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Hey guys,
Just wondering how much of a difference its between these chips. I currently have a q6600 running at 3ghz. Can get it to 3.4-3.6 if i do a bit of trial and error. I also have the gtx 570. Would it be a big improvement in getting a new cpu? I'm not a hc gamer but like it when its smooth at a decent quality. Another option would be to wait for a few months and get the newest cpu when its out. Let me know what u think
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I loves me some Sandy Bridge.
 
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I would wait for Ivy. The q6600 is still a very capable chip.. I wouldnt say its the best, but itll get the job done until Ivy comes out.
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post #4 of 17
I'd say wait for bulldozer to come out in Sept. hopefully will lead to SB prices to go down, and you can choose which ever chip suits you.
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From what I've seen...5-10 FPS with all that money.
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I'd wait for a better/cheaper upgrade. But then again, I enjoy overclocking more than gaming.
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post #7 of 17
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Thanks for all the uick replies guys! For 5-10fps i will wait for better stuff or a price drop smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Ace_finland;14383477 
Hey guys,
Just wondering how much of a difference its between these chips. I currently have a q6600 running at 3ghz. Can get it to 3.4-3.6 if i do a bit of trial and error. I also have the gtx 570. Would it be a big improvement in getting a new cpu? I'm not a hc gamer but like it when its smooth at a decent quality. Another option would be to wait for a few months and get the newest cpu when its out. Let me know what u think

I came from using a Q6600 @3.4. My 2600K is night and day, it is incredible how much faster it is. Granted I have it at 4.4 right now, but it is worth every penny.

I noticed the people with out an SB are posting.... Should you even be in here?
    
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Don't wait, there is no point unless you want to wait a long time. If you can wait till bulldozer, then wait. Otherwise just get Sandy Bridge biggrin.gif
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I went from a Core 2 Duo ---> a q8400 at 3.2 ---> a 2500K at 4.9 GHz. Even at it's stock speed of 3.2 with turbo up to 3.7 the sandy bridge chip is clock for clock 80% faster than my old q8400. Add in the SIMPLEST overclocking ever and you've got a speed demon.

The debate between the 2500K and 2600K is essentially broken down to this: If you're doing a lot of multi-threaded tasks (Video rendering, Autocad, etc) get a 2600K, and for anything else get a 2500K. 2500K's actually overclock higher in general because they are absent of hyperthreading. My upgrade to a 2500K was $500. Sell your old components and you can make $200. $300 isn't much for a HUGE boost in performance.
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