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e8400 vs q6600

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Hi all,

A friend is buying a new rig, will be doing his first build and a little OCing with my help. He's currently trying to decide between an e8400 and a q6600. I haven't kept up with processors much since shortly after the q6600 was released, but my intuition (and what I've told him) is that the q6600 will be the better bet if he's planning on doing a lot of multi-tasking (we're both in the same line of work, which involves doing number crunching on very large datasets - so gaming is not at all a concern here), but that the e8400 would be a better bet if his main concern will be to run through a single analysis (which will use at most 2 threads) without using the rig for anything else in the meantime.

Is my intuition right? Are there other factors to consider? Which chip would you buy (you can safely ignore the minimal price difference between them)?
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post #2 of 8
Well, for multi-tasking - Go for the q6600.
If you do number crunching, do you know if the program supports quads?
post #3 of 8
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yeah, it supports quads. it defaults to as many threads as you have cores, but not all operations it performs will multithread at all.
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post #4 of 8
Could you not run 2 instances of a single analysis at the same time with the quad.
I think I would still go for the quad, just to cover future developments.
post #5 of 8
There's tons of threads of this already posted.
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post #6 of 8
Strict gaming only: E8400
Some gaming with some video editing, photo editing, intense office apps, multiple apps running at same time: Q6600
     
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post #7 of 8
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thanks guys. looks like q6600 is the way to go. amount of gaming on this system will be 0, and I suspect the most common scenario will be 1 intensive data-analysis process running with limited multithreading, and a ton of office apps open (browser, word, excel, photoshop).

now over to the MB forum for recommendations....
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post #8 of 8
hardcore gaming : e8400, cant oc much higher
editing/gaming: q6600
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