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What is best CPU for evga 680i sli A1?
I don;t use it for video encode since many ppl memtion Q6600 is best for this and I am not heavy gamer either. So i am focuse on the price of the cpu, which one will drop sooner? and best value for now?

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E8400 ftw

for now, like you said, would be the E8400. Faster FSB, higher cores, you aren't encoding videos, and not gaming heavy.

So for the best NOW value, the E8400

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Originally Posted by vincentfkc View Post
What is best CPU for evga 680i sli A1?
I don;t use it for video encode since many ppl memtion Q6600 is best for this and I am not heavy gamer either. So i am focuse on the price of the cpu, which one will drop sooner? and best value for now?

thanx
From your description of what you are "not using it for", I would recommend just getting an E7200 for a lot less $$. But if you are looking to keep the CPU for a few years, go with the Q6600 for future proofing. This is only my opinion...
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the qeustion is "price in canada"

only 50 different but 3 mb more cache...

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From your description of what you are "not using it for", I would recommend just getting an E7200 for a lot less $$. But if you are looking to keep the CPU for a few years, go with the Q6600 for future proofing. This is only my opinion...
I agree with you ericeod. The Q6600 is more future proof.

But why spend the 50 dollars if you don't need it. I had this problem for a while between these two processors, and the bottom line was that i didn't need 4 cores, like you. I also didn't game hard core or edit videos or anything. I mean, it's ultimately up to you, but you would spend that 50 bucks on an after market HSF or something.
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I agree with you ericeod. The Q6600 is more future proof.

But why spend the 50 dollars if you don't need it. I had this problem for a while between these two processors, and the bottom line was that i didn't need 4 cores, like you. I also didn't game hard core or edit videos or anything. I mean, it's ultimately up to you, but you would spend that 50 bucks on an after market HSF or something.
but if i get E7200, it will be out of date soon, I plan to use this CPU 18 months +, But i doubt the E7200 would be out of date in 12 months or less...

i am going to shop now, the Q6600 is on sale, 70 bucks more than E7200, i think i am going to get it then after 2 years usage, hope i could uprade to the QX,
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Sorry, I was agreeing with his Q6600 post.

I was talking about the E8400. You may get 3 more MB of cache, but it's also split up 4 times for the 4 cores. So you have 8 MB cache but only 2 MB per core, and most applications don't utilize all 4 cores yet so you will have a few MB sitting around. The E8400 has a 6MB cache spread over 2 cores so it has 3 per core. Don't get me wrong, I would love to have a Q6600, but for what I am going for, it wouldn't help me. IMO, the E8400 is all out better for now. Higher FSB, higher clock, higher OC
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Sorry, I was agreeing with his Q6600 post.

I was talking about the E8400. You may get 3 more MB of cache, but it's also split up 4 times for the 4 cores. So you have 8 MB cache but only 2 MB per core, and most applications don't utilize all 4 cores yet so you will have a few MB sitting around. The E8400 has a 6MB cache spread over 2 cores so it has 3 per core. Don't get me wrong, I would love to have a Q6600, but for what I am going for, it wouldn't help me. IMO, the E8400 is all out better for now. Higher FSB, higher clock, higher OC
yea, i totally agree, but the Q6600 is on sale, not the E8400, hard decision...
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yea, i totally agree, but the Q6600 is on sale, not the E8400, hard decision...
Yeah... Haha. Well mate it's all up to you. Either chip will be great!

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Yeah. Honestly, it's a tossup. They're both great chips. At least lately however, the Q6600's and some Q6700's have been getting high VID's and not faring too well in the OC dept.

Generally e8400's when overclocked to the average (4.0ghz) will outperform Q6600 on most mulitthreaded applications, since most programs and services don't fully utilize all four cores.

Obviously if you fold or if you want to futureproof, the Q6600 is for you.
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