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Poll Results: So, which one?

 
  • 35% (5)
    AMD X3 unlocked to X4 and OC to 3.5Ghz
  • 64% (9)
    Intel Q6600 OC to 3.5Ghz
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post #11 of 17
Nope, Intel and AMD play nice with any card you put in the system.

I would definitely lock down that fourth core- I bet it's what causing your issues- and overclock to 3.7 and your northbridge to 2600 or so. I'm not sure you'll get 3.7 out of your Q6600 unless you're under water cooling- the Q6600s run pretty hot, especially if it's the older stepping. On your current cooler, 3.2-3.4 might be where you hit a wall to be honest.

If all you're doing is gaming, a higher clockspeed will trump more cores for the most part. Yes, there are games that utilize that 4th core and yes those games will run better on the Q6600 if both the Athlon and Q6600 were at equal clockspeeds, but when your Q6600 is at a slower clockspeed but your Athlon X3 only has 3 cores but a 300-500MHz bonus, it is not likely that would would see a real difference.

Exceptions will be exceptions, and there are games that run better on an Intel platform (WoW, SC2, GTA4). There are also games that run better on a AMD platform, the difference is less noticeable though. Just stick with the Athlon, it'll be less of a hassle for approximately the same or better performance in gaming.
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post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
I am not really sure if my Q6600 is the more overclockable G0 one, because I dont really know what to look at? CPU-Z says
Stepping B
Revision G0

So is mine the bad or the good overclocker one?
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post #13 of 17
Yes, it's the better clocking Q6600.
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post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by markothevrba View Post
And also I heard that Intel likes Nvidia cards more and AMD processors go better together with ATI cards?
Complete myth.
    
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post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by markothevrba View Post
I am not really sure if my Q6600 is the more overclockable G0 one, because I dont really know what to look at? CPU-Z says
Stepping B
Revision G0

So is mine the bad or the good overclocker one?

Use coretemp and it will tell you your vid. I would go with the q6600 setup if it doesn't cost anything.
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post #16 of 17
I'd go for the Q6600, if you've got a G0 stepping chip it's highly possible that you can clock it to 3.5-3.7GHz. Maybe not on your current cooling though, I don't know how good your cooler is.
I've overclocked two and I've had the less good one at 3.6GHz for the past 3 years on a tuniq tower 120 cooler.

The other one is my brother's which he bought recently and it's an L737B chip, it does 3.6 like it's nothing (1.3V under load) and the only reason I'm not pushing for more is it isn't my chip.

They're rock solid chips, very hard to kill them and they're great overclockers with adequate cooling.
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post #17 of 17
Its more like a sidegrade so dont do it. You won't gain more than 10fps with switching cpu.

If you will only be doing gaming, get it back to 3 cores and overclock to 3.8ghz.
4th core is useless in gaming, GTA IV runs fine on 3 cores.
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