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I've read most games today don't take advantage of four cores so I'm leaning more and more to buying a dual-core processor I can overclock better.

I've read so much about the Q6600 G0 and it's ability to consistently overclock in the 3.4-3.6 GHz range and the Q6700 G0 to hit a little higher. I haven't seen near as many threads concerning the E8200, E8300, E8400 or E8500. In the 45nm information thread, I saw a quite a few people OC an E8500 3.7 GHz and higher with three reaching just over 4.0 GHz with a heatsink. Several people reached 4.0 GHz with a heatsink on an E8400 as well. Reaching for a Q9450 doesn't look like a good idea with OC's around 3.5 GHz with a heatsink.

From the looks of things, it looks like my money is best spent on an E8400 or E8500.

Suggestions?
post #2 of 71
E8400 price for performance, I have a pretty terrible vid on both of my e8400s and they easily went over 3.8ghz, one on an bloodiron the other on a gigabyte ep35.

Also the stock e8400 heatsink I would rank just about mounting an aluminum can on the cpu and using a stock south bridge cooler.....That said it doesn't take a whole lot, just about anything with heatpipes is going to be ok, I am pumping 1.405v into mine and at full tilt I never get over 52C.
post #3 of 71
With typical air cooling method, get the E8400.
post #4 of 71
I'd say you've got it about right E8400 is around the best performace for price and overclocks great, although once you pass 3.4ghz you arn't going to see any performance increase in games I think. As for the Q6600 if you are only gaming then don't bother but I fold as of recently and I can run SMP at 100% on two cores and play CoD4 at the same time, i've never owned a E8400-E8500 so I couldn't say much more about those..


Man I must type slow ^^
post #5 of 71
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Does anyone know if future games like Starcraft 2 or Red Alert 3 will take advantage of four cores?
post #6 of 71
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Originally Posted by chessmyantidrug View Post
Does anyone know if future games like Starcraft 2 or Red Alert 3 will take advantage of four cores?
I would put my money on it being another year minimum before we start to see a lot of games that really can use quads, and before they all do it will probably be more like 3 years. You have to keep in mind that starcraft 2 has been in development for more than 3 years.
post #7 of 71
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I hadn't realized that, though I did know tons of rumors were flying around about Starcraft 2 for a few years now.

On a side note, how much overclocking headroom would water cooling give me over air?
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100-200MHz, with most 45nm chips.
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Doesn't sound like enough of a gain to reach for water cooling. Thanks.
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Doesn't sound like enough of a gain to reach for water cooling. Thanks.
Its generally not, for the cost of good water cooling equipment.(On the 65nm its more effective because they run much hotter)
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