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Yup, if you mainly game, e8400 is the way to go.
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but isn't it better to future proof my rig. (not that its up to date!)
what will i do with the E8400 once quad core gaming comes along?

and what abt the ram?
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i mean...does the Q6600 lack in any way compared to the E8400?
the 6600 is in my budget..
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The e8400 can achieve a much higher clock than the q6600, and with today's games, it's the clock that counts since most only use one core. Some newer games are starting to use multiple cores, but don't forget that the e8400 has multiple cores also. I think that a game that could use up to 4 cores would perform better on two cores clocked at 4.1 GHz versus a quad clocked at 3.5GHz. I'm not sure though...
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but if i gotta clock the E8400 upto 4.1Ghz, won't i need a proper cooling system? or will the stock do? i'm only asking because of the cost. i see u've got the Ultra Kaze 3000. (btw...heck of a rig!!)
ok. so suppose i go in for the E8400 what ram would i need. like wise for the Q6600.
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and remember that the current batch of q6600's are meant to be poop at overclocking.

you can get away with using an arctic cooler freezer 7 pro, i wouldn't go for 4ghz on the stock cooler and on a q6600 i wouldn't go any higher than 3-3.2 on the stocker cooler (volts dependant).
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post #17 of 31
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so if i were going for stock cooled processors, would the E8400 or the Q6600 be an ideal option?
and will i face any compatibility issues with my motherboard?
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post #18 of 31
Yes, you will have to get a new HSF to get those clocks safely.

Holy **** RAM has gotten cheap . The RAM really depends on your budget, but now everything is so cheap it might not matter. The brands I trust the most are G.Skill and Crucial, and I'm sure many others would agree with me. Here are some kits I would suggest:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231122
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231209
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231166
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231184
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231194

I believe that the pi series are the newer ones if that matters to you.

EDIT: Your motherboard is compatible with both.

I would say the e8400 would still be your best option even with stock cooling.
Edited by Aden Florian - 12/22/08 at 6:29am
post #19 of 31
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so if i were going for stock cooled processors, would the E8400 or the Q6600 be an ideal option?
and will i face any compatibility issues with my motherboard?
nope your mobo supports 45nm chips your fine.

IMHO get the e8400 but you should check out the for sale section on ocn to see if you can pick up a deal.
The main reason is that you game and the speed of the dual will help you
You mentioned future proof.....how long do you want this processor to last??
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post #20 of 31
I say just get this with push pull "2 fans" and oc the crap out of your e4600.




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