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I am going to build soon...as some of you might now and I am stuck on an E8400 or the Q6600. I hear the E8400 is great for gaming but I am looking to future proof my PC a little and go with the quad-core Q6600. I am just curious on how well it performs with Crysis and other games like cod4. This new build is going to be a gaming machine so I want to go with the best cpu choice. So let me know how the Q6600 holds up. (DELETE per the TOS)
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post #2 of 43
Hard to say - the E8400's can OC like a madman but the Q6600's will drop in price if you wait till the end of Q1

I would say at this point E8400 > Q6600 but thats just me
    
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well the future proof part, quad core gaming is nice. You'll notice 2 extra cores better then 300 extra mhz from a 8400
    
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post #4 of 43
Quad to futureproof yourself.
e8400 if you want maximum performance right now.
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Well, gaming performance is not about max GHz, lots and lots of newer games won't benefit much after 2.66 GHz mark.

I would say go with q6600 cause with a proper cooling it OCs to 3.6 GHz with ease and you won't really need that much for games. Furthermore, games are slowly moving to support quads (it might be a few titles now, but we'll see more as the time goes) and in that case 2 more cores will give a huge advantage.
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Quads are good for everything except max OC.
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In general, Dual-core is slightly better in games as of now but get the Q6600 If you want to keep it for awhile. Industry needs time to develop games to take advantage of multi-core. This trend started few months ago. By late 08 or early 09, I think more games will be able to utilize multi-core. If you upgrade quite often, get an E8400.
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Your not going to notice a difference in games from even 3.0 to 4.0Ghz on a C2Q. Get the quad, games in the future will be quad enabled (and quite a few already are).
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post #9 of 43
Quad Q6600 Hands Down. Games will soon utilise the four cores and you would highly appreciate it when they do.
    
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post #10 of 43
yep, I'd go with the q6600 g0. I've enjoyed mine so far, and its only moderately OCed
    
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