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Intel is cutting prices late july
Edited by whatsthatsmell - 7/10/08 at 4:23pm
    
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If you were wondering about the price of the E8600 here are a few pre sales. None in stock yet.
$323.10
http://www.pcconnection.com/IPA/Shop...ci_sku=8750818
$299.99
http://www.jr.com/intel/pe/ITE_BX80570E860/
$296.00
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Go with an e8500 if you don't mind spending the extra $40 or so. I got my OEM version on newegg for $220 just before they raised the prices. I love it cause it can break 4ghz without a sweat (considering you have a good aftermarket cooler). I'm more of a conservative overclocker, so I lowered my vcore and fsb, and I settled for 3.85 but I might test its limits in the 4ghz area later
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I have the Asus Silent Knight on my Q6600 and it cools fine. I was thinking of going with the Tuniq Tower this time around. With all the talk about about the E8400 it sounds good, i just thought having a quad folding would be better because i don't really need a quad for gaming (it's nice though).
    
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post #15 of 30
I went with the e8400 after doing a lot of research for my rig. The price for performance this was really the sweet spot. I was able to get my e8400 to 4.05ghz without any issues and staying below the safe volts (1.3v bio/1.27vcpu is what i'm at) with an arctic freezer7 pro cooler and i dont go past 58c under 100% load with it.

If you want to spend the extra money definetly go for the e8500 or e8600 the cpus are definetly worth the money.
post #16 of 30
Whoever has stated that a 10x multi is not worth it has obviously never worked with one.

Its the primary reason why the Q6700 is such a great chip.

The E8600 will do 10x450 for example meaning the ram will run at 900mhz. this allows for much tighter timings than say 9x500 (ram running at 1000mhz).

tight timings on ram make a big difference in system speed.
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post #17 of 30
I've got my E8400 running 9x467 for 4.2 GHz and I get plenty of performance in my games plus plenty of bandwidth from my RAM.

E8400 at 4GHz is a great chip, though you still have to make sure you get a good batch.
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I've got my E8400 running 9x467 for 4.2 GHz and I get plenty of performance in my games plus plenty of bandwidth from my RAM.

E8400 at 4GHz is a great chip, though you still have to make sure you get a good batch.
ditto
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post #19 of 30
Q6600 at 3.5GHz or E8400 at 4GHz?
post #20 of 30
Don't forget the E0 stepping.
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