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)
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.
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.
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