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Greetings from Iraq. I'm new the forum. I've read quite a bit on here and decided this is probably the best place to ask questions concerning the gaming rig I plan on building after I return the states in a couple months.

I've read quite a bit about these two chips and their ability to overclock. The primary advantage I've seen mentioned with the Q6700 is it's higher multiplier.

I wouldn't say I'm new to computers as I've been around them since I was maybe 7 and my job in the Marine Corps is partly to fix computers, but I have absolutely no experience overclocking.

Right now on pricewatch.com, I'm seeing the difference in price between these two chips around $40-50. Is the extra $40-50 worth it?

I've read most Q6600s will overclock in the 3.4-3.6 GHz range and Q6700s will get slightly better. But is a few hundred megahertz worth $50?
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welcome , buying the Q6700 is only worth if you are doing intense things, if you have the money got for it
    
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welcome , buying the Q6700 is only worth if you are doing intense things, if you have the money got for it
Agree.
 
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I'd say it's worth it. An extra $30 for the 10x multi is totally worth it imho.

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Like I said, I'm currently in Iraq. I'm only an E3, but they compensate us rather well. But while I'll have the money, I want to spend as little as possible.

The most intense game I currently own is World in Conflict. I'm a huge RTS fan so I'll be getting Starcraft 2 and C&C Red Alert 3 when they come out.

I'm in doubt as to whether 3.8 GHz is really that much of a difference over 3.4 GHz.

Would I be able to purchase an aftermarket cooler for roughly $50 to eek out a little more from the Q6600? Or is that 10x multiplier really that much of an advantage?
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Thing is though (and someone correct me if i'm wrong) but i've heard the q6600's have had terrible batches recently that can't overclock as high. Doesn't the q6700 have a lower VID too?

I'm buying my PC config on newegg tonight and i just switched from a q6600 to a q6700 becasue everyone says the q6600's arent as good as they used to be. If anyone knows otherwise, however, i'd love to know. $70 more isn't too much but id rather save
    
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I'm a huge RTS fan so I'll be getting Starcraft 2 and C&C Red Alert 3 when they come out.
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Yeah, go with a faster Processor. RTS are HUGE CPU drains. I remember how i bought a nice graphics card and turned on Supreme Commander exspecting to play larger games... well... all the graphics card will help with is how nice you want it to look, but if you want an epic HUGE battle, it requires a lot of CPU calculating all that stuff.

.... In the end... for RTS my main focus would be getting a bad ass CPU.
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post #8 of 51
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I think that's the argument clincher then. Hopefully by the time I start purchasing the parts for my rig, the price of the Q6700 will have dropped closer to $200. I might not start assembling it until November or December and I would assume the release of Nehalem processors will reduce the price of older ones.

Thanks.
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The Q6700 is identical to the 6600, except it has a 10x multiplier, and the 6600 has only a 9x.
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I wonder how the Nehalem will turn out tho... Its kinda a new direction that Intel is goin. Im lookin forward to it...
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