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I love my e6600 I got to 3.6 my first time around and got to 3.8 before instability was a factor. Actually I was just afraid to up the voltage past 1.5 volts so 3.7 as good as I could get. After about 3 hours of orthos- blend it failed and I went back to the majic 3.6.

I would say go for the 6420 is your budget is tight but, not to mention they seem to OC better than the latest E6600's
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just depends on your budget. e4300 is cheap and good oc-er. e6420 is also good for the 4 mb cache.
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I am prepared to spend the ££ on a 6600 if it is truly the better cpu!!
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i would get the 6320 and just oc, unless u dont feel like bothering with it. mines at 3G right now so its not too bad
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post #15 of 38
you should get 3GHz on stock cooling with the 6420 unless you live in a furnace or get scared everytime you see the load temp approach 55C

you also save money over the 6600 to get better kit elsewhere.

also, if you arent going for records then you can set the 6420 back to a comfortable speed like 2.6 or 2.8. it'll still be many times superior to a pentium4
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Go for E4300 (if u can't wait) now with P35 motherboard then upgrade to quad core's after the up coming 50% price drop
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Ive only just got my p5n-e sli board so changing that isnt an option.
OK so lets say I get a 4300 and OC it to 3ghz, would it run the same and give the same results as the other two at 3ghz??? The other two having a 4mb cache??
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Originally Posted by nick69 View Post
I cant decide which to go for!!!!!!!

E4300=very good OCing but only 2mb cache
E6420=4mb cache, higher stock speed
E6600=4mb cache even higher stock speed

Is this or should this be a no brainer???
My mind says 6600 just because, but are there any pro's for the others??

Really only gaming use and browsing. Should all be a good upgrade from my Pentium D 820!

Come on guys, make my mind up for me!!!

Nick
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I am prepared to spend the ££ on a 6600 if it is truly the better cpu!!
Well, there are other factors to consider...

If you have a motherboard that can sport massive FSB (ie +500fsb) and equally capable memory I'd say your better off not wasting money on a large multiplier like the e6600/e6700. So it comes down to either the e6320 or the e6420 since 7x500=3.5ghz and 8x450=3.6ghz = awesome performance and money saved over the e6600.

Another thing to consider would be the G0 stepping silicon and intel price cuts both slated for 7/22/07, I believe. So why not wait a couple weeks and save even more money and get a new stepping that is rumored to OC like sin on minimal vCORE? The new stepping and price drops might also open another option for you...

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From what ive read the 6600 isnt going to change price and unless a C2Q is going to be the same price as a 6600 then I wont bother with one as I wouldnt use the quads capabilities just for games.
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From what ive read the 6600 isnt going to change price and unless a C2Q is going to be the same price as a 6600 then I wont bother with one as I wouldnt use the quads capabilities just for games.
http://www.anandtech.com/tradeshows/...spx?i=2841&p=2

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lan Wake was demoed during Paul Otellini's keynote on an overclocked Core 2 Quad system running at 3.73GHz, mainly because the game itself is significantly multithreaded and could take advantage of the quad-core system. While development is still continuing on the forthcoming game, we did get some insight into exactly how Alan Wake will utilize multiple cores.

Surprisingly enough, Markus indicated that Alan Wake would pretty much not run on any single core processors, although it may be possible to run on single-core Pentium 4 processors with Hyper Threading enabled, with noticably reduced image quality/experience.

The game will actually spawn five independent threads: one for rendering, audio, streaming, physics and terrain tessellation. The rendering thread is the same as it would be in any game, simply preparing vertices and data to be sent to the GPU for rendering. The audio thread will obviously be used for all audio in the game, although Remedy indicates that it is far from a CPU intensive thread.
http://www.dailytech.com/Intel+Readi...rticle7293.htm

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Intel Core 2 Quad
Model
Core
Frequency L2 Cache
FSB July 22
Pricing
QX6800 2.93 GHz 8MB 1066 MHz
$999
Q6700 2.66 GHz 8MB 1066 MHz
$530
Q6600 2.40 GHz 8MB 1066 MHz
$266
Games will slowly become more and more multi-threaded, so it won't hurt to aim for future proofing oneself... But if the projected 266 usd is out of your price range then I would recommend the e6320/6420.
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