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I know there have been many threads comparing the e8400 and the q6600, but each one is different too depending on the system involved. I am also having a problem deciding between the two.

I know the e8400 is better for gaming "now" and the q6600 is better for multi-tasking, video editing, etc.

My problem is that I know that I will be lucky if I can get the q6600 to 3ghz on my board (P5N-e). It would probably be more realistic to get it to around 2.8ghz. I know the e8400 "should" oc with little trouble to 3.8ghz and beyond.

Knowing that the q6600 will not oc that well with my board, would it still be more beneficial to get the quad? When more games utilize 4 cores, will the quad work better at 2.4-2.8ghz than the dual core at 3.0-4.0ghz?

I need to try to decide soon and like many others are torn by this decision. I mainly use my PC for gaming and other common tasks. I occasionally rip a dvd or two, but nothing major. Max price I would want to spend is the price of the q6600.

What would be the best decision? Please give good reasons why you would choose one. Thanks.
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post #2 of 13
Definately the e8400. You've already stated the reasoning, no sense in getting a Q6600 when it can only go to 3ghz.
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If gaming is your primary purpose, the E8400 is better at the moment. There are only a handful of games that support more than 2 threads properly, and even within those the gain from a quadcore system is pretty much insignificant.

Basically, for 99% of the games out there, the E8400 will be faster, and you will be able to overclock it easier on your board. It's also easier to get high clocks on air cooling with an E8400.
    
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Quad will be increasingly useful for future gaming/applications since the i7 will be encouraging everyone to maximize their apps for quad core if they have not already!

It all depends on how frequent you upgrade. If you are not upgrading in the next two years or so, go with the Quad. If you will upgrade in the next two years, go with the E8400.
 
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TBH in 2 years time the Q6600 is going to be slow anyway....it does not support SSE4.1 and is significantly slower clock for clock in comparison to the wolfdale/yorkfield, which is already 1 generation old.
    
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post #6 of 13
E8400, because you mainly game, and it will overclock better, but Gunderman has a good point also.
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Originally Posted by Gunderman456 View Post
Quad will be increasingly useful for future gaming/applications since the i7 will be encouraging everyone to maximize their apps for quad core if they have not already!

It all depends on how frequent you upgrade. If you are not upgrading in the next two years or so, go with the Quad. If you will upgrade in the next two years, go with the E8400.
I am guessing that I will be upgrading within the next 2 years beings almost everything will be 4 cores or more by then. I just wasn't sure if the q6600 @ 2.8 would still be better than the e8400 @ 3.8 or not.

Why are upgrades so hard to choose from?

EDIT: Also, it there a good chance of getting the E0 stepping for the e8400 on newegg?
Edited by jbobb - 12/15/08 at 11:43am
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post #8 of 13
Wait for Phenom
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yes solid chance on newegg shipping out E0 processors.

Go with the E8400. It's still a very good overclocking chip and can handle all games fine.
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post #10 of 13
E8400 for sure.
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