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i used to have a Q6600 @ 3.1GHz and still have a Q8200 @ stock (pre-built system), paired it with an HD 5850. i played games with it just fine like BF3. so i'd say go for the quad core if it's going to be a trade off. or at least get another Q6600 or Q8400. 2 extra cores will really help you out on multi-threaded games.
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

You won't be able to overclock it very much because they don't get along very well with the nForce chipset, especially the nForce 600 series.

Just keep the E8400 because it was the best gaming CPU of its time.

3.0 is good enough for the moment
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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.

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