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I am going to be purchasing the 9800gtx+ when it comes out but I also want to upgrade the CPU, and I want to know what a good upgrade would be?
the 9800GTX is out AFAIK..... and Id go with the 8800GTS and clock it to the 9800 speeds.. or even better, 2 of them...

Id get a Q6700.... 10X multi may go a long way on your board..
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post #12 of 17
Your E6600 is good enough for the 9800 GTX+ so wait and get the E8400 when E8600 releases (2008 Q3) then the price drops on the 8400.
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post #13 of 17
why not overclock your E6600 more, i have mine at 3.456GHz at the moment, and if it wasnt for my motherboard starting to burn out i caould go higher, i've been up to almost 3.6
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post #14 of 17
Quad 66 or 67 all the way.You wont be disappointed,imo PS: the E8400 is a great o/cer to.
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post #15 of 17
I can't believe anyone would recommend an E8400 over a Q9450. I have one and it smashes the E8400 into pieces. It even betters the Xeon 8x cores in certain tests.
    
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post #16 of 17
Well, what can topple that CPU is that it will never get fully utilized in the gaming world until games become truly multi-threaded. A dual core is still the way to go for that...plus the E8400 costs like $140 less for what is still a really nice OC.
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post #17 of 17
But it hardly matters if it can OC to 4.3GHZ because it still doesn't stand up to a 3.5GHZ Q9450, which according to Everest, is more powerful than the Xeon 8x cores. Most new games are multithreaded. Most games don't use 100% of a quad core CPU, making it entirely future proof. Even Crysis, which bottlenecks according to GPU, not CPU. So, I don't see your point.

Not the mention that the E8500 is about £20 cheaper than the Q9450 and that the UK's (or one of) buggest PC retailer (Overclockers.co.uk) have stopped stocking the E8400's.
    
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