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November 20, 2006 7:04:14 AM

I heard that there is really no difference between the two, except that the e6600 has 4MB cache, but i also heard that the 4MB makes very little difference, so what would/did you choose? (keep in mind i might buy one of these for gaming and $700-1000 budget for complete computer)

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November 20, 2006 7:29:56 AM

I would just go with the e6500 since you are on a budget. Put the money saved into a better video card. There shouldn't be much of a difference in gaming between the 2. Whatever video card you buy will be the difference.
November 20, 2006 7:30:21 AM

well right now the E6600, since the E6500 isnt out yet... and a complete build with either of those procs might be kind of difficult for $1000, im guessing nearly impossible for $700, since the E6600 is $315 right now. i would just go with a E6400 and OC the life out of it, the 4mb cache doesnt make much of difference in real life, about a 10% performance increase in certain tasks (gaming not one of them) at most.
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November 20, 2006 7:38:09 AM

You probably wanted to say E6400 or E6600.

Just take a look at the CPU charts on Tom's, see how they do in games.
But unless you have a very powerful video card, you won't see a differece.

For budget build go with the E6300. It's powerful enough.
November 20, 2006 7:47:05 AM

Get the E6400, it should be fast enough for any games. With a decent DDR2 533 rams you might be able to overclock it a bit and depending on the rest of your setup.
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November 20, 2006 2:08:03 PM

A $1,000 budget for a "complete" gaming rig is possible though a bit tight.

However, if you need to include a monitor then you'll find that it is nearly impossible without significant sacrifices.

Here's a thread I created for a $1,000 PC without a monitor. It was updated on 11/1/2006:

$1,000 PC Template

Here's a Value Gaming Guide from (but it's from Sept 2006):
November 20, 2006 4:08:14 PM

I think i should rephrase what i wrote, what im doing is building a gaming pc, a really good one...for now, i plan on buying a cheap set of Ram to hold me until i can buy atleast 2gb ddr2 (hopefully 800mhz) and im also buying the NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX so overclocking is definitely an option, other than the fact i havent really overclocked a system before, and yes i meant 6400. and i probably buy a nice case for good cooling check this one out at newegg NZXT Zero Black/Silver Computer Case

thx. again.
November 21, 2006 3:36:49 AM

btw jaguarskx : great find!