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So I have a choice, spend 300 w/tax on a q6700, or spend 900 on an i7 build. I am mostly doing x264 encoding, and 0 gaming.

Short and sweet question, what should I do?
 

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Well, my first piece of advice is to not spend $300 on a Q6700. If you want, I would get a used, known OCing Q6600 or Q6700. I am not positive about the Q6700's, but the newer Q6600's are of a lesser VID and tend to OC poorly compared to older versions.

If you are not OCing or don't want to go used, well, I would save and go i7. (you can also go with a wolfdale quad. Q9550 is a decent performaer and OCs nicely)
 

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So I have a choice, spend 300 w/tax on a q6700, or spend 900 on an i7 build. I am mostly doing x264 encoding, and 0 gaming.

Short and sweet question, what should I do?

Well if i knew what was involved with coding i would tell you, but i would say if your gonna upgrade go all the way if you can get I7.
 

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on price watch they have qx6700's for like $230....and a q9550 on newegg is like $265, why spend 300 dollars on 3 year old tech?
 

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either go with a Q9550 or go i7 espicially if your upgrading from a E6300, I wouldnt even bother looking at a Q6700
 

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i'd get a Q9550, or an i7.

buying a Q6700 isn't worth it at that price.
 

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Ok, I realize now that I wasn't clear... it's 300 CANADIAN with TAX. So we're talking 259CAD w/o tax, or in usd: 235.

I know my best bet would be a Q9xxx, but my board doesn't support 45nm... the Q6700 would be plug-and-play upgrade, but anything else would require at least new mobo, and if it's the I7, new ram too...

With that in mind, should I save for the i7? I'm pretty patient and don't mind wating... though I think the i5 might be a waste of time judging from what I've been reading here and there....
 

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Buy a used Q6600 from this forum instead... Check the For Sale/Wanted thread.
 

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his 965 might not work with 45nm quads, id suggest a q6600 as they are cheaper than q6700.
 

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Get the i7. You can do two-pass encoding of HD video in better than real time.
 
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