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Mutitasking w/ q6600

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Hi all,

I've just join the community and have a couple of questions on the q6600. I'm looking to build a new PC and I needed to know if the q6600 is strong enough for my multitasking needs (w/o overclocking (yet)). The new PC (xp 64) will be running a dual monitor setup. 1st monitor will be running vmware 6.5 beta with 3 guest (3 xp OS) running a game client in each guest. Then I will open up my the same game client (host) on the same monitor. 2nd Monitor I will be encoding avi files to DVD, watch avi movies or television using TV tuner, browse the web, download, and burn movies to DVD disc. This will probably be my everyday usage.....

Q6600
4gb rams,
512mb video card

1s monitor: VMware 6.5beta: 3 guest running xp pro w/ 3 game clients. Host is also running 1 game client.

2nd monitor:encode avi, watch avi or television using tv tuners, browse web, download, burn dvd disc.

Can the q6600 handle this daily multitasking? Depending on everyone answers I'll probably build the pc or puchase it in a few weeks. Thank you all for your time.
Edited by DaRookie - 6/25/08 at 10:17am
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Well there isnt really anything that can megamultitask better than a Q6600(unless you want to pay $1k for a 9650 lol)..especially when its overclocked..just look at my specs..sorda similar with same OS, i do alot of stuff lol...i sometimes run two ubuntu vmware's while playing games and whatnot...cant really get any better!
Edited by neonlazer - 6/25/08 at 10:21am
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Depending on how you encode your video, that can use up all of your CPU power just when your doing that. As for gaming, depending on the games that will be playing, you'd need some serious video processing power to handle that, although that shouldn't take up too much CPU power. If your doing all of the task listed above at the same time, I don't think a Q6600 could handle playing 4 games at once and encoding video at the same time. Although I'm not sure what exactly you'd be doing at the same time.
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In my case, when i encode video it takes up ~95% of my 14.4ghz of processin powa..and i usually browser during that or let me sit..but running 4 games in vmware with that?...i think thats asking a bit much for today's processors lol..unless the program your encoding with isnt multithreaded and cant use your entire quad.
post #5 of 7
Id recommend at least 1GB on the vid card.

AVI to DVD encode does not take much cpu usage, usually i se affinity to core 3 & 4 and it doesnt even push them to 100%. Now 4 pass cce encodeing or intensive encodeing like that will put more of a strain.

Basicly the Q66 will do fine. If you want a little more L2cache you can get the Q9550
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WOW! you guys are fast! Thank you so much for the response. The 3 game clients on VMware is a dummy accounts to setup shop. Then I'll open up a game client on the host for regular game play (training). I do a lot of movie encoding because of my little brothers and sisters. I also watch movie (avi) everyday before I go to sleep. So I do a lot of multitasking at home. Thank you for your suggestion, I'll probably go grab the q6600 in a few weeks.
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If it turns out that you dont have enough power from one computer, you can put together a q6600 barebone for ~$500 if you just need it for processing.
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