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Well, my smaller server which only hosts my resume web site, my limited access family photo web site, and a limited access FTP server was powered by an old 925 Pentium D till last night. Took off the CPU to see that there were some darkened contacts on the CPU. The mother board looked fine and worked fine with an old Celeron so every thing else is good. System won't POST with the 925 in there...even after I cleaned the contacts so I assume it is dead. I have never had a CPU die before. Interesting experience.

Any way, I thought I would look at getting a E6850 for my main rig and move the E6600 to my main server and move my Opty to the small server...but they are about $15 cheaper then a Q6600. So I have a Q6600 on the way.

Then I started thinking. Am I really even going to notice any gaming performance increase by switching in the Q6600? It might actually be more useful on my main web server. Plus then I won't have to fight through my water cooling to change the CPU and I doubt the Q6600 will be able to run at 3.6GHz.

Think I should just take the easy road here and leave my E6600 where it is?
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It depends on the game. There are very few, if any games that make use of multi-threading. However, multi-threading in games is just around the corner, especially with Intel's new Nehalem architecture coming up. For now, the biggest difference in performance is in programs like Adobe CS3 and any kind of video encoding- these programs are written for multi-threading. Also, your new Q6600 is G0 stepping which will allow you to do higher overclocks than your e6600 if you know what you're doing. Good luck!
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Well are you happy with the e6600 performance??? That is the first question. If you are, then why fix what ain't broken? If you see a NEED for a quad in the future, thats when you should be looking into it. For all you know, you would buy the quad, have the hassle of installing it, then find that nothing supports it. They say its easy to utilize a dual core, but a quad core is much harder. Keep the e6600 until quads are being used effecticly
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I've thought I've heard the Q6600 were having trouble OCing? Hmm well if it might have a chance to break 3.6GHz then I'll probally tear into my main rig. The Q6600 is probally over kill on the server any way. it is pretty populated, but THAT much.
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Its true that oc'ing a quad is harder than a dual- but tweaking the cpu and termination voltages a bit and you'll be able to get a better overclock w/ the quad
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For less money you can get E8400. That chip can go very far with OC on good MOBO.
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I don't think its a good upgrade. But if you must go Quad then yes.
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post
I've thought I've heard the Q6600 were having trouble OCing? Hmm well if it might have a chance to break 3.6GHz then I'll probally tear into my main rig. The Q6600 is probally over kill on the server any way. it is pretty populated, but THAT much.
The newer Q6600 batches aren't clocking as well as the first G0 batches Good luck if you decide to roll the dice. If it were me, I'd take the lazy route and stick with the E6600. The performance gain could turn into a performance loss if you get a crappy OCer. 3.6ghz on a quad is far from guaranteed.
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The newer Q6600 batches aren't clocking as well as the first G0 batches Good luck if you decide to roll the dice. If it were me, I'd take the lazy route and stick with the E6600. The performance gain could turn into a performance loss if you get a crappy OCer. 3.6ghz on a quad is far from guaranteed.
Well if that happened I would switch back. I am probally just going to pop the quad into the small server for now any way so I can play with it. It isn't the best mother board but it should be able to OC it some. I just have all my hoses and wires all zip tied nice. I really don't want to undo all that for nothing
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What I'd really like to know is why so many of these dual core Intel CPU's are only a few dollars less then the quad core. I said,"heck...I know it really isn't going to be all that important right now, but I might as well get the quad core
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