these are my two options is because i already have an (albeit ANCIENT mobo) that fits LGA 775 sockets, so I'm sort of limited to my CPU type.


Well the quad then
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#8ShubPosted 3/28/2014 1:21:22 PM
I would expect the E8400 and the Q8300 to trade blows, they're essentially the same CPU (same architecture), so in applications that don't fully take advantage of all four cores, the E8400 is liable to perform better due to its higher clock speed.
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#9Kokuei05Posted 3/28/2014 1:27:14 PM
Quad is better. The cache is only an issue in dual core situations. People was just delusional or misinformed at the time when Core2Quads were just released.

Games had system requirements at dual core only. But the truth is that every 360 game ported to PC was either triple or quad core optimized. The market was just full of PC's with dual core that for marketing purposes; it was smarter to just say games only required dual core.
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