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Ask the Experts Question: Which CPU upgrade? Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200, or the Q6700?

Which CPU upgrade? Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200, or the Q6700?
I want to upgrade my Intel Pentium 4 506 to something better, help!
Question asked by Krishnakumar from India | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs Content | Posted: Nov 7, 2015 5:20 am
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I wish to upgrade my PC from Intel Pentium 4 506. I have choices for Intel Core2 duo E8400 3GHz, Intel Core 2 Quad q8200 and Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700. I am not a hardcore gamer. Which one is better for me? Please help.

Hi there Krishnakumar,


If you're not a hardcore gamer I would definitely go for one of the quad-core options. Both the Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 and Q6700 are great CPUs, with the Q6700 being a little over 10% faster than the Q8200.




An upgrade from your older Pentium 4 processor to the Core 2 Quad Q6700 is going to be huge, and while you might not use the CPU to its full potential, your system is going to feel much faster. I would also suggest doing a full backup of your files and data, and a fresh installation of Windows.


If you've got the spare money, buy a small SSD (60-120GB is fine) and the CPU/SSD upgrade would make your system feel like a completely new PC.

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