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I was originally of thinking of getting a Q6600

but then I saw this deal for the E8400 on ncix

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...7&promoid=1019

I think I am going to get the E8400 now but I am not sure
    
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wish it was that price in US dollars damn canadians!
    
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i like the quad for multitasking. 3.6GHZ seems to be enough for most everything anyway
   
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If you want performance now, the E8400 is the way to go for sure... most games don't fully make use of 2, let alone 4 cores yet... the extra clock speed once overclocked (4.0GHz on the E8400 vs 3.6GHz on the Q6600) equates to better gaming performance.... also, you'll end up saving a bunch on cooling - the 45nm dual core only requires about a $35 cooler (xigmatek HDT-S1283, OCZ Vendetta 2 or equivalent) for maximum performance whereas the 65nm quadcore requires $50+ (monstrous air cooler or water) to achieve maximum OCs

The only two things the Q6600 has going for it are two extra cores which are of no use for gaming as well as the promise of being more "future proof"... hardly seems worth the trade-off right now as there will be more efficient/powerful quad cores out by the time games are actually optimized for them

All this coming from a guy who actually owns a Q6600 system
Edited by killa_concept - 6/5/08 at 2:01pm
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I would go with the dual core. Leave the quads for new generation of Nehalem.
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post #6 of 28
Q6600 for sure, both will reach the same overclocking limits and cost around the same place. The only difference is that the Q6600 has 4 cores instead of 2 and can handle more volts. E8400 is foolish imho.

EDIT: With your build I would hold out and wait for Nehalem. Socket 775 is a dying socket and will be dead in less than a year. Intel sockets generally last a very, very long time so with the new socket you should get at least 4 years out of it.
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If you want performance now, the E8400 is the way to go for sure... most games don't fully make use of 2, let alone 4 cores yet... the extra clock speed once overclocked (4.0GHz on the E8400 vs 3.6GHz on the Q6600) equates to better gaming performance.... also, you'll end up saving a bunch of cooling - the 45nm dual core only requires about a $35 cooler (xigmatek HDT-S1283, OCZ Vendetta 2 or equivalent) for maximum performance whereas the 65nm quadcore requires $50+ (monstrous air cooler or water) to achieve maximum OCs

The only real thing the Q6600 has going for it are two extra cores which are of no use for gaming as well as the promise of being more "future proof"... hardly seems worth the trade-off right now as there will be more efficient/powerful quad cores out by the time games are actually optimized for them

All this coming from a guy who actually owns a Q6600 system
by the time quad cores are fully used there will be new processors and better processors I see what you mean

I think I am going to buy this E8400 because of the good price and in the future I will buy Quad or octo core whatever there is by then lol
    
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The reason I have a quad is because I use it for video editing and decoding. I don't game. If I was a hard core gamer I would have a 8400. If you dont have a use for the quad right this minute, then get a 8400. By the time games are multithreaded there will be better quads.
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If you want performance now, the E8400 is the way to go for sure... most games don't fully make use of 2, let alone 4 cores yet... the extra clock speed once overclocked (4.0GHz on the E8400 vs 3.6GHz on the Q6600) equates to better gaming performance.... also, you'll end up saving a bunch of cooling - the 45nm dual core only requires about a $35 cooler (xigmatek HDT-S1283, OCZ Vendetta 2 or equivalent) for maximum performance whereas the 65nm quadcore requires $50+ (monstrous air cooler or water) to achieve maximum OCs

The only two things the Q6600 has going for it are two extra cores which are of no use for gaming as well as the promise of being more "future proof"... hardly seems worth the trade-off right now as there will be more efficient/powerful quad cores out by the time games are actually optimized for them

All this coming from a guy who actually owns a Q6600 system
ocz vendetta 2 work fine on quad core
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what is a good cooler for the E8400?
    
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