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I was going to get an e6240 with the gigabye p35-ds3 motherboard and call it a day, but tigerdirect.ca has a pretty good deal on the Q6600 with a free XFX 680i motherboard!

Q6600 + XFX 680i SLI motherboard for $550CAD. (An e6420 + P35-DS3 mobo is around $350)

Is it worth the extra ~$200 for the Q6600? I want to hit 3.5ghz+ either way, will I still be able to do it?
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wonder if canada is getting the price cut. if yes then wait til july 22 and see how much lower it will be. Q6600 is worth it if u do alot of stuff on your computer. vid edit, audio edit, etc.. if just for gaming, single core is sufficient heh.... get the dual core.
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Originally Posted by Takumi View Post
I was going to get an e6240 with the gigabye p35-ds3 motherboard and call it a day, but tigerdirect.ca has a pretty good deal on the Q6600 with a free XFX 680i motherboard!

Q6600 + XFX 680i SLI motherboard for $550CAD. (An e6420 + P35-DS3 mobo is around $350)

Is it worth the extra ~$200 for the Q6600? I want to hit 3.5ghz+ either way, will I still be able to do it?

No, you won't hit 3.5 with the Q6600 unless you're on water and happen to get a G0 stepping. And I imagine the prices of the Q6600 will be dropping fairly rapidly (even for you Canucks!) so you might want to hold out untill you can get it cheaper, and then choose the board you want. If you are a gamer that likes to stay on top of new games, the Q is the way to go, as multithreading will soon be a staple of modern gaming. There's plenty of threads around here to help you out with the benefits of it.
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thats a good deal go for it
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Do you really need quad core?

If two of those cores are going to be sitting idle all the time then it's a waste of money. It's up to you to decide on what *you* need.
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Do you really need quad core?

If two of those cores are going to be sitting idle all the time then it's a waste of money. It's up to you to decide on what *you* need.
No, I admit I don't need quad core... but if I'm spending $1000 on a system, should I just spend $1200 and be more future-proof?
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No, I admit I don't need quad core... but if I'm spending $1000 on a system, should I just spend $1200 and be more future-proof?
No because even a quad-core will be antiquated in less then 2 years.

Get what you need now+a little bit. An entire quad-core is completely unnecessary.
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