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E8500 @ 3.5GHz VS Q6600 @ 3.5GHz, I assume that E8500 will be better for games rightnow but how does it will perform in other configurations?
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post #12 of 40
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E8500 @ 3.5GHz VS Q6600 @ 3.5GHz, I assume that E8500 will be better for games rightnow but how does it will perform in other configurations?
If they are clocked at the same speed then the quad is faster/as fast.

If you play much games, GTA IV for example almost needs a quad to run very good.

I would go quad.

-FilluX
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E8500 @ 3.5GHz VS Q6600 @ 3.5GHz, I assume that E8500 will be better for games rightnow but how does it will perform in other configurations?
Depends on what youre running. Clock for clock the E8500 is faster than the q6600. So at both 3.5 the e8500 will be faster. Now if youre running something that actually uses four cores then the q6600 would come out the victor.
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There is alot of softwares or games(except GTA IV) that actually uses four cores?! mostly It's for gaming.. (70% gaming)
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There is alot of softwares or games(except GTA IV) that actually uses four cores?! mostly It's for gaming.. (70% gaming)
Well, it is a hard choice which is being asked everyday.

Do what feels right.

My suggestion would be quad if you can get it to 3,4ghz or higher, otherwise e8400/e8500.

-FilluX
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I'd go quad whenever you can; if you have money lying around, just upgrade now, if you have a bit, but not much, maybe wait and save up to go i7.
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If you plan to play GTA IV, go for the quad. Nice to see a game actually using 4 cores properly.
An old Q6600 beats my overclocked E8400.
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Nothing. Systems have way way too much cpu today. It used to be important when more stuff got pushed off to processor but today processor has tons less jobs, tons less work and are only really about twice to 4 times and 4 to 8 times faster than they were 4 years ago but they do even less and less work every year.

If you don't plan on folding or running dedicated virtual machines you don't need them. But I don't run vista so I could be wrong there. Games haven't stressed CPU's since like the days of and directx 7. Pull up the system performance monitor and play windowed or put something like perfmon on. Just remember that windows cpu usage is usually bit exagerated cause it counts dma transfers from drives as cpu load when it's not. At least xp's does. All graphers will really distort how much your computer spends at full load and how long they stay at idle though.

I think average load on my CPU is like .5 to 1 tenth of a percent.
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Quad.

what sounds better. 4x3.6 or 2x4?
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There is alot of softwares or games(except GTA IV) that actually uses four cores?! mostly It's for gaming.. (70% gaming)
Not at the moment, but that's the point everyone is trying to make.

Everything is going quad as we speak, so what's the point of building a new system from scratch with a Dual Core, other than budget?

If one has at least $1200-1500 to currently spend on their build, i7 is the only route to go IMO.
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