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Hi, I have a E7200 in this rig at the but today my dad found yes found a Q6600 at work.

Now what I mean by found is my dad works for a mini skip company (Basically a rubbish dump) He found this HP computer lying in the rubbish he brought it home and gave it to me. I looked at the case and found it had written on it that it has a Q6600 Processor.

I found the power supply and graphics card where blown but after I tried a different power supply and removed the graphics card the computer booted right up except I found that the temps where a little too high so I'd say it needs new thermal paste but otherwise its running perfect.

So my question now is should I swap my cpu out with the Q6600 or should I just keep my E7200.

I use my computer for gaming, Internet browsing and multitasking allot so I do see I might have a benefit from swapping to the Q6600 but I'd like to see some opinions before I make my mind up.
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Get the Q6600, obviously.

But don't expect to overclock it at all with that motherboard.

Sell the E7200 for funding a new decent mobo, preferably with the P45 chipset.
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hell yea swap it......3.2GHz easily, 8MB cache vs 3MB, 4 cores vs 2........easy decision
    
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hell yea swap it......3.2GHz easily, 8MB cache vs 3MB, 4 cores vs 2........easy decision
Not with his current motherboard.

But yes, keep the Q6600 still. have you tried it yet? Does it work?
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Originally Posted by PanicProne View Post
Get the Q6600, obviously.

But don't expect to overclock it at all with that motherboard.

Sell the E7200 for funding a new decent mobo, preferably with the P45 chipset.
I was thinking about that since I'm buying a new case tomorrow since my case is to small for a ATX board.

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Originally Posted by PanicProne View Post
Not with his current motherboard.

But yes, keep the Q6600 still. have you tried it yet? Does it work?
I have tested it in the computer it is in at the moment and it works just that the temps are very close to the unsafe level. I'd say it just needs new thermal paste which I will probably buy tomorrow along with the new case.
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post #6 of 34
You can find excellent P45 motherboards for dirt cheap (used of course)

Something like the P5Q series from Asus: P5Q Pro, P5Q Deluxe, etc.

Great for OCing Quads.
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I just took it out of the HP and found they used hardly any thermal paste at all. No wonder the temps where high.
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There's also another thing: if that Q6600 is a B3 revision, good luck getting it to even 3ghz :/

The B3 revision Q6600s don't overclock well at all and run way hotter.

B3 Q6600 had a higher TDP than the G0 revision, IIRC.
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Wow, that's a nice find for free. Shame on whoever tossed that nice Q6600 away. While it's one of Intel's first quads (after the Q6700), it's still a very solid chip today. I'd say that would be a decent upgrade for programs that support four cores. The E7200 would probably pull ahead in single threaded programs since it's clocked higher and has architectural enhancements from the revised Wolfdale 45nm core. The Q6600 will probably run hotter since it's 65nm and a quad. You might not get much overclocking out of it on the stock cooler, so you might want to get an aftermarket heatsink. Though I'm not sure how well the G31 handles quads when it comes to overclocking, I'm guessing it might not be able to overclock quads very high. You'll never know till you try. The Q6600 does have a nice cache advantage with 8MB (well it's really 2x4MB since it's two dual-core dies on one package but it's still a nice leg up for the Q6600). You don't really have anything to lose though, you can always go back to the E7200. Pop in the Q6600 and see how you like it.
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Definitely use the Q6600.
Its getting pretty long in the tooth, but its still a good processor and it should be an improvement over your E7200 if you can OC it a bit. Especially because 2011 looks like the year when games finally go Quad Core as the norm.
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