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High end CPUs, C2D, quad core, what do you guys think?

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December 25, 2006 3:04:04 PM

With the advent of Vista on the horizon, we have yet another annoying onslaught by microsoft to drain us of more money and provide us with more frustration. As you can see, I'm not happy with Windows. I've had enough of this OS. I've been a windows user since 95 (I used to use os/2 warp 2, 3, & 4 back in the day) and well, I think its time to give up the ghost.

I'm not here to debate which OS is better (linux, OSX/tiger, Windows, etc). I am planning on switching to Linux Ubuntu or Gentoo. So here's where the questions start to flow.....

If I build a high end system, is it worth purchasing an x6800 over an e6600? In context, I could either spend about 550 on overclocking coolers (the peltier heat sinks that swiftec sells) for the e6600 or run a stock x6800 for a while and OC it later.

On top of that, If I am already spending 1000 on a cpu (theoretically), should I just buy a qx6700 and slightly OC it to 6800 speeds (since that theoretically won't cause a heat increase)?

Now here's a situation most people don't discuss and this is why I am asking about high end dual core vs high end quad core.

If you have ever read Tom's comparison of CPUs in multitasking enviornments, the comparison is always in the context of 2 programs. Now thats fine and dandy for most people, but for arguments sake, i'm ADHD. I would rather say, run a game (high end like quake 4, doom 3, half life 2), surf the web, burn a cd, and compress files at the same time. (this is possible using xgl on linux for the visual placement of all the programs.)

Now you're saying, you're insane/stupid and you won't be doing this. Well, most of the time, I have 5 or 6 different programs open at once. After a while, i get slow down, so I need something faster.

Well, with linux as many of you guys know, you can actually set how many threads certain applications can use. On top of that, running many programs at once, all the cores can be used at the same time.

So... for "MEGATASKING", is the jump to quadcore worth it or just spend the same amount on a slower CPU and cooling parts and overclock the *&%$ out of it?
December 25, 2006 3:36:17 PM

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On top of that, If I am already spending 1000 on a cpu (theoretically), should I just buy a qx6700 and slightly OC it to 6800 speeds (since that theoretically won't cause a heat increase)?
If you're already spending near $1000, what's a few hundred more? If you're using Linux you should be able to take full advantage of four cores.
December 25, 2006 4:23:29 PM

Well, I do about the same thing. That is, PowerDVD and FireFox always running, plus the occasional encoding or antivirus. Maybe you're normal after all :) 

Go for the QX6700. Where I live the QX6700 is either a few dollars less than the X6800 or a few dollars more, depending on the supplier.

Here's an example from http://www.networksupply.ca//index.php?cPath=NSI-00011_...:

X6800 $1,237.00 //551 in stock
QX6700 $1,257.00 //not in stock though
PENTIUM 4 EE 3.73GHZ 2MB 1066FSB EM64T XD S775 $1,259.00

I've pasted the last one just for fun. Does anybody still pay that kind of money for the Pentium 4 EE? Based on the benchmarks I've seen, that one should retail for about $400, it's similar in performance to AMD 5000+ .
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December 25, 2006 6:13:25 PM

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Well, I do about the same thing. That is, PowerDVD and FireFox always running, plus the occasional encoding or antivirus. Maybe you're normal after all :) 

Go for the QX6700. Where I live the QX6700 is either a few dollars less than the X6800 or a few dollars more, depending on the supplier.

Here's an example from http://www.networksupply.ca//index.php?cPath=NSI-00011_...:

X6800 $1,237.00 //551 in stock
QX6700 $1,257.00 //not in stock though
PENTIUM 4 EE 3.73GHZ 2MB 1066FSB EM64T XD S775 $1,259.00

I've pasted the last one just for fun. Does anybody still pay that kind of money for the Pentium 4 EE? Based on the benchmarks I've seen, that one should retail for about $400, it's similar in performance to AMD 5000+ .



Most people I know think I go overboard with systems, yet the run quake 4 with a radeon 9800 agp so who knows.....

Newegg has the QX6700 for 1099. Your site is kinda high, eh?

I think I'll most likely go for the quadcore. I'll have the money in about 4 or 5 months, so I'll most likely be buying one then.

Thanks guys.
December 25, 2006 8:19:05 PM

:lol: 

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With the advent of Vista on the horizon, we have yet another annoying onslaught by microsoft to drain us of more money and provide us with more frustration.


You're just mad that you have to pay for it instead of being able to steal the operating system. :razz:

Just give it a couple of years. I'm sure the OEM for Ultimate will be below $200 by then.
December 26, 2006 10:49:35 AM

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Well, I do about the same thing. That is, PowerDVD and FireFox always running, plus the occasional encoding or antivirus. Maybe you're normal after all :) 

Go for the QX6700. Where I live the QX6700 is either a few dollars less than the X6800 or a few dollars more, depending on the supplier.

Here's an example from http://www.networksupply.ca//index.php?cPath=NSI-00011_...:

X6800 $1,237.00 //551 in stock
QX6700 $1,257.00 //not in stock though
PENTIUM 4 EE 3.73GHZ 2MB 1066FSB EM64T XD S775 $1,259.00

I've pasted the last one just for fun. Does anybody still pay that kind of money for the Pentium 4 EE? Based on the benchmarks I've seen, that one should retail for about $400, it's similar in performance to AMD 5000+ .


I don't usually agree with Canucks, since most of them are frost-bitten, impotent, alcoholic, hockeypuck-sucking, moose-crap Frog hosers (just kiddin' 1Tanker! heheheheheheh) but you're spot on.

Only question, is the price you've quoted Canadian Monopoly Funny-Coloured Money or is it real greenbacks? :lol: 
December 27, 2006 3:08:19 PM

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:lol: 

With the advent of Vista on the horizon, we have yet another annoying onslaught by microsoft to drain us of more money and provide us with more frustration.


You're just mad that you have to pay for it instead of being able to steal the operating system. :razz:

Just give it a couple of years. I'm sure the OEM for Ultimate will be below $200 by then.

The 200 bucks isn't an issue. I'm not made of money ( thought it sounds crazy dropping that kind of cash on a CPU), but i'll spend it when its needed.

I'm just sick of windows and this seems like a good time to try something new. If not, i'll wait till someone cracks it and i'll download vista :lol:  . I've done that will xp and server 2003. Its fun times, sticking it to the man.
December 27, 2006 5:55:41 PM

Yep, death to innovation. Right on. :roll:
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