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post #11 of 19
That's why I said the E6600, the E6300 only has half the cache of the E6600. I like the E6300 but definitely an E6600 for the G80. And yes, it helps to have the extra cache.
post #12 of 19
from what i've read, the 6600 doesnt overclock much higher than the 6300.. until you start using some other type of cooling other than air. the extra cache will help, not so much now, but you will be future proofing yourself.
    
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This may be a stupid question, and I am definitely a newb, but why are you looking at a E6300 and a E6600 and not considering a relatively cheap E6400...

Is it not as good at overclocking or something? Anyone want to shed some light?
because the only difference from the 6300 to the 6400 is a little bit of performance and i think a higher multiplier? So most ppl save a couple bucks and get the 6300 and just OC it like mad.

Why he is also considering the 6600 is because its a bit faster then the 6300 and the 6600 has 4mb cache instead of the 6300's 2mbcache so most ppl either get the 6300 for a budget or they get the 6600 and up depending on what they want to spend.

i hope that helped shed some light
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post #14 of 19
agreed
6300 = great value + good oc
6400 = more money, not much faster (almost pointless)
6600 = decent buy, good oc 2x cache
6700 = bit more power, same cache as 6600
6800ee = unlocked multi

so low end 6300 rocks, mid end 6600, overkill 6800ee
    
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ohhhhh, lol you guys just saved me money.

I'm getting ready for my first build and i havnt bought the processor yet. I was going to get the 6400 and use a Tuniq Tower for cooling... well good thing I have you guys
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The E6300 Rocks
    
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post #17 of 19
I wouldn't say the 6400 is pointless. On a DS3 board, you can get up around 400 FSB, and with the 8x multiplier you get 8 more MHz per FSB MHz as opposed to 7. So that's 2.8GHz vs 3.2GHz. The 680 chipset on the new eVGA board i saw got up to like 520 FSB. That was something around 3.6GHz for the E6300 and 4.1GHz for the E6400. So the higher you go, the more difference it will make.
post #18 of 19
duely noted. and rep'ed
i was speaking from a financial point of view manly. there is a pretty big (not huge) jump from 6300-6400 and small performance gain, IMO if your goin for budget "bang for buck" go for 6300. if you want more, spend more and hit the 6600 for the extra cache. just skip the 6400. not to say its useless, i had a poor choice of words
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It depends on the motherboard... many 975X based boards don't clock as well as the P965 Express based boars. The E6400 with the higher multi is a good choice in those cases.

And the E6600 does clock better than the E6300. My E6600 hits 3.51GHz on air (FSB = 390MHz). For the E6300 to hit that, you'll need an FSB of 500MHz(!). Possible, but not easy.
    
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