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Both CPU's are in similar price range, and both have very good overclocking success, so which should I shoot for. Pls to note that im not able to 'spend a few bucks more and get this or that'.. my budget is maxed with one of these two chips. I would consider getting a lesser chip, but not a more expensive one..

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well it all depends on what u wanna do with your pc
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well, average day use, surfing the net etc. But I also have an 8800GT-SC on its way to me so gaming is gonna be nice too. I wanna play crysis with medium-high to high detail. Until I can do so, im not touching it. So to sum it up, what do I wanna do? EVERYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF!

Folding when not in use, use for home-based business, use for pwnage gaming etc.
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post #4 of 22
Dude you would be able to play crysis with your sig rig with a 8800gt on high easy. I just got a phenom but I had a 5600 and a 9600gt and play on high with like 30 FPS. save the money for prices to fall or something better or if you just have to up grade go for it.
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im just sick of amd, and sick of the complete lack of support for my motherboard. its like asus just forgot about me. im not buying another asus for a while thats for sure...

Ive never purchased a brand-new intel before, ive always had used, and i wanna see what intel has on AMD right now...

You mentioned waiting, when are the prices expected to drop?
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Buy a used q6600 with a decent VID off someone on here. If you must have a new proc though, get an e8400, since the quads they're shipping out now have horrific VID's over 1.3, or so I hear.
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For gaming and everyday use, the e8400 would be the way to go. Since you mentioned folding, deffinately get the q6600. If you plan on folding at all, the quad will double your production vs. the duo.
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post #8 of 22
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For gaming, the E8400 would be better right? Because it has a higher core clock, fsb and more cache, and since games dont thread properly yet, it would really use only one core?

But for the price, I might as well find a used q6600, a number of people here have gotten 1ghz OCz on those chips and I cant wait to see that!
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For gaming, the E8400 would be better right? Because it has a higher core clock, fsb and more cache, and since games dont thread properly yet, it would really use only one core?

But for the price, I might as well find a used q6600, a number of people here have gotten 1ghz OCz on those chips and I cant wait to see that!
People have been getting 1.4GHz OCs with the e8400s. I've got one on the way. In games the e8400 is on par with the top end Intel quads and way ahead of the amd quads. Go with the e8400. The Q6600 is ancient!
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For folding, video-editting and any programs that utilize 4 cores go ahead with the quad.
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