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ok so as the title states i am now debating on whether to get a quad or a dualie to go along with either an asus maximus formula or dfi dark mobo(still debating that too). there is like a 10 dollar price difference between the two at the egg, so either one is basically the same to me for the budget.

I know that the e8400 overclocks like a mofo, and that lots of people are getting theirs at 4Ghz +.

As for the q6600, well.....its a quad. so.....yeah. and i know it has some excellent ocing potential too.

ok so here is the thing, I will not be getting a watercooling setup any time soon, so instead I will be using the zalman in my sig for all of the ocing. I'm no rookie at ocing, but by no means am i an expert.

with all of that said, can i still get an e8400 to 4Ghz stable on air? or likewise a q6600 to say 3.2Ghz on air?

thanks for any feedback, its much appreciated
post #2 of 39
i can get my quad to 3ghz on air with no very little volt changes and temps are fine. Im using a tuniq but im sure you can get 3ghz atlest.
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I was wondering this too, but I decided the q6600 would be more future-proof.
You can add speed (oc) but you can't add cores
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Q6600

-futureproof
-more capable of anything than anyone really needs (even at stock)
-good overclocker
-great performer in all tasks

Sure the E8400 is good but it is very delicate and id take 4 cores over 2 any day.
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My Q6600 runs at 3.6 GHz on air in my Maximus Formula. My E8400 ran for a week at 4.2 GHz on air in my Maximus Formula SE...

Like all OC projects, your results will vary, but both are potentially attainable. (Although OC'ing the E8400 wa MUCH easier) The Q6600 @ 3.6 GHz does, however, beat the E8400 @ 4.2 GHz in 3DMark06. (Q6600 gets ~14,500, the E8400 gets about 13,900) Considering the voltage limitation on the E8400, I really don't think anyone needs watercooling to keep it cool enough. The Q6600 though can get very hot.

Edit:

FUTUREPROOF? How often do you guys upgrade your systems... a year from now either CPU would still be considered a top performer.
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alright cool. how about an e8400? is it possible to get it to 4Ghz stable with my zalman?

EDIT: sorry didn't see the other posts. okay...hmm so you really think i can get a q6600 to more the 3.2 on this? In the end, ease of ocing would help a lot too.
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well ive owned both, i had an E8400 that did 4.5ghz and it was nice but i like a chip i can abuse so i am gonna stick with my Q
    
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my entire system throughput has been elevated by going with an e8400. Even my 3dmark scores have increased greatly by making the switch. e8400 my vote goes to!
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My Q6600 runs at 3.6 GHz on air in my Maximus Formula. My E8400 ran for a week at 4.2 GHz on air in my Maximus Formula SE...

Like all OC projects, your results will vary, but both are potentially attainable. (Although OC'ing the E8400 wa MUCH easier) The Q6600 @ 3.6 GHz does, however, beat the E8400 @ 4.2 GHz in 3DMark06. (Q6600 gets ~14,500, the E8400 gets about 13,900) Considering the voltage limitation on the E8400, I really don't think anyone needs watercooling to keep it cool enough. The Q6600 though can get very hot.

Edit:

FUTUREPROOF? How often do you guys upgrade your systems... a year from now either CPU would still be considered a top performer.
ok so basically which would be ideal for ONLY an air cooling setup. Ive seen a lot of watercooling setups thus far getting their e8400s to 4ghz and q6600s to 3.6ghz, but which cpu will give me the best performance with my zalman? you are saying the e8400 right?
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I'll put it this way, my E8400 did 4.2 GHz for a week without problems using a stock Intel HSF. The CPU runs that cool.

A Q6600 can also probably hit 3.6 GHz with the Zalman too, but it certainly runs much hotter. Overall, from my experience, the E8400 was MUCH easier to OC.

Both are great choices, it's just personal perference and depends on what you use your system for.
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