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Before I take the leap buying my cpu, I would be interested in hearing everyones opinion on which chip will be best. I hear the E6300 and E6400 are great overclockers, but what about their big brothers with the 4M cache? I have read articles stating a E6400 can hit stock 6800 Extreme speeds. How well do these upper level Conroes compare when overclocked, and will their increased speeds justify the extra bling? Let me know what you think.
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what kind of budget do you have? super low? 6300, little more go for the 6400. willing to spend the $500 on the 6700- go for it. then extreme (X6800) has unlocked multipliers so it can get high frequencies. but it still costs $1000.
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I'll be getting a 6300 I think for my family's new HTPC.....but if I was buying for myself, I'd defn get a 6600 for the increased cache.
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post #4 of 21
e6300. you can overclock it to 3.2ghz pretty easily if you know what you're doing.
i overclock to save money along with other reasons... but the e6300 will definitely give the highest percent overclock.
i mean going from 1.86ghz to 3ghz is more than 50% right there...
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post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by Sideburns
I'll be getting a 6300 I think for my family's new HTPC.....but if I was buying for myself, I'd defn get a 6600 for the increased cache.
Agreed. If I had the budget at my time of purchase I would have gone with the E6600 for the cache - but budget said "No!" Still happy with the E6400 - VERY happy.
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what kind of budget do you have? super low? 6300, little more go for the 6400. willing to spend the $315 on the 6600- go for it. then extreme (X6800) has unlocked multipliers so it can get high frequencies. but it still costs $1000.



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post #7 of 21
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whoops, forgot it's the 6700 that's $500 right?
E6300
E6400
E6500-DOes not exist, they decided to skip one.
E6600
E6700
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post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by OzziKing
I've been doing alot of reading latley cause I'm in mthe market for new mobo and cpu. and That cpu is the one I've been looking at. The price isn't really too bad either.
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post #9 of 21
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Which cpu? I gather that the E6400 is the way to go because of its overclocking ability, and if you want 4M cache the E6600 unless one can drop the $$$$ on the extreme. I have found the extreme for 800 though.
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post #10 of 21
The 6400 and 6600 are both really good buys. I have both, and unless I couldn't afford, I'd get the 6600 every time. I just wanted one of each, but you can't go wrong either way. I may sell my 6400 soon though to my cousin, then get a 6700 for main and move 6600 to 2nd rig.
    
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