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planning on getting a used one too this week to play around with..... It's a great chip!
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and it's super easy to overclock!
when i had my q6600 with just some pos ddr2 with a 780i ftw i got it really high wish i had some nicer hardware at the time
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Q6600 are the $h^t. You won't be disappointed.
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Originally Posted by Andr3az View Post
There is an offer for used Q6600 near my home for around 80€.
The price of new E7500 is little bit cheaper.

Which processor should I buy? This E2140 is starting to show its age I feel like it is bottlenecking my 5770.

I mostly game (all kind of other games you could think of ).


Also my board should be enough to oc it a bit right?


Thanks.

Yes, BUT make sure you are getting the G0 revision. The first revision used a lot of power, both load and idle. It used more or less 50w while idling, while the G0 used 22w. The G0 is also better for your motherboard as it will put less strain of the 4 phase VRM design when overclocking.

Having said that, the Q6600 will be ideal for your HD5770. You will notice a huge boost (at the same 3Ghz you're running the E2140) in games that take advantage of 2 cores simply because each pair of cores has 4x more cache than your current CPU, and you'll see an even bigger boost while playing games that use 4 cores (try Metro 2033 to see the difference).

Your motherboard can do 1600FSB (400x4) by O.C., as it says on Gigabyte's website, so you will probably be able to go to at least 3 Ghz, which is a great upgrade already. If you manage more, the better. The fact that Gigabyte clearly states it can do 1600 FSB is a great thing, as per Intel's specifications, the P43 chipset will of course only do 1333, so this is Gigabyte's way of saying the board is more or less certified by them to reach 1600 O.C. with stability. With a 1600 FSB you'll be at 3.6 Ghz on the Q6600, which is great!


Funny how recommendations change. Back in the summer of 2008 I had a dilemma of whether to buy a Q6600 or an E8400 for more o less the same price. I bought the E8400 because games back then still didn't use 4 cores, and it was newer tech with a faster clockspeed. Now that almost 3 years have passed, games use more than 2 cores and I am more familiar with overclocking, and the recommendation is the Q6600.
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Funny how recommendations change. Back in the summer of 2008 I had a dilemma of whether to buy a Q6600 or an E8400 for more o less the same price. I bought the E8400 because games back then still didn't use 4 cores, and it was newer tech with a faster clockspeed. Now that almost 3 years have passed, games use more than 2 cores and I am more familiar with overclocking, and the recommendation is the Q6600.
That was also because the E8400 is faster clock for clock (45nm die shrink), if you didn't use the other 2 cores.

People are saying it was like night and day moving to a quad core. I moved from the E8400 to a Q9550 and honestly I didn't notice that much of a difference except some games ran better.
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That was also because the E8400 is faster clock for clock (45nm die shrink), if you didn't use the other 2 cores.

People are saying it was like night and day moving to a quad core. I moved from the E8400 to a Q9550 and honestly I didn't notice that much of a difference except some games ran better.
Yes, and also two more megabytes of L2 cache per pair of cores. I did a lot of thinking back then to finally decide on the E8400. Don't regret a thing. I still managed to sell it second hand in November last year for € 70, while it is still worth that kind of money. And I also went with the Q9550 - yes, in some games it doesn't really matter, while in a few select others it's night and day. Running Metro 2033 with the E8400 was not a good idea LOL.
 
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