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Help me pick my Proccessor (duo/qudro)

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November 26, 2006 7:14:33 AM

Hey all, I'm building my next big gaming machine in about a month, but I'm having a hard time deciding between a Core 2 Duo extreme or the Quadro.

The PC will be mostly for gaming, but also audio/video encoding and such. I know most games don't take full benefit's of multi-cores, but I'm sure they soon will be, and i'll be having this PC for quite a while. So would the Quadro be the better option, when the future is taken into the equation?

The processor will be OC'd on a water cooled system.

If you have any other questions let me know.

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November 26, 2006 7:27:26 AM

There have been various threads that have analyzed this within an inch of its life, but IMHO:

a) If you plan to keep your system for 18 months or more, go with the C2Q. If you're a rabid constant upgrader (like most enthusiasts) you might be better off with the C2D. The performance advantage of the C2Q doesn't really justify the extra cost in most user's cases. However, the C2Q is plummeting in price and it's much more attractive now than it was even just a week ago.

b) If you are running sw that will take advantage of the multiple cores, then go for the C2Q. I'm a Pr0noshop addict, so I wanna toss as many cores and RAM at that hungry mutha as I can.
November 26, 2006 9:13:46 AM

can you tell us your budget?
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November 26, 2006 9:28:50 AM

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can you tell us your budget?


Price isn't a problem, i want to get something that's fast, good to OC, and will last a while.
November 26, 2006 9:32:01 AM

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can you tell us your budget?


Price isn't a problem, i want to get something that's fast, good to OC, and will last a while.

if your budget is that big
go for core two quad and wait for r600
if you can't wait, a pair of 8800gtx will do :wink:
November 26, 2006 9:42:14 AM

You really think the R600's will be better than the 8800's? i haven't read too much about em...
November 26, 2006 9:45:10 AM

nobody knows for sure
but the mobo from DFI will be IMO better than 680i
and when r600 comes out (late january) there will be a price drop
November 26, 2006 10:02:14 AM

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nobody knows for sure
but the mobo from DFI will be IMO better than 680i
and when r600 comes out (late january) there will be a price drop

Don't take this the wrong way, but one mobo from all the makers does not inspire confidense to buy it. I know is because ATI pull the license for RD600 for Intel, but still. Is not like it did that much for AMD, why would it make such a difference for intel.
November 26, 2006 10:09:42 AM

Have a look at the benchmarks here:

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2006/11/02/intel_core_...

You'll see that quad core doesn't offer much benefit over the Core 2 Due.

In Photoshop and Xvid, the X6800 dual core is faster. It's the same story in audio encoding, file compression/decompression and gaming. Only with multitasking do you see a real benefit (which is hardly surprising).

Don't expect software to appear any time soon that uses quad core - until the market is there to justify the expense of recoding the software, it ain't going to happen. I reckon for the next 12-24 months, the quad core will only be of use to people who multitask and need to run three or four programs at the same time.

Get an E6600 and spend the money you save on an 8800GTX - that'll improve your gaming performance a helll of a lot more than quad core will.
November 26, 2006 10:39:16 AM

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nobody knows for sure
but the mobo from DFI will be IMO better than 680i
and when r600 comes out (late january) there will be a price drop


Will the RD600 support quad for sure? Haven't seen a link that states it -
only speculation.
November 26, 2006 10:49:45 AM

if budget isnt a problem here's what i reccomend

Core 2 E6600

680i Motherboard(dont waste your money on the stryker i have an eVGA board and it works fine, eVGA also just released a BIOS update that improves ALOT of things from overclocking to Sound issues to overall system performance i was having issues at first, low frames with an 8800GTX i flashed and now im right where i should be the board also has more options in BIOS then you honestly really need)

2 8800GTX graphics cards

now, my reasoning for a Core 2 E6600. Technology is ALWAYS improving the core 2 duo is more processor then you should need and Quadro at the moment is excessive unless you do ALOT of video stuff by purchasing a Core 2 E6600 now, you save that 800 bucks for 6 months or so down the line, where Quad core becomes the "in" and Core 2 Is on its way out by that time to chances are the Quad core CPU will be much faster, in its processing speeds, somewhat like the difference of P4 and C2D clear as mud?
November 26, 2006 12:37:34 PM

indeed only speculation
but if it doesn't, 975x didn't support sli neither :) 

i think it isn't that hard to wait just two more months...
November 26, 2006 1:32:40 PM

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indeed only speculation
but if it doesn't, 975x didn't support sli neither :) 

i think it isn't that hard to wait just two more months...


I hate waiting!! - But I'm so close -
waiting on seeing how 680i/8800GTX (sli) compares to
RD600/R600(xfire) + Vista will be out then - getting a 24inch LCD -
1920x1200 -
November 26, 2006 4:32:31 PM

you remind me of someone...
myself!!! :wink:
November 26, 2006 5:11:24 PM

Still, no reason to waste money. Get the E6300 or E6400 and a mobo that supports quad. Upgrade in a few months time and you basically gave yourself a free Core2Duo chip for being patient.
November 26, 2006 5:42:08 PM

which you can then give to me
:lol: 
November 26, 2006 6:44:07 PM

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There have been various threads that have analyzed this within an inch of its life, but IMHO:

a) If you plan to keep your system for 18 months or more, go with the C2Q. If you're a rabid constant upgrader (like most enthusiasts) you might be better off with the C2D.
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That's a key point - which is why I rather have a quad - Yes - the duo
may be faster in games (now) - but not really noticable -

But the quad should last longer - before you need to upgrade -

Multiple cores is here to stay - there's no looking back.
November 26, 2006 8:54:30 PM

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But the quad should last longer - before you need to upgrade


My next system as per my sig is designed to last a bare minimum of 3 years without upgrading, fiddling, adding, etc. That's why I'm gonna hold out until C2Q and DX10 prices have stabilized, hopefully by around June, and then get the best system I can afford.
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