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Well, i'm currently running an Intel® Pentium® 4 [3.4Ghz] and I think its on its way out.

1) Needs an upgrade anyway
2) Any decent level of overclocking just bluescreens windows

So, I got 2 CPUs that I thought were the best, and after seeing almost everyone on this site with a E8400/E8500 or Q6600 I thought that would be the way to go.

The programs I usually have open at the same time:

Mozilla Firefox, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Expression Web 2, Office Outlook

so what do you guys recommend.
 

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Core 2 Duo E8500 [i own one] its worth the cash, the Q6600 is a outdated cpu, its almost 2 years old, and also 65nm and just not worth buying since its old technology, the E8500 is 45nm, and can be overclocked to 4.25Ghz on air cooling easily

if you want a newer technology quad go for the 45nm quads but they are more costly

so id recommended the E8500 duel core
 

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E8500 is quite a bit more just for the extra 160mhz. Might just go with the E8400, its OC'ing top record is (3.0Ghz => 5.7Ghz) of course that must be with water cooling, would get mine to 4.0Ghz at least on my Air Cooling
 

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depends on what ur goal is. if 4.0 is a nice overclock for ur tastes, then stick to the E8400 and save a couple bucks for a better cooler or better dinner tonite... if u want 4.5ghz then i'd suggest the E8500 since its takin 1.456vcore to hit 4.5ghz E0 stepping E8400 for me. and its under water to maintain it under 62C with 100C tjmax. only reason for a Q6600 would be if u buy a used proven overclocker and u actually need to use it for encoding videos.

having programs up only uses RAM so i see no need for the Q6600...

EDIT: just a little FYI, 1.25VID E0 E8400 only took me 1.26vcore to be stable at 4.0ghz. thats damn good imo for a 1ghz overclock and will stay cool probably with the stock cooler too... E0 stepping E8400 are defined with SLB9J SPEC-C code, do not get the SLAPL which are C0's.
 

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i own a q6600 for 3 months now and i will never go back to dual core,

i mean really so much of a diference, btw its not true that the q6600 is outdated being 65nm, it simply runs on higher voltage and being a quad obviousy highet temps

i would defnetly reconend a q6600,

you can get an overclocked 8400, 8500, an overclocked q6600 will kick they'r a** like taking candy fron a kid lol

a q6600 will do 3.4 / 3.6 usually with no problems,

3.8 and 4.0 is an exeption but can be donne i just got mine to 4.0 unstable i need some more tweaking, currently it is stable at 3.8
 

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The Q9300 never was a serious contender. Intel's getting rid of it and the Q8200 just as soon as they can move out the stock, which is why they've already had price drops. No serious PC enthusiast will be caught with either one for long.

Sure you need a decent clock speed for games, and the E8500 will be a significant upgrade from what you have now, even if you never OC it. That said, all the other stuff you do will benefit somewhat from a quad core CPU, and it won't hurt your games that much.

So the question is, do you want a few extra FPS in your games, or better performance in everything else? I'd have no hesitation about getting the Q6600. (Wait, I DID get one!)
 
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