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Confused: E6400+ P5b or E6600+P5w

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Guys please help make me make a decision.

I have been reading numerous reviews, specs and such between the boards and i know the differences. Now i am just looking for opinions.

My two options are

E6400 and P5b mobo. I heard these are better together because the board can overclock this chip to about 3.0.

E6600 and P5w i heard go together a little better. There are more benefits from the board with this chip instead of the E6400.

I will be purchasing GSKILL HZ ram. I am not sure if any of you have compatibility issues.

Thanks
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You can take that e6400 really far on some good air cooling, 3.5Ghz+

I'd get the P5B/E6400 if you arent planning on running two video cards.. P5B-Dlx is a great board.
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I'd say half and half: P5B Deluxe with the E6600. An E6400 overclocked to 3.0ghz will not be as fast as the E6600 @ 3.0ghz.

It's the cache that makes the difference, you'll have to get the E6400 to 3.3ghz to match the E6600 @ 3.0ghz, from what I've noticed, that's what it seems.

G.Skill HZ is the greatest!
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I'd say half and half: P5B Deluxe with the E6600. An E6400 overclocked to 3.0ghz will not be as fast as the E6600 @ 3.0ghz.

It's the cache that makes the difference, you'll have to get the E6400 to 3.3ghz to match the E6600 @ 3.0ghz, from what I've noticed, that's what it seems.

G.Skill HZ is the greatest!
That extra cache really doesnt do all that much.. 3.3Ghz should be pretty easy with an e6400 and a p5b deluxe, I'd save the money on the CPU and get a tuniq tower or something.. and still have $$ left over..
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i cant believe someone said cache isnt a major factor. ? maybe things have changed in the last few years or maybe it has to do with it being such a large cache. 4M is pretty big. anyway i noticed a huge difference from my p4 512k l2 to a p4 1M.
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i cant believe someone said cache isnt a major factor. ? maybe things have changed in the last few years or maybe it has to do with it being such a large cache. 4M is pretty big. anyway i noticed a huge difference from my p4 512k l2 to a p4 1M.
2mb vs. 4mb is a slight difference in performance. As Nasgul said, 300Mhz makes up the cache differnce between the two chips, 300Mhz is not very much at all when you are Oc'ing C2D. For over $100 more I don't think its worth it, especially when an OC'd e6300 can nearly do what OC'd e6600 can do and its less than 2/3ds the price. If he has money to blow, go for the e6600, but for price/performance ratio the e6300 is definitely the way to go.


Also, Just_a_Noob... learn how to spell before you go laughing at people. Centrino Dou? stoc motherboard? Microsoft Optital?
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2mb vs. 4mb is a slight difference in performance. As Nasgul said, 300Mhz makes up the cache differnce between the two chips, 300Mhz is not very much at all when you are Oc'ing C2D. For over $100 more I don't think its worth it, especially when an OC'd e6300 can nearly do what OC'd e6600 can do and its less than 2/3ds the price. If he has money to blow, go for the e6600, but for price/performance ration the e6300 is definitely the way to go.


Also, Just_a_Noob... learn how to spell before you go laughing at people. Centrino Dou? stoc motherboard? Microsoft Optital?
I beg to differ, show me a couple links to people doing 3.6+ on a e6300, cus I haven't seen any do that at 24/7 yet. Yet at the same time an e6600 albeit more expensive boasts a nearly 10% bonus clock for clock with the increased cache. And almost all of the newer e6600s will do 3.4+ easily.

Come next year the e6300 and e6400 will get a cache bump up to 4mb, but at the same time the e6600 will get a price cut down to 224USD. Take your pick, but I would still go with the e6600 because of the higher multi.
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I beg to differ, show me a couple links to people doing 3.6+ on a e6300, cus I haven't seen any do that at 24/7 yet. Yet at the same time an e6600 albeit more expensive boasts a nearly 10% bonus clock for clock with the increased cache. And almost all of the newer e6600s will do 3.4+ easily.

Come next year the e6300 and e6400 will get a cache bump up to 4mb, but at the same time the e6600 will get a price cut down to 224USD. Take your pick, but I would still go with the e6600 because of the higher multi.
Nearly 10% increase in performance for more than a 50% increase in price? not worth it in my eyes..also not that I said nearly.. an E6300 @3.5 can compete well against an e6600 at 3.6

Also, 3.6+ e6300s here, scroll down http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1075792
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How is there even a question between the two choices? The E6600 is better than the E6400 and the P5W DH Deluxe is better than the P5B Deluxe.
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