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I play SC2 fine on my E6400 @ 3.2 and my 8800 gts
You may play it fine, but I play it great.
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My PC is 5 years old and does ok, i'm sure on my Q6600 + 5770 i'd play it great also
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OP, you don't really need a beast quad if you are going to primarily game on it. It would be suggested that you get a quad if you were considering getting into video encoding, rendering, etc. But for gaming, you should be completely fine for any game that is out. Yes, there are some games that are optimized for more cores, but they are only a few in numbers. Get a beefier graphics card instead. But its really up to you if you want to get a quad or not, they are nice, but not essentially necessary. If you are going to upgrade, I'd suggest putting money towards an entirely new rig.


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My PC is 4 years old and does ok, i'm sure on my Q6600 + 5770 i'd play it great also
FTFY <3
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The Asus P5n-E Sli 650I uses a "three phase power design" according to this.

If you're going to get a quad, upgrade your motherboard. If you're not going to upgrade your motherboard, you may as well go for Sandy Bridge.

I'm not saying that that motherboard will instantly die, but it has a good chance of dying even if you don't overclock it, and if you do overclock, then I would guess that the chances of it dying will increase dramatically.


The Q6600 post-overclock can easily draw over 140W. I wouldn't dare risk that through just three power phases.
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Thread Starter 
Buying new MOB is a waste of money ,also the current memory is not for OC so including that is a waste of money.

i will spend my money on a new SB right and that's it.
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I was thinking about sandy bridge, but honestly my Q6600 holds up just fine in games still. I'm not going to replace it until it isn't good enough anymore, which looks like still 1-2 years off.

I will say one thing though, if you do lots of video encoding or processor heavy tasks, it's definitely worth having a quad core.

I'd look for a used, but not abused, Q6600 for like $80-90. Sell off your current chip to help offset the cost, and you should be good to go for another year plus.
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I'm sure i'll eventually go to sandybridge or the next big cpu release

BUT for today's software/games I have no trouble with my E6400 or Q6600

And the Q6600 @ 3.2 (will do 3.4 I know, and the owner claimed 3.6) does encoding very well. When it starts lagging behind i'll upgrade
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If you push your E6600 a bit further, I wouldn't think that you'd suffer that badly in any task even by today's standards. I used a Xeon X3440 for my previous CPU with a 470 as the GPU. Now I have a Phenom II 550 @ 3.8Ghz and the same GPU. I can hardly tell the difference. A high clock speed will more than compensate for the lack of two additional cores generally.

Any program that will make full use of all cores will leave the dual core in the dust, but most applications, including vastly popular games, tend to use just a pair of cores or even just a single core at that. WoW, contrary to popular belief, only uses a single core.

I say that you should try to snag a better dual core and just overclock the living hell out of it. Get something like an E8400 and push that sucker to 4GHz. That'll hold you over for a while. ^^
     
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