Re: can u believe this
if you wanna OC go intel man... save up and sell your current amd stuff. the mobo and cpu im getting are higher end stuff but you dont HAVE to have an x38 chipset that costs $209 bucks, im sure you could settle for something less and i should've to be honest.
anyway, the E8400 stock is 3Ghz and 45nm, so it runs super cool and only uses 65w. Now, you can OC the E8400 to 3.8Ghz on STOCK air and with an aftermarket cooler people are easily hitting 4.33Ghz 100% stable. Personally, im just going to get it up to 4.00Ghz and keep it there.
right now quad core isnt worth it. it wont be for another couple years that games fully support it. however if you dont play too many games, get a quad. my E8400 oc'ed will surpass a Q6600 stock in gaming simply because games dont use 4 cores yet... keep that in mind. and if you go quad, go intel. phenoms are a space heater.
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