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I probably will not push the Pentium much beyond the 2.4 OC, but I have been looking at upgrading the processor (the E2160 was free and I basically built around it with the thought to upgrading it later). My question is which of the following is the better choice?
1) Pentium Dual-Core E6600 Processor - 3.06GHz, Socket 775, 2MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB
2) Core 2 Duo E7500 Processor BX80571E7500 - 2.93GHz, 3MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB
3) Core 2 Duo E8200 Processor BX80570E8200 - 2.66GHz, 6MB Cache, 1333MHz FSB
The difference between the E6600 and the E7500 is pretty clear being nearly equal except a larger cache (and similar price), but between the E7500 and the E8200, one has the larger cache and the faster FSB, but the other has the faster 'speed'. I guess the larger cache and the faster buss speed is definitely an advantage, and it can always be OC'ed, but is it worth the extra $30.00?
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