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Hey all
I'm contemplating getting a Quad Core. I can afford one, so money isn't the issue - it would be a Q6600. It'd be resting inside a P5N32-E SLi

My other option is an E6600. Now, is it worth getting the Quad Core now, or waiting a while?

I must say, Crysis and Alan Wake look to use 4-Cores (I know Alan Wake will - and that looks simply amazing!!), so maybe it's worth preparing early?

Any help would be much appreciated
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Well, yeah. There are those games plus Supreme Commander that will just eat up cores left and right. But you will be able to clock a E6600 higher than a Q6600. It's a trade off kinda thing. Personally (since I have a quad) I would go with that. Especially if when those games come around my lower clocked quad is performing better than a higher clocked dual because different cores are handling separate things, instead of sharing the load.

Go for the quad! The price drop is only 9 days away!
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The highest you will get the Q6600 on air is 3.2, and thats lucky. I'd say 3.0 even on the Ultra-120 Extreme.

I have my QX6700 at 3.2 and it loads with Orthos at 69C, but 63C in normal quad-core envirnments.

Performance will be less than what you have now, just because you are overclocked higher. In the future the quad will score much higher.

TBH, stay with the E6600 until september (Crysis), then buy it. Crysis and Alan Wake are the only games i've heard of that will benefit from quad cores so far.
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The highest you will get the Q6600 on air is 3.2, and thats lucky. I'd say 3.0 even on the Ultra-120 Extreme.

I have my QX6700 at 3.2 and it loads with Orthos at 69C, but 63C in normal quad-core envirnments.

Performance will be less than what you have now, just because you are overclocked higher. In the future the quad will score much higher.

TBH, stay with the E6600 until september (Crysis), then buy it. Crysis and Alan Wake are the only games i've heard of that will benefit from quad cores so far.
4 of my air cooled quads run between 3.2 and 3.4. They fold 24/7 and dont break 65C.

I do agree that if you already have a E6600, and are just gaming, going to a Q6600 will not show big improvements right now. Prices will drop again in Q4, so there is no real rush. If you are buying now because it is time for an upgrade, and you are running something that is not cutting it at the moment, then the July price cuts may be a good time to jump in.

EDIT: You also may want to wait till then because the better support for SLI + Quad overclocking motherboards will most likely be available. Most of the best Quad Core overclockers right now are not SLI boards.
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post #5 of 31
Yup as said you won't notice the difference. But when the price drop happens and would like to start folding it would be a great investment

My E6300 is only temporary until i can afford a quad core.

It is worth it for future investment. But short term you won't see any justification.
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Hey all
I'm contemplating getting a Quad Core. I can afford one, so money isn't the issue - it would be a Q6600. It'd be resting inside a P5N32-E SLi

My other option is an E6600. Now, is it worth getting the Quad Core now, or waiting a while?

I must say, Crysis and Alan Wake look to use 4-Cores (I know Alan Wake will - and that looks simply amazing!!), so maybe it's worth preparing early?

Any help would be much appreciated
Derek
Imo, no, the Quad Core isn't worth it for most PC users (even most o/c'ers) atm and I think it'll be that way until we're a good way into 2008. Dual Core is plenty atm imo. Perhaps if you've got 4GB of RAM and want to run two instances of F@H 24/7 without it affecting your gaming and other computer use much, but otherwise it's a waste over the Dual Cores imo.

I'm waiting until January 2008 (for the UK January sales) in the hope I might pick a quad core up super-cheap, but if there's nothing about then, I won't be making the move to four cores until at least mid 2008, if not a little later.

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I would say wait till 22nd and get an E6750.
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Ah, great. Well, how much will the prices drop?
I'll get that quad when the prices drop then -
So the Q6600 will be fine in Alan Wake and stuff? (At a rough guess)?

As for the OC, the guy who's selling me the P5N32-E has a Q6600 running at 3 Ghz - he can't get any higher because of the motherboard's FSB limitations. But 3 Ghz on a Quad Core is enough for me - I'm more about games performance than actual benchmarks. And I want to play Alan Wake to its full potential
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Ah, great. Well, how much will the prices drop?
I'll get that quad when the prices drop then -
So the Q6600 will be fine in Alan Wake and stuff? (At a rough guess)?
At the Alan Wake demonstrations they are using a 4GHZ quad core, if that helps any... Not sure if it actually NEEDs that though. The game runs ultra smooth for them, no idea on what the GPUs are though.
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post #10 of 31
I have had E6300 and E6600 and the Q6600 seems to be an improvement to me in the short time I have had it...according to snthetic benchmarks the Q leads the pack...but perhaps not so in the real world.

From what I hear most AMD Dualies are more than enough to run any games...and in many instances Out Game Intel (this from real world gamers).

If you are looking to improve your gaming experience look to the best GFX card for you can afford and the fastest 4GB kit of RAM you can afford.

I don't game but I did stay in a Holiday Inn one night...a while ago.
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