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Q6600 or E6850 for gaming rig?

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I want to try and not buy another processor for 2-3 years and will be playing games like Crysis. Is there any benefit to go 6850 when I can OC the Q6600 to 3.0 GHz easy?
post #2 of 10
its not that easy, it all depends on all your other pieces, but overall I'd seriously suggest sticking to the quad, it will be about $266 after the July price drops...what can be better then that?
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post #3 of 10
You'd easily hit 3.0ghz with a Q6600 but then again, you'll need a Tuniq Tower 120 at least, to keep those temps down. Most motherboards with an Intel chipsets will OC it to that speed, specially a P35 chipset in the form of an ASUS P5K-Deluxe.

Because you'd have to remember that Intel is packing 4 cores in the same CPU whereas there are only two cores in the C2Ds. So, Quad-Cores will definitely run hotter. Though it's nothing a Tuniq Tower 120 can't handle.
post #4 of 10
If you've got the money for a good cooler, go with the quad and oc it. You may very well get it higher than 3.0 GHz. Soon enough, programs will be taking advantage of quad core technology, so it should last you the 2-3 years you're aiming for.
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post #5 of 10
yeah stick with the quad... e6850 is just an e6600 clocked at 333 instead of 266. (please dont flame me, i know it is a little different)
post #6 of 10
Quad all the way. Why buy a CPU with 2 cores when you can have 2x 2 vitual ones?!its like having 2 pentium dual core CPUs in one =3
    
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post #7 of 10
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I was looking at this cooler -- Thermaltake V1 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan
and this motherboard -- Asus P5N32-E nForce 680i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard

I should be all set right?
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by weltall View Post
Quad all the way. Why buy a CPU with 2 cores when you can have 2x 2 vitual ones?!its like having 2 pentium dual core CPUs in one =3
Actually, it IS having 2 Core 2 Duo dual core CPUs in one.
post #9 of 10
From personal experience I can tell you that the 680i chipset and that board in particular do not play nicely with the Q6600... I couldn't get anywhere past 3Ghz on water stably, and with my P35 i hit 3.4np

I'd suggest that you wait for DFI's cheaper P35 series and see what reviews they receive or if your waiting until July for the price drops wait for the X38 chipsets, for SLi options and even better OCing, look into the BAD AXE 3 if your brave enough...$$ but the BAD AXE series has always been monster OCers...
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Any of these below any good? I am buying from cyberpower and this is what they offer as of now - who know maybe more after 7/22.


(Quad-Core Supports) MSI P965 Neo-F P965 Chipset LGA775 Supports Core 2 Duo CPU FSB1066 DDR2/800 Mainboard w/GbLAN,USB2.0,&7.1Audio()[+0]More

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