Originally Posted by sabbathcrazy
3.0 is good enough for the moment
I built a system for a friend that consisted of the Q6600 G0 revision, the abit IP35 Pro, and good DDR2-800 memory (exactly the same as mine). He also had the Corsair HX520 PSU. The reason he went with the Q6600 is he felt he would benefit from the extra cores.
At this point, I had not overclocked my E8400 yet. So I carefully overclocked his Q6600 to 3.0GHz and tested for several hours in Prime95. Both before and after stabilizing it, I kept saying one thing to myself: "omg this thing is slow". That's right, his Q6600 @ 3.0 GHz felt noticeably slower and more sluggish to me than my E8400 at stock. I went home that night with a new appreciation for my new E8400. I really enjoyed getting back on my computer because mine felt quick and snappy in comparison.
So when I see an E8400 owner considering a Q6600, I think about how my friend's computer compared to mine.