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Someone on the forums has an E6400 up for sale. I'm trying to decide if I want it or not. He's selling it for $85 and says he's gotten it up to 3.5GHz at 1.48v vcore. I fold with my machine a large portion of the day. Anyone have any idea how much of a performance gain I'd get over my E2180 at 3.0GHz? Is the performance gain minimal?

If I'm not going to gain very much performance, I'd probably forget the E6400 and get some of this DDR2 1066 RAM: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820231144

I'm trying to decide what I should go with. I just don't want to pass up that good deal on the E6400 if I might get enough of a performance gain out of it.

UPDATE: I decided to go with an E6600 since it has a nice 4MB of L2 cache. I also got it for only $110 from onelivestarfish which is a great deal! Already lapped and has gone up to 3.82GHz at 1.524v.
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Someone on the forums has an E6400 up for sale. I'm trying to decide if I want it or not. He's selling it for $85 and says he's gotten it up to 3.5GHz at 1.48v vcore. I fold with my machine a large portion of the day. Anyone have any idea how much of a performance gain I'd get over my E2180 at 3.0GHz? Is the performance gain minimal?

If I'm not going to gain very much performance, I'd probably forget the E6400 and get some of this DDR2 1066 RAM: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820231144

I'm trying to decide what I should go with. I just don't want to pass up that good deal on the E6400 if I might get enough of a performance gain out of it.
depends, what u use pc for? if its for gaming then you might notice better performance with faster processor but probably better performance upping with the new ram.
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Are you regular folding or SMP folding?

At best, you might shave a minute off of you current %. Keep in mind it's only a 500mhz increase in speed. Yes you will see a difference, but it's up to you whether one-two minutes off of a percent is worth the 85%.
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Are you regular folding or SMP folding?

At best, you might shave a minute off of you current %. Keep in mind it's only a 500mhz increase in speed. Yes you will see a difference, but it's up to you whether one-two minutes off of a percent is worth the 85%.
I do SMP. Also, I'm in the folding competition. I'm currently the slowest on my team. I've also been told that faster RAM can improve folding times too. Is this true?

My current RAM is sorta pathetic too. It's just one 1GB stick of Kingston ValueRAM running at 833MHz. The new RAM I want is 1066MHz stock.
 
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yes it can
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both will offer a speed increase, my old e6400 and ddr2 800 ram would actually put out some decent points. Best bet would be upgrade to more ram then save for a new cpu for later on
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both will offer a speed increase, my old e6400 and ddr2 800 ram would actually put out some decent points. Best bet would be upgrade ram then save for a new cpu for later on
Thanks for your input. I'm actually going to be getting graduation money soon as well, so I may just buy an E8400 with that since Intel is going to lower the price on that later this year.
 
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My old E6420 was able to 3.2G. Not bad. For $85, you have a 3.5G chip with 1.48V. Just watch out the temp for these L2/B2 chip.
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you can't argue with the asking price and it is a good processor, but if you fold alot have you considered a quad?
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you can't argue with the asking price and it is a good processor, but if you fold alot have you considered a quad?
A quad is out of the question if I want to be in the OCN folding competition since each team can only fold on 8 cores/CPUs. That's why I'm looking for a fast, overclockable dual core CPU.
 
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