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Hey guys, a friend just gave me his old Q6600.
I'm considering building a new rig for college for decent gaming in my free time, but don't have too much money since I'm spending most of it on a laptop for studies. That being said, how is the Q6600 with today's most recent games? Is it still a good CPU with todays GTX 500's and the HD 6000's? I'm asking because since everyone is moving to SB, it seems like almost no one is putting up benchmarks anymore with the old hardware. Using the Q6600 instead of buying a whole new SB setup would save me ALOT of money, and I could focus more money into my GPU. I'm basically looking at newer stuff like Starcraft 2 and the Witcher 2. I'm gaming at 1680x1050, and don't plan to upgrade monitors anytime soon.

Any advice on the Q6600?
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What kind of motherboard do you have? A GTX 5XX would be a bit bottlenecked by anything under 3.6ghz (3.8ghz seems to be the sweet spot). Back in the day, I recall a lot of people getting their q6600s to 3.6-3.8ghz, but more recent versions (like in the last few years) seem to have trouble getting to 3.4ghz. If you've got an LGA775 board, you may want to get a 45nm quad, like a q9550 (2.83ghz, ~$300) or a q9650 (3ghz, ~$340). They can still get up to 3.8-4ghz, usually. A dual-core 45nm chip, like an e8400 (3ghz, ~$180) would probably give you higher clocks (~4ghz) than that q6600. These other chips aren't free, but it's still a lot less than upgrading to a whole new platform, and you're also paying for improved performance with a high-end card, like a GTX 560 TI (or any GTX 5XX card).

Or you could just tolerate a somewhat bottlenecked high-end gpu with a 3.2-3.4ghz overclocked, free q6600, or maybe a slightly less powerful but cheaper card that wouldn't be as bottlenecked. Wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. That chip can certainly play today's games, with a good card. Maybe not maxed out, though.

btw has your friend overclocked that chip, and if yes, has he told you how high he got it?
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My friend never overclocked it whatsoever, and I did CPU-ID it and it is one of the "G0" versions. I don't have a board or Ram for it yet, so that would be whatever the best option I could get to give me the best overclock for it that I could buy on Tiger/Newegg. And lastly, what would be a more reasonable graphics card for an overclocked Q6600 and my res? I don't need anything maxed out, I just want Medium-Highs with great framerates.
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I have a GTX 260 core 216 + E6400 dual core @ 3.2 ghz and I play SC2 at High settings at 1680x1050 smoothly

The Q6600 @ 3.2 + XFX 5770 plays everything I have at medium/high settings

I can fraps to see the fps but its very smooth
Edited by CravinR1 - 5/31/11 at 7:47pm
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Well then I guess I will look for something graphically around a GTX 260, thanks!
The main question now is, what RAM and Motherboard to get for this thing to overclock it to atleast 3.0Ghz. I have no idea what I should be looking for, and I'm looking to buy it off of Newegg or Tigerdirect. Any final help to show me what board/ram I need, guys?
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Well then I guess I will look for something graphically around a GTX 260, thanks!
The main question now is, what RAM and Motherboard to get for this thing to overclock it to atleast 3.0Ghz. I have no idea what I should be looking for, and I'm looking to buy it off of Newegg or Tigerdirect. Any final help to show me what board/ram I need, guys?
theres some sweet deals for gtx 460s on the board here

my oc'd q6600 paired with the gtx 460 was a pretty good combo, and i had a mild oc...3ghz on the old b3 revision
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Hm...well, if the chip is free, and you haven't got a motherboard or RAM yet, I guess I would say to use that chip...if you bought some other chip, and an LGA775 board w/ compatible RAM, it would probably cost more than just building a rig with more recent components (e.g. a socket 1155 rig).

As for a board and RAM to recommend, I'm not sure...For RAM, there's this, it's still pretty cheap, and it should keep pace with your chip all the way up to 3.6ghz:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145184

It's not the DDR2 Dominators, but those are hard to find now, and a bit more expensive (my RAM experience is primarily with Corsair). As for a board, well, I'd say the Gigabyte UD3P or a good Asus board, but like a lot of performance LGA775 boards, they're kind of hard to find these days, and not so cheap. It's an old socket - great, yes (I still rock it), but old. So stuff is a bit harder to find and a bit more expensive than you might think. Both Tiger and Newegg have a bunch of LGA775 boards, but I don't recognize any as being serious overclockers. Maybe someone else can help you with a board, and some other RAM suggestions.

btw someone will tell you that you might as well spend the money and build a Sandybridge rig. "It's not that much more money", s/he will say, and s/he will be right.
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i carnt oc my q6600 past 3ghz from my motherboard being capped FBS.

but with q6600 @ 3ghz and a gtx 460. i can play everything Maxed at 1440 x 900.

and i got this rig ( well cpu board and ram. ) and he has a 460 as well, so pretty much same rig ( now he upgraded to a i5 750 ect )

but he plays at 1080p and he could run everything fine.

so yeah their still a nice cpu. depends on the cost though, might be worth looking into a i3 sandy bridge, itll be pretty cheap to get and newer stocket and can upgrade to something better in the future.

but yeah depending on your buget might be something worth looking into
a cheap q6600 would be more then enough to game on

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my q6600 runs witcher 2 maxed eyefinity @ 40 - 50 fps
Crysis 2 eyefinity 60 fps
Bulletstorm maxxed eyefinity 70,
Sc2 90 fps maxed in single screen only 30 in eyefinity though, bcos the game is not multi core optimized.
Portal 2 eyefinity 119 fps

For bfbc2 I had to turn down some Settings to get 60 fps in eyefinity cos dice games are poorly optimized.

Todays games are coded for console and could be easily maxed with O/C'ed c2q and any kind of a mid range gpu as long as you o/c to 3+ GHz





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A Q6600 at 3.6 with a GTX560 will run the hell out of anything at 1680. With something like a GTX260 it will be strong enough to handle almost anything maxed at 1680, but with less FSAA on things like Crysis Warhead.

The real question is, what board are you planning on getting? Any of the classic OC 775 boards are going to cost you $80-100 (and you'll have to buy it used), and 4GB of DDR2 is relatively expensive also.
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