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post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by dklimitless View Post

Just like Pioneer said, the best upgrade from your Q6600 will be the 2500k (considering price/performance).

for the record, a Q6600 is by no means sluggish when overclocked a good deal. I really wouldn't advice the i3 at this point because I don't see why you would want to stick with two cores.... unless you have upgrade plans soon i.e.
Depending on your uses (games, video transcoding, etc.), the extra 2 cores could come in handy in general multitasking scenarios as well.

If you can get the 2500k with a good board (Also with Pioneer on the p8p67Pro ... since I have one and it is rock-solid), I strongly recommend you do that. It will keep you 'future proof' for quite a while. Also bear in mind that as resolution decreases, the work load on the CPU *generally* increases. So, playing at 1680 x 1050, though I deal for many, might begin to see CPU chokes in games that are cpu-intensive.

Finally, a few extra cores never hurt anybody tongue.gif

I have one thing to disagree with here. Resolution has little impact on the load on the CPU. You can game at 800x600, and then again at 2560x1600. Guess what? The CPU is going to be doing the same amount of work. wink.gif You're just decreasing the work done by the GPU by dropping the resolution.

In most games...the CPU is responsible for physics effects, loading, and just general work load. The resolution has no impact at all on the CPU load.
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If a upgrade is needed OP could wait for IB, get a 2500k, or get a I3 to use in a IB board and switch when it comes out.
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I have one thing to disagree with here. Resolution has little impact on the load on the CPU. You can game at 800x600, and then again at 2560x1600. Guess what? The CPU is going to be doing the same amount of work. wink.gif You're just decreasing the work done by the GPU by dropping the resolution.
In most games...the CPU is responsible for physics effects, loading, and just general work load. The resolution has no impact at all on the CPU load.

Yeah, you're right. I didn't write that properly ( don't blame me for letting OCN be the first thing I do when I wake up tongue.gif ). What I meant was that CPU limits *usually* become more apparent at lower resolutions. biggrin.gif

hahah, but thanks for clearing it up thumb.gif
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In your case I'd say buy a GPU and OC the crap out of your Q6600 just make sure it's stable. Mine never wanted to OC well, and it was too sluggish for some of my purposes. But for general gaming CPU is mostly irrelevant.

If you do upgrade I wouldn't suggest anything less than a 2500K. If you run your pc 24/7 then I'd say wait for Ivy Bridge to save on power bill.
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Well now since cooking my q6600 has become the logical option i heard my mobo can handle oc well thats why i boght it in the first place. now the problem i decided to put the multiplyer to 10 and increase the vcore V to 1.35 now my cpu just resets itself back to the currect multiplyer wich is 9x @ 3000ghz now since im running on air i figured 10x is my max wich would put me around 3.3ghz but the damn cpu just resets it self without failing post or anything abnormal it just wont start up with that multiplyer. now my memory is unlinked. what the heck am i forgetting its been a while tongue.gif
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You probably have the vcore too low, or need to up the chipset voltage. RAM multi might need lowered?
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I upgraded from a Q9300 @ 3.6ghz to my i3 540 @ 4.2ghz. Let me tell you the difference in clock speed and ddr3 memory bandwidth was phenomenal. I still have yet to play a game that bottlenecks my i3 before my 570sli.

Get the 1156 socket i3 rather than the newer 1155 unless you eventually plan to get a 2500k or a 2600k.
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What kind of cooler you got on that Q6600? youll need a decent cooler to OC cause it will get hot, The voltage can go higher, I think 1.52 is the limit if I remember correctly
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Voltage is safe up to 1.60-1.65v with that Q6600 if you can keep it cool. Just watch those temps, don't pass 70-75*C under Prime95, and you'll be fine.

Your multiplier is locked at 9x. You will NEVER hit 10x multiplier, as the Q6600 needs to overclock via FSB, not multiplier. wink.gif
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Ah well im rusty in these things. could any of you be a dear and guide me over skype or something similar on how to clock my fsb. also i need to put my memory from 800mhz to 667mhz if i want the cpu past 3ghz ? and to the cooler question ive gon a nice cooling tower with a 120mm case fan over it since my original fan burned out
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