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Im buying a new CPU,graphics card and mobo this week and i was going to buy an X2, but i have changed my mind after intels rise back to the top with the core 2 duo. I consiidered an extreme 6800 but its very expensive. I have read in several places that the E6300 (the entry level core 2 duo) can be clocked up to the speed of the extreme chips. Is it money well spent or is it worth buying somthing of a higher performance index? I want a chip that i can clock to 3.0GHz at least without water cooling. I am not up to speed with all the latest intel stuff so any help would be great!!!
 

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The E6300 would be the best value, and should easily reach 3.0ghz, but you must have a quality motherboard to keep the high fsb needed to o/c stable
 

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The e6300 is great.
I OC'ed mine to 3003MHz now, without changing the voltage.
It took a while, but with ABIT's new bios it worked pretty well.
 

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The E6300 and E6400 are great CPUs but I always and highly recommend the E6600, even slightly overclock is faster than the E6300 and E6400 overclocked pass the 3.0ghz.
 

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Originally Posted by Nasgul

The E6300 and E6400 are great CPUs but I always and highly recommend the E6600, even slightly overclock is faster than the E6300 and E6400 overclocked pass the 3.0ghz.

Yeah that's what I wanted to get... but it's too pricey >.<

When prices drop, I'll get an upgrade in like a year or so
 

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Originally Posted by gohandbz88

E6300/6400 are good value CPUs. If you want to have the bigger cache and higher clock speed go with the 6600/6700.

I'm running the E6300 and its plenty quick for me since I don't do much gaming. I'm going to try and push it to 3Ghz when I have all the right components.

What are you saying? That the 6300 wont game well? I game fine on a prescott p4 stock at 3.0 and its fine, and everyone knows the 6300 is wayyyy better than any p4.
 

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My E6300 made it to 3GHz undervolted (1.28V) and under-cooled (stock, not a good thing but there are no decent PC retailers in Canada that will offer cheap shipping)

It's either E6300 or E6600. E6400 is only if you're nervous and want to be certain of hitting 3GHz.
 

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Originally Posted by ClaytonCallihan

What are you saying? That the 6300 wont game well? I game fine on a prescott p4 stock at 3.0 and its fine, and everyone knows the 6300 is wayyyy better than any p4.


I was gaming with something similar. GPU is much more important for gaming
 

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E6300/6400 are good value CPUs. If you want to have the bigger cache and higher clock speed go with the 6600/6700.

I'm running the E6300 and its plenty quick for me since I don't do much gaming. I'm going to try and push it to 3Ghz when I have all the right components.

The increased Cache between the E6400 and the E6600 has shown to be less than a 10% increase in speed per mhz in every day applications.
 

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What are you saying? That the 6300 wont game well? I game fine on a prescott p4 stock at 3.0 and its fine, and everyone knows the 6300 is wayyyy better than any p4.

Yea i dont get his comment about not doing much gaming either. I dont know that theres really many games around that would cause a 6300 to be a performance bottleneck. The guy who posted about not doing much gaming just must be lost.
 
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