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Just about ANY dual core CPU will be able to do at least that. The e8400 will run circles around that, stop to take a break, then start running again, lol. Yes, the e8400 would be the choice I'd go with.
I can do that with my lowly E6550, and mine isn't even OC'd Just make sure to have plenty of memory to handle all that stuff. Programs like Nero, DVD Decrypter, and DVD Shrink tend to be more memory hogs than processor hogs (at least in my experience). I'd go with the E8400 and go with higher clock speed
    
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I think that you should Go with the dual, if your gameing, And the Q6600 if your runnin video editing and stuff like that as that is what i do with mine, but They are right about the temps! As of right now Mine is Chillin at 54C and im only on a firefox page and winmedia player runnin. This processor does run alot hottor, as i had a E6700 that was a higher clock speed and dual core... Ran much cooler!!! The Q6600 processor is ok for games, as i only seeing 45fps on Crysis with a 8800gts 640mb and 8gig of ddr2 Patriot memory. I run on high specs, its ok, gets choppy... But its really designed to run Intensive programs or Massive amounts of Multitasking!!! Trust me, It can Handle what you throw at it!!! Best of Luck In your Desicion!!
    
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This machine I am building wont be a gaming system but I want it to be at least at 3.6Ghz. It will be running 2 Burners burning 2 different things at once and still be surfing the net and run smoothly. And I want it to run kind of cool. Can the E8400 do this. I have already ordered it. and could this cooler keep it under 40c


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well the Q6600 market is sucky atm so E8400 is good to get.. but if you want for like £50 or so more then the Q6700 2.66 seems to OC just nicely atm, one guy supposedly got to 4.7GHz on his (not sure what else he got) but certainly Chozart recommended it to me and so I bought one.
So far I havnt OC'd (first build yesterday). but it runs at 26C with stock cooling!
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post #24 of 31
I prefer the e8400 over the Q6600.

Lately the Quads, including the Q6700's are getting bad batches and high VIDs. I recently got a Q6700 and it had a 1.325v VID and it couldn't do 3.5 with 1.5v.

Not saying they're all like that, but I was sure disappointed. I sold it and went for the e8400.

I was able to hit 4GHz on my e8400

I also hit 3.6 at stock volts. Temps don't exceed 50c on load prime95 stable for 8 hrs. I have batch Q807A

Make sure you research batch numbers. Most should get to 4GHz though.

If I had to give up a processor right now, I'd give up my Q6600 for the e8400. I love it.
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Well damn, I guess I should have done more research before I purchased my Q6600. I only play games on this computer so I sure do regret not picking up the E8400 instead. Should I go through the trouble of returning the Q6600 in order to replace it for an E8400? I plan on overclocking whatever CPU I get if that even matters.
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post #26 of 31
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Yeah, but you can OC to 3.6, or you can Oc to 4. I know which one I'd like to brag about

I see your point about "future-proofing" a pc, but in all honesty - the future in hardware comes every couple of weeks! New things are released all the time and I think either way, you are getting a great CPU that can handle a a fair bit of stress.

If I was to buy a new CPU, I think I'd be going the duo, just because of it's gaming advantages and also of it's temps.
You can brag more if you can get a Quad to 4Ghz.
post #27 of 31
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Well damn, I guess I should have done more research before I purchased my Q6600. I only play games on this computer so I sure do regret not picking up the E8400 instead. Should I go through the trouble of returning the Q6600 in order to replace it for an E8400? I plan on overclocking whatever CPU I get if that even matters.
Seriously, both CPUs will be fine for gaming. As long as you get your Q6600 to 3.5 or higher, stick with it.
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post #28 of 31
You can get a q6600 for 180$ now if you're willing to look, and they are all mainly G0 stepping now, so you don't need to worry. I got a brand new q6600 from Fry's for 150$.


I know the 8400 has a higher FSB, but you wont notice a giant leap in performance. And if you OC the quad a lil' it will perform amazingly. I really see no reason to stick with the dual core wagon, quadcore is the future, and you can do a lot more with them, especially if you have a 64bit OS with lots of Ram.
post #29 of 31
From personally owned two quad with 1.225 and 1.215 VID and a E8400, I would recommend the E8400.

First of all, the E8400 took me like 10 minutes to get to 4.0 (1.345v) and been 12 hr OCCT stable. It will do that with just about any good aftermarket cooler.
I even tried it with a Zalman 9700...max 62c load.

Now the quads are a different story. For a quad to get around 3.6, there needs to be fine tuning involved. MCH voltages...FSB voltages...etc etc.

The two quads I got was packaged within the last two months. Yes, the VIDs are low, but even with a Lapped TRUE, the temps are very very high.

It has been said that the older quads, even with 1.30 VID, will run cooler than the newer ones even at a higher Vcore.

It takes a good board, good CPU cooler to get a quad to 3.6.
Not worth it IMO, get a e8400 if you want 4.0ghz, e7200 if you want 3.6ghz.

It is going to be a while before software and games will ultilize 4 cores more.

Yes quad-cores are for the future, but I just don't think the future is a Q6600...
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post #30 of 31
E8400 is better for gaming since it OC higher and if OC high enough it can be faster than Q6600 and also theres no games that uses all four cores (maybe crysis idk)
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