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Ok, I posted a post about this before but not many people responded, so I'm hoping to hear more from more people here.

I'm going to wait until Intel's next price drop to buy my next rig, because I was going to buy a Q6600. But I now hear about the stock 3.0 GHz E6850, and am not considering buying this instead.

I am a gamer, and that will be what this rig primarily is. A gaming rig and as a hobby of course. I play mostly FPS. I play BF2, HL2, CS:S, Halo PC, CoD2, and I will definitely be getting HL2:Ep2 and Crysis.

Also, assume that I don't overclock. I will eventually overclock it (not immediately though), but I want to know which is best at stock. I'm not looking for the one that will OC the best.

So, which would be best for gaming? Dual-core E6850 @ 3.0 GHz, or quad-core Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz?

Thanks doods!
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E6850 would probably be better for gaming at stock. (Few/no games utilize quad-core) If it's built on the same tech as other E6xxx chips, a 3.0GHz will run very nicely.
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at stock, e6850

oc, q6600

cause your gaming dual core is enough and faster cores are better...
    
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Alright, so it sounds like the E6850 is best.

Alright, so which one should run cooler? (assuming an E6850 runs at a temperature like an E6600/E6700/X6800)
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In my noob opinion.... the 6850 would be better/faster
the quad core would be more future proof....some day there might be games that use all the cores???
Although, by then we will probably have bigger/better pc's

So, I think I would personally get the E6850....

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it's not a bad opinion. But you're on Overclock.net... so chances are that an Overclocker would get their h ands on a Q6600 and OC it to 6850 speeds negates the factory settings.

Then again, OC'ing a 6850 comes into play.

ideally, considering what site you're a member of, you'd be going for a cheaper E model and OCing up to the more expensive; same deal with Q6600.
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Alan Wake requires a quad core to unlock all graphic options. Down the road i'm sure other games will to.

Crysis also will benefit greatly from Quad Core.

(Core 0 = Normal Rendering, Core 1 = Lighting, Core 2 = Physics, Core 3 = Send info to GPU)

Without 2 extra cores 2 of those will have to be used by the GPU instead.


Right now you better choice would be the dual core, however if you arn't planning on upgrading within the next 1 1/2 years go with the Q6600.
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it's not a bad opinion. But you're on Overclock.net... so chances are that an Overclocker would get their h ands on a Q6600 and OC it to 6850 speeds negates the factory settings.

Then again, OC'ing a 6850 comes into play.

ideally, considering what site you're a member of, you'd be going for a cheaper E model and OCing up to the more expensive; same deal with Q6600.
lol, yeah when I hear people say "Just get this one, it's cheaper and you can overclock it to the more expensive one's speed!" I just think "well, what if you overclock the expensive one?" lol.

I WILL overclock. But I won't get watercooling, and I may even just stick with the stock cooler. So I won't be overclocking a whole lot, it's mostly just for the experience, plus the little bit of free upgrade I get
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lol, yeah when I hear people say "Just get this one, it's cheaper and you can overclock it to the more expensive one's speed!" I just think "well, what if you overclock the expensive one?" lol.

I WILL overclock. But I won't get watercooling, and I may even just stick with the stock cooler. So I won't be overclocking a whole lot, it's mostly just for the experience, plus the little bit of free upgrade I get
You won't get 50mhz extra out of the stock cooler on the Q6600. I give you my word on this. Quads basically need top of the line air cooling and a lapped heatsink or water for overclocking.
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Really dont need water cooling with these. I got mine to 3.2ghz with no prior experience, very stable. On stock cooling no less Of course im sure quad produces more heat though =(
    
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