Originally Posted by 31337
Yeah, I kind of have this question too. I’m going to be using a 780i with 4GB DDR2-1000 RAM, and a TRUE. I was wondering which would offer the best performance
: An E8400 at 4Ghz, or a Q6600 at 3.6Ghz (because from what I understand these are the most common max safe overclocks for these two processors)
The Q6600 is only about $20 more on NewEgg
(is this the G0 or B3 stepping one? it doesn't say), and I can't afford the Q9450 so I'm just wondering.
Well, really it depends on what you use the machine for. If you use it for gaming, go with the e8400. The average everyday user can't make use of a quad core processor anyway. The e8400 actually outperforms the Q6600 by about 25% on average. That's with both at stock speeds. The only thing the Q6600 is really better for, is running virutal machines on vmware, virtual box, quemu, etc...
If you're not running virutal machines, getting a quad core is pretty much useless at this point in time. I originally purchased a Q6600 and an E8400 at the same time and performed numerous tests on both in the same exact system. I decided to stick with the E8400 because it outperforms the Q6600 in everything but running Virutal Machines. Although, at this point, I'm considering getting a Q9450 because I run virtual machines on Linux in vmware workstation on a daily basis.
Hands down, E8400... otherwise go for Q9450.... Two best processors you can get for the money right now!
Hope this helps