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Hi all

I've only had my current Core2Duo for 5 months and I'm already wanting more power.

So my question is what would be the best Quad Core to get for under £160?

I'm currently running a E6750 2.66Ghz OC'd to 3.4Ghz, do you think it would be best to stick with what I got or will my system improve with a Quad?
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Q6600?
Can be bought for £120-£125.
It's available on Scan's today only £122.95 with a free US robotics Skype speakerphone (not that I see that having much use)
http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

If I had a E6750 I wouldn't bother upgrading, but i'm tight with my money.
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Originally Posted by Torched-Geek View Post
Q6600?
Can be bought for £120-£125.
It's available on Scan's today only £122.95 with a free US robotics Skype speakerphone (not that I see that having much use)
http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

If I had a E6750 I wouldn't bother upgrading, but i'm tight with my money.
Lol

Yea, the Q6600 is the way to go. you can pick them up for around £110 if you don't mind having a B3 or £125 if you want a G0.

PS: With the money saved, get a better heatsink More like a Tuniq or a TRUE. I would check see if the freezer pro is up for the challenge first though
Personally I would get the G0 But unless you do some serious rendering/folding ect on your PC I highly doubt you will notice any real world difference.
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Yea, the Q6600 is the way to go. you can pick them up for around £110 if you don't mind having a B3 or £125 if you want a G0.

PS: With the money saved, get a better heatsink More like a Tuniq or a TRUE. I would check see if the freezer pro is up for the challenge first though
Personally I would get the G0 But unless you do some serious rendering/folding ect on your PC I highly doubt you will notice any real world difference.
I'd say in the UK it's much easier to get the Xigmatek offering, which is on Scan's today only selection too for £17 (Not much more expensive than the Arctic and not much less of a performer than the TRUE.) .

If you want free delivery create a free account at Scan's care forums on hexus.net. No post requirements either, keep all your posting for Overclock.net
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I'd say in the UK it's much easier to get the Xigmatek offering, which is on Scan's today only selection too for £17 (Not much more expensive than the Arctic and not much less of a performer than the TRUE.) .

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I don't really know much about HSF these days. But if the Xigmatek is at a good price then I would say go for it
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What kind of stuff do you do on your PC? If you're doing photoshop / CAD then maybe you might want to get a quad but right now there is only a niche market that supports a quad...

It's really up to you - but for most things your dual core will perform the same as a q6600 clock for clock since it's essentially two E6600 (close to your cpu...)

edit - if gaming is your concern don't bother with a quad - you wont see better frames. Save your money and wait for nehalem.
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NO, get the Q6700, the 6600 has had bad resent batches that suck,
plus th q6700 has an extra multi
Edited by drewfus - 6/29/08 at 7:32am
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Originally Posted by drewfus View Post
NO, get the Q6700, the 6600 has had bad resent batches that suck,
plus th q6700 has an extra multi
The Q6700 is also £40 more expensive here than the Q6600, putting it at a higher cost than in his budget.

The Xigmatek review:
http://www.frostytech.com/articlevie...id=2233&page=5
Edited by Torched-Geek - 6/29/08 at 8:07am
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post #9 of 10
i would say stick with the E6750 if your gaming. Just crank it up to 3.6ghz

like justarealguy said it depends what you do!
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i upgraded from a 130nm 3.4Ghz p4 to my Quad. About 11x faster in terms of flops performance.

I'd go with the Q6600, paid 160 for mine about 5 months ago, so £125 for a G0 now is great value for money

Bear it in mind that the new ones (even G0) don't overclock like they used to, so don't expect to be able to reach 4ghz. You might get lucky with one though, all im saying is don't set yourself up for disappointment.
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