Originally Posted by GreekElite;14316718
hahah i feel yaa, but what would you do in this situation when you do not know how to overclock but u have a choice of i5 or keep the Q6600??
i5 is most definitely faster even with the Q6600 overclocked, and while you're still limited to 4 cores, you can get more done with a single core using an i5 vs a Q6600. i5 wins that battle for sure.
I would post your budget and see what members can come up with for you. A dual CPU server mobo plus tons of RAM would be ideal for a ton of virtual machines, but that will cost you. If you're just looking for a basic upgrade, then an overclocked i5 plus all RAM slots filled with 2GB or 4GB sticks should yield a nice performance increase with your virtual machines. I know you said you don't know how to overclock, but what better time to learn? That's what overclocking is all about. Make what you have faster so you don't have to spend big bucks on new hardware. That being said, you'd have to run subzero temps on that Q6600 to overclock it high enough to compete with an i5 lol.