Originally Posted by chessmyantidrug
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.
and e8400 will generally reach 3.6GHz with little to no increase in voltage/temps. you can easily hit 4GHz with an E8400 staying within absolute max voltages. however, you don't see that big of a gain between 3.6GHz and 4GHz to justify wasting the extra voltage for a gaming setup. i run my e8400 24/7 at 3.6GHz/1.26V, i can do 4GHz @ 1.36V (after vdroop), but it just doesn't make that big of a difference in games. even in 3dmark06, i only see a couple of points. just not worth it IMO.
i bought the OEM, which was good since i always intended on getting the TT120 anyhow.