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post #1 of 26
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Buddy got both and trying to determine which to keep. He was able to push Q6600 to 3.2 Ghz only so far. He pushed the E8400 to 3.8 Ghz so far. I think he can push either further - at least 3.4 or 3.6 on Q6600 and 4.0 Ghz on the E8400. As far as gaming goes, he is not noticing any difference between the two. He is also going for GTX 560 SLI very soon here. And please do not recommend a i5 or i7. Changing motherboard, processor and RAM is out of question for him at this time.
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post #2 of 26
Personally I would go for the slightly slower quad, what it loses in ghz it will make up in multitasking especially since games are starting to use all 4 cores...not many, but some
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post #3 of 26
I would go with the slightly slower quad. There are games out now that are making use of the quad core technology and should he decide to play those games he will notice a huge difference in performance of it.
post #4 of 26
hmmm tell him to keep the Q6600 since many new games r starting to use 4 cores and OC it to 3.6-3.7 and and if its water cooled 3.8-4.0 is quite achievable BUT all depends on the chip and the Stepping...Q6600 still packs a lot of punch...
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post #5 of 26
Another vote for the Q6600, it's a great processor!
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post #6 of 26
i asked myself the same question about 3 years ago. i decided to go with the quad and couldnt be happier. its like, who runs single cores anymore?? nobody, in 2 years nobody will be running dual cores anymore.
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post #7 of 26
I vote for the Q6600. It was a great processor and it's still alright today.
    
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post #8 of 26
I had the choice in 2009 of Q6600 or E8400... I went with the E8400 and am regretting it..

Another vote for Q6600.
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post #9 of 26
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Thanks all. It is one sided towards the Q6600. I will tell him to stick it back in there and try to OC up to 3.6 Ghz if possible.
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post #10 of 26
I would go e8400 if you going to be gaming and clock it at least at 4.0ghz. If not go with q6600.
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