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Q6600 vs Unlocked Athlon X3 450

post #1 of 25
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Hello, I have two lower end/older systems, and I am planning on giving/selling the lower quality one to my brother. The problem is that I am having a hard time figuring out which one is better. I am getting conflicting reports from everywhere it seems, so I turn to you guys.

System 1 (current system)
Q6600 at 2.7Ghz on low quality aftermarket cooler
4x1GB DDR2 800Mhz Ram
ATX 775 board - 1 PCI Express 2.0

System 2
Athlon X3 450 - 4th core unlocked - no overclock (3.2Ghz)
1x4Gb DDR3 1333Mhz Ram
AM3+ mATX board - Has 2 Ram slots total, 1 PCI Express 2.0

The rest of the components can be switched from system to system.

I have a Hyper 212 waiting to be put into whatever system I choose for myself, and I am comfortable overclocking some. I use the system mostly for gaming (BF3 being the the current one), as well as some Solidworks CAD drafting. System 1 with a GTX 460 runs BF3 well enough for me at the moment.

Thanks for your help.
Edited by AxemanACL - 11/8/11 at 1:28pm
post #2 of 25
System 2 is faster, in my opinion.
post #3 of 25
i say go for the amd setup as its a bit better as socket 775 is a bit outdated and if you are planning to more better ram for either setup, ddr2 seems to be more pricey than ddr3 these days
post #4 of 25
At first I was going to say that the Athlon II is the better choice but after some research, it seems like the Q6600, overclocked, would be the better contender. The Q6600 has a much larger L2 cache (8MB) as compared to the X3 450 (2MB total including the unlocked core). They both support all x86 extensions through SSE4 as well as virtualization. With a good CPU cooler and overclock on the Q6600, it would definitely be my choice.

EDIT: The only benefit to running the X3 450 would be the ability to use DDR3 memory. You could add another 4GB stick for very cheap and then run dual channel on the AMD board (currently it would be running single channel due to only having 1 stick installed).
Edited by darklink - 11/8/11 at 1:35pm
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post #5 of 25
for me i think the Q6600 is better. so keep the Q6600, give the Athlon X3 450 to your brother.

edit: and overclock the Q6600 to 3.0GHz. that will beat the X3 450 even if the 450 is 200MHz higher.
Edited by croy - 11/8/11 at 1:52pm
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post #6 of 25
the amd system would be better if you are thinking of upgrading in the future
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Thanks for the answers. It looks like it might as well be a toss up, since everyone answers differently. The DDR3 ram might be enough to push the AMD to the front, who knows, I may just end up flipping a coin. If I do upgrade in the future, it will probably be a whole new system, I need to save up money for a while, so it might be 2 years until I do a real upgrade.
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My guess would be a tie.
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Knowing just which board the Q6600 is on would help.Also B3 or G0 Q6600?
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i'd say the intel..IF you clock the snot out of it ::
 
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