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Hi all, its pizlo again with another annoying noobie question. At least my grammar is ok :)
I've been trying to get the best possible computer in my price range, and I've came to another decision I need help on. From the beginning I have been planning to use the intel wolfdale e8400, it rins at 3.00 ghz stock and I've heard it has excellent OCing capabilities. I've also been advised to use a 4850. BTW I'm using 4G of ram.
So now the question is, would getting an intel e7200 (runs at 2.5 but I've heard can overclock to 3 or 3.5 easy) and a 4870 run games better than the e8400 and the 4850? Over clocking either one is an option for me.
Thanks.
 

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Uh-Oh conflicting replys... I'll just wait for a bit longer.
So any applications would run better with the e8400 and the 4850?
 

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Since nobody else has said it: shoot for the E8400 + 4870 :) But if that's just too much of a budget stretch, go with the E7200 + 4870, unless you have smaller than a 20" monitor, in which case just a 4850 would easily rock your world :)
 

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Zips onto something. At what resolution do you play, and what video games do you play? If your resolution is low, or you like to play RTS/RPGs, then you are probably better off with the 8400. These games stress the CPU a lot more. If however you play at 1920x1200 and/or play mostly FPS, then the 4870 will probably help more.
 

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If your resolution is medium-high and you are low on cash go for E7200 and 4850. Have money go for 4870.

If you plan on upgrading in another year better save the money for the next upgrade.

Agreed that the E7200 is low on cache but the performance loss is not much considering the price as a game's performance is mostly based on your graphics card.
 

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Thanks to all who replyed. I think I know what I'll do now. I tried to get the e8400 and the 4870 but it just doesn't fit. I think I will go with the e8400 because 1. I do other things besides gaming, video editing, photoshop, that fun stuff. 2. I think (correct me) that a 3.5ghz (small OC) core 2 duo will hold up the the processors of 2 years from now better than the GF cards will. So I think I'll just plan on upgrading in the future.
By the way I play at 1680 x 1050, I play TF2, some BF2, warcraft, Savage, I just want to be able to play good games as long as possible.
 

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Ah, that setup will be good for some time, then you can get another sub $200 graphics card in a year or two and it'll still rock, probably :)