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Hi there, after being stung by the Phenom 9500, ive decided that it may be time to switch sides.

What i wanted to know whas (considering i know nothing about Intel products):

Why is the Q6600 so popular compared to other CPU's? Considering the Q6700 is spec wise better.....

What mobo will be best suited for DDR2, HD3870X2 (rest look in my sig )?

I have generally been a ASUS user and would like to stick with them unless told otherwise. I intend to run 2 HD3870X2's so i need it to be cross-fire.

Thanks in advance for all the advice that you guys can give me

P.S. Oh and the reason for asking the initial Q was to see if i would be better getting a Q6600 or a Q6700, sadly the extreme editions are way beyond my funding lol
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post #2 of 13
A lot people are liking the DFI DK boards, and supposedly o/c quads very well. Other than that you will need to look into an x38/x48 board to crossfire. I'm sure that some other people will be able to recommend more boards.
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Everyone buys the Q6600 because it's so much cheaper than the Q6700, which isn't much faster at all. It will OC to at least 3.2GHz anyways, so yeah...

The Q6700 might allow you to OC more, but it's all up to your budget.
    
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Yeah i hear that i can see the price difference and so ill stick to the Q6600. However i found 3 different versions of the same processor. Im guessing the 1st one in my list of 3 is the best but whats the difference between the 3?

Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600
Intel Core 2 Quad Go Q6600
Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 "Energy Efficient SLACR 95W Edition"

Also is it better to go for a X48 or a X38 (guessing X48 but ill ask none the less)

Thanks for all the input guys its much appreciated :thimb:
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My bros got the Asus P5E X38. It uses the same chipsets as the Maximus Formula. I think its a great Mobo for the money instead of going with the Maximus Formula save about $40 for the same chipsets. go to youtube and type in P5E at 3:50 Logan will show you if you havent seen it. This motherboard runs flawless with the Q6600 @3.6Ghz.

here is the P5E my bros got for $224.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131219

here is the Maximus Formula for $279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131227

so you save about $55 bucks.
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Cool looking at overclockers.co.uk i see that the mobo your brother is using is valued a very good price. So with the Q6600 and the HD3870X2 is it best to stick with X38 or X48? or is it a budget thing? I kinda gimped on the mobo last time and now im paying the price. I dont wanna fall into the same trap where features will be disabled for my CPU in bios etc.
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post #7 of 13
Yeah X38 and X48 will be great Mobos for you especially having that 3870x2. But yeah that P5e will be your best value. Good luck on your new Intel build and welcome to the darkside lol My bro switched from AMD to Intel not too long ago and thats what I said to him too

$100 more and you can get the Q9450 at "small center" its going for $350 but you get a $50 gift card with it. My bro with the Q6600 hates his temps.
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Originally Posted by Chaos Prime View Post
Yeah i hear that i can see the price difference and so ill stick to the Q6600. However i found 3 different versions of the same processor. Im guessing the 1st one in my list of 3 is the best but whats the difference between the 3?

Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600
Intel Core 2 Quad Go Q6600
Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 "Energy Efficient SLACR 95W Edition"

Also is it better to go for a X48 or a X38 (guessing X48 but ill ask none the less)

Thanks for all the input guys its much appreciated :thimb:
2 and 3 are the same. G0 at 95W. B3 is 105W. X48 is a rev of x38. I would go for G0 Q6600 and x38 even a nice P35 board.
post #9 of 13
With a single 3870x2 an X38 board is a waste of money.

The Gigabyte P35-DS3L or R (The R has onboard RAID, if you care) are $80-$130 and just as good for your system. The ASUS P35 boards are, unfortunately, both more expensive and less well regarded, but the P5K boards are out there if you want to look at them. The P5K SE isn't too expensive.

DFI makes good P35 boards too, but they're overpriced.

The real budget entry is the ABIT IP35-E, at $60 after MIR, which is appallingly good value. A good overclockers' P35 board for less than a sixth the cost of the Maximus Formula.

Point is: X38 is really just P35 with extra PCIE lanes you don't need with a single slot video card like the 3870x2.
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Originally Posted by Chaos Prime View Post
Hi there, after being stung by the Phenom 9500, ive decided that it may be time to switch sides.

What i wanted to know whas (considering i know nothing about Intel products):

Why is the Q6600 so popular compared to other CPU's? Considering the Q6700 is spec wise better.....

What mobo will be best suited for DDR2, HD3870X2 (rest look in my sig )?

I have generally been a ASUS user and would like to stick with them unless told otherwise. I intend to run 2 HD3870X2's so i need it to be cross-fire.

Thanks in advance for all the advice that you guys can give me

P.S. Oh and the reason for asking the initial Q was to see if i would be better getting a Q6600 or a Q6700, sadly the extreme editions are way beyond my funding lol
Here is my 2 cents worth

All you need is a Q6600 and you can now pick one up for around $190 +/- $10, if you live near a FRY's or a MicroCenter they are about $190 and you can pick one up from Ebay for $199.00 if you are quick.
The Q6600 (G0 stepping) is popular because of price/performance, it is the best and depending on the processor you can easily get 3.6GHz especially with the boards below or any P35,X38,X48. You have a Tuniq Tower so you are set to deal with heat dissipation.
I am a believer in low VID processors not to say that they OverClock better, but they allow you to reach a higher speed on less voltage, which theoretically will mean less heat. (Currently priming at 3.5GHz on 1.28v now for 3h, VID=1.2375v).
Also do not buy an OEM even though it might be cheaper, I think they are second rate chips that are destined for the HP's and Dell that are put into systems that are not for overclocking (Just my opinion and I have no proof that they are inferior, just observation from folks who cannot push past 3.2GHz as these are mainly VID=1.3250v although they do get lower, though MB quality and generation has much to do with performance as well).

You do not need to pay an extra $40 + for a Q6700 as it won't buy you anymore performance.

As to a Board I am partial to DFI since the Opteron Days and yes they are the Best and that is why you may pay a little more for it. Though the New ASUS Rampage aint exactly cheap either.

All you need to consider is do you want crossfire or not but since you want to go with an HD3870 X2 I assuming no Crossfire, but should you want to at some future date, Then go with a DFI X38, if you think you will get an extreme QX97XX one day (1600 FSB) go with the DFI X48.

If you do not want to go crossfire, the go with the DFI LP LT P35, the P35,X38 and X48 are all from Intel's BearLake Chipset. The difference between the DFI UT/LT and the DFI DK is basically better components on the UT/LT.
    
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