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Hey everyone,

Just new to this forum, taking a while to find out how to work things on here.
I am building a budget gaming rig. I'm thinking of geting an I3 or a Q6600 but dont know whats better.
Would anyone be able to give me some advise what to get?
Thanks
post #2 of 31
Get an i3 better upgrade path to i5 or i7.

Q6600 would be better in multi core applications.
I3 would be better in single/dual core applications. But it is still a very fast machine.

But the q6600 is old and can cost more to build than an i3 because the high end motherboards and desktop ddr2 memory is expensive.
 
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I would go with the i3 550 as the q6600 is quiet old. It's a dual core with hyper threading, uses less power and it has larger overclocking head room. Both trade blows but the 550 comes out on top http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/143?vs=53
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according to passmark.com the Q6600 has 25% less performance for 4 times the price of a i3-2100
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I believe the i3-550 would be noticeably better, but would you be open to a 2nd Generation i-Series CPU (Sandy Bridge) such as an i3-2100 or even an i3-2130?  Sandy Bridge CPUs are generally faster than the 1st Generation (I can't remember what they're called).

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post #6 of 31
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Ok some great advise from you guys!
I will go for an I3 for sure.

Thanks
post #7 of 31
I've had both an i3 540 at 4.4/4.5GHz and a Q6600 at 3.6GHz for quite a while. For gaming the i3 is better. The Q6600 might be slightly better in something efficiently multi-threaded but the i3 has better clock for clock performance along with a much higher clockspeed and hyper-threading.

Edit: Nevermind, you're sorted anyway. You hadn't responded when I wrote that. tongue.gif
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Have you looked at the i3 2100? This would be a much better buy
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post #9 of 31
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Originally Posted by mrhawx View Post

Ok some great advise from you guys!
I will go for an I3 for sure.
Thanks

 

Are you open to buying an i3-2100 or even an i3-2130?  It would be even faster than an i3-550.

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post #10 of 31
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Yer i was thinking on maybe geting a 2100 Chewy, will be a big diffrence i think.
When i get parts sorted will get back to you all. I have bought a watercooling kit for it so should be good for overclocking. Like Mike said he got 4.5Ghz out of his i3, I might try going for maybe about 4Ghz at max i think as im no expert lol, but thanks again you guys.thumb.gif
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