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Hello all, and good day to you. I have a very important decision to make. I will be recieving a gift this sunday for being here on this earth (B-Day) lol. And my brother knows all I do is play with my computer 24/7. He would like to get me something newfor about 200. He asked about a case, hard drive, water cooling system, and finally cpu's. I went for the processors. Now I just figured these are good cpu's for overclocking, but if any of you come up with something better please feel free to post. I kind of got my eye on one but convincing otherwise can be accomplished. I am a pc gamer, CRYSIS, UT3, MOH, etc... My system is up to date below, please help me out. Thanks all.
    
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E8400 is a great choice and a monster overclocker and will benefit you more in gaming

The Q6600 is fantastic if your into a lot of Video Encoding and compressing large files or a huge multi tasker. For gaming it doesn't benefit much at the moment, but more and more games will start to utilise it in the near future.
 
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Agreed. E8400 is the pick if you are looking for a chip mainly for OC and gaming especially when you upgrade quite often.
Edited by linskingdom - 6/12/08 at 6:09pm
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get the Q6600, you will need it in the future when games use all 4 cores....if you just cant wait then get the E8400 you will get a higher OC
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To be very honest... given your current rig, I'd get something more lasting. GPUs: new series will come out in just a few months. CPUs: Nehalem is just around the corner.... I'd stick to your current CPU/GPU/MoBo, since an upgrade will be marginal at best and not worth $200.

I am leaning toward advising you to get a pair of HDD's in RAID0 (the 320GB WD AAKS is nice... or the 500GB Seagate 7200.11 with 32MB cache).

If you choose CPU, I'd get the E8400. Best CPU for gaming at that price, and overclocks like crazy.
    
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I was having a hard time making the same decision a while back, I went with the quad just for the sake of having 4 cores Easily OC's to 3.0-3.4ghz More if you're lucky..
But if you really want to OC alot like 4.0ghz then go with the E8400..
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Get the E8400. Chances are games won't be using 4 cores anytime soon.
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post #8 of 12
E8400 all the way!!

By the time games use quad cores to an advantage noticeably different over a dual core, the q6600 will be old news.

Although I did read good things about those hard drives chozart mentioned (the 320's)
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Q6600 -- there is no question when it comes to performance, and even price/performance

I had an E8400 and sold it for a Q6600. I also play games, believe me its not like you will get a bottleneck because Crysis is utilizing 2 C2D cores at 4.0 vs. 2 cores at 3.0

However, being able to run a **** ton of stuff at the same time = win

seriously. you'll be alt tabbing out of crysis into FF with like 300 tabs no probs.
edit: while encoding HD video in h.264
edit2: in real time
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Q6600 -- there is no question when it comes to performance, and even price/performance

I had an E8400 and sold it for a Q6600. I also play games, believe me its not like you will get a bottleneck because Crysis is utilizing 2 C2D cores at 4.0 vs. 2 cores at 3.0

However, being able to run a **** ton of stuff at the same time = win

seriously. you'll be alt tabbing out of crysis into FF with like 300 tabs no probs.
edit: while encoding HD video in h.264
edit2: in real time
Well, you likely won't get a bottleneck with most CPUs, since you have a 9600GT.. heck, an E2180 can take care of that card.

Now with his rig, (SLI-ed Ultra's), I again recommend to not even upgrade the CPU. The E6600 he has can probably hit more than 3.2GHz (I still don't understand the concept of summer overclocks, but that's just me). What's really the difference between, say, 3.5GHz and 4.0GHz in real performance? Exactly, None.

Do not upgrade your CPU at this point. Another dual core doesn't matter much, and the Q6600's that are available now are poor overclockers (unless you get a proven overclocker used from someone).

Look into a case, HDD, PSU..anythign that lasts with the onslaught of new stuff coming up within the next year or so.
    
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