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post #51 of 71
you know what to get then buy a E8400 or if you have the cash get a X6800. trust you will be wasting cash on 2 cores you'll notice the diff i did when i stuck my Q6600 at 2.7 in over my E7200 @ 3.33 it nearly double my performance in games
post #52 of 71
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I'm sure I will notice a difference when I finally upgrade to a quad. But that won't be until the price of a Q9450 comes down to the $250 range. I don't want to get a neutered Q9300 with half the L2 cache.

I've also heard a lot of arguments talking about heat and how the old 65nm quads produce quite a bit of it.

I'm glad you saw a performance boost from your E7200 to your Q6600. I don't plan on running my E8400 at 3.33 GHz. I plan on running it at a minimum of 3.6 GHz. I'll likely aim for the fastest stable speed I can get with a HSF. And because the E8400 has less problems with heat, I shouldn't have as many problems.

I'm not saying the Q6600 is a bad chip. It's just not the best chip for my intentions. Like has been mentioned, quads don't offer any apparent advantages over duals in gaming so why bother? Once RTS games that utilize four cores come out, I'll upgrade.
post #53 of 71
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I just landed an E8400 on eBay for $167.70 shipped.
post #54 of 71
Snap that baby up then matey. E8400 is good

I would say the best for Overclocking this Year are (Not extreme)
1st E8400
2nd E7200
3rd E8500
4th Q6600
5th Q6700
6th Q9450

I might be wrong
post #55 of 71
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My only fear is a retail E8400 will be cheaper than that Q4 this year. As it stands, I saves a little over $20. My next goal is to find an Asus Maximus Formula for under $200.
post #56 of 71
A quad core offers a HUGE advantage in 3D rendering. If you use any kind of programs like 3DS Max, Maya, Lightwave, ZBrush, get a quad-core; render times are cut in half because you get four rendering buckets instead of two.

However, I do agree that there isn't much of an advantage in gaming. But since I do a lot of work in 3DS Max, I couldn't imagine going back to dual core.
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Thanks for the input. I'll only be using this rig for gaming. My everyday tasks will be performed on my laptop.
post #58 of 71
I'd say go quad.

Supreme commander, GRID, and a few other games will use the 4 cores. Not to mention we are really in a transitional phase to more multithreading.

I wouldn't be surprised if most games this year have at least some degree of quad utilized multi threading.
    
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post #59 of 71
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I already know I'll never play GRID and I seriously doubt I'll every play Supreme Commander. Either way, I don't see a handful of games enough of a reason to go with a quad unless I planned on playing each of those games.

If I can find a cheap enough Q6600, I'll play around with it and compare it to the E8400 I landed on eBay. If the Q6600 legitimately outperforms the E8400 in games, so be it. I'll sell my E8400. That or make a rig for my sister.
post #60 of 71
In a year or two, once apps start utilizing all 4 cores, you can have a faster quad core setup with the upcoming Nahelem. But, if your not upgrading for a little while, then an E8400 would suffice. Also, look at its server counterpart, the E3110.
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