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    e8400 or e8500

    So I'm fixin' to build a C2D machine for Gaming/Graphic Design. I'm just getting into the whole overclocking thing but I've been lurking on here for a while. I wanna hit 4ghz so I wonder if I should get the e8400 or the e8500. This is what I'll be doing with the processor...

    Gaming:
    Source Engine games (Half-life 2, Left 4 Dead, etc...)
    Unreal Tournament 3

    Graphic Design:
    Adobe CS3 Suite (Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)

    I'll be pairing it with either the Asus P5Q-E or the Gigabyte EP45-UD3P mobo.
    I'll be cooling with air in a P160 case with a Zalman 9500 CPU cooler.

    So should I get the 8500 or will the 8400 suffice?
    CPU - i5 750 2.6ghz (OC @ 3.8)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asphalizo View Post
    So I'm fixin' to build a C2D machine for Gaming/Graphic Design. I'm just getting into the whole overclocking thing but I've been lurking on here for a while. I wanna hit 4ghz so I wonder if I should get the e8400 or the e8500. This is what I'll be doing with the processor...

    Gaming:
    Source Engine games (Half-life 2, Left 4 Dead, etc...)
    Unreal Tournament 3

    Graphic Design:
    Adobe CS3 Suite (Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)

    I'll be pairing it with either the Asus P5Q-E or the Gigabyte EP45-UD3P mobo.
    I'll be cooling with air in a P160 case with a Zalman 9500 CPU cooler.

    So should I get the 8500 or will the 8400 suffice?
    4GHz should be relatively easy for either device. More important, make sure you get an E0 stepping. I bought an E8400 for $162 locally because I could verify E0. An E8500 is $188 at Newegg and would have been tempting if I could have been guaranteed an E0. There are C0 E8400s and E8500s. These are less desirable.

    If 4G is all you want, save the $26. I was going for 4.5G and so I probably would have spent the $26. In any case, it looks like my E8400 E0 is good for 4.4G. This chip almost does 4G at stock voltage.

    BTW, I'm very happy with the Gigabyte board. It can be had for $120 after rebate.

    -Mike

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    wouldnt matter which one to get as long as they are E0 stepping's. both would have the same chance of hitting 4ghz.

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    Thx for the advise. I'll prolly go with the 8400 then to save some money.
    CPU - i5 750 2.6ghz (OC @ 3.8)
    MOBO - ASROCK P55 Extreme
    G.Skill 4gb DDR3 2000 9-9-9-24
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb x2
    ATI Radeon HD4850 512mb x2 (Crossfire)
    Antec Earth Watts 650w
    Antec P160

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    it doesnt matter they both will bit 4.5+ easily if they are E0 , just make sure when you buy to look for SLB9J or something like that with a 9 in it..

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    E0=4.5
    C0=4.0

    usually... not guaranteed one way or the other.

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