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a good E8400/E8500 might hit 4.0ghz while pretty much any Q6600 will get to 3.6ghz, an E8400 will not overclock 1ghz higher than a Q6600
nearly any e8400 will do 4ghz + you have to be unlucky to get one that doesnt, theres e8400s running at 5.5ghz, and e8600s running at 5.5+ so that would make my mind up on which one to get for gaming
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post #22 of 58
There isn't much difference in price between the CPUs he's looking at:

E8400 = $165
Q6600 = $185
E8500 = $190

* NewEgg pricing. Looking at this, I'd probably go with an E8500 before going with a Q6600. If I was going with a Quad, I'd get a Q9550 (~$300) or just hold off for a Core i7.
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Get a Quad. Games will begin to use more cores sooner rather than later.
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post #24 of 58
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Get a Quad. Games will begin to use more cores sooner rather than later.
yes but if he gets a quad he reallly should not get the q6600, get a 45nm quad
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I asked the same question. I got the quad and havent looked back ever since.
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theres e8400s running at 5.5ghz, and e8600s running at 5.5+
On standard watercooling? I'm doubtful.
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post #27 of 58
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I'm starting to lean towards the dual core, and later down the road when the 45nm quads come down in price investing in one of those.
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I'm starting to lean towards the dual core, and later down the road when the 45nm quads come down in price investing in one of those.
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post #30 of 58
I ask myself this question often. I thought the Q6600 would be the best buy, but it runs hotter, and is a 65nm chip compared to the 45nm E8400. Also, the Q6600 batches now OC very poorly, and also run hotter apparently.

As for me, I am thinking about going with the E8400. I think that will last me quite a long time, until the 45nm Quads come down in price. I just don't think they extra hundred + is worth paying now for the Quad over the E8400.
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