Im building a new computer and im debating between the 6300 and the 6400. I have the ability to over clock based on the parts i have but i really dont wanna do till later on. so should i pend the extra little bit and get a 6400 or should i stay with the 6300 do they both have similar over clocking abilitys? cause if i did over clock them it would only be just a bit.
what about the 4300 than compared to the 6300. now that ive been looking at the various threads i think i will mildly over clock it to start out. keeping with the stock cooling fan. which one would be better with my OCZ Platinum XTC REV.2 PC2-6400 2GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-15 . and i also down the road may over clock to more of the 3.0 area.
The E4300 is looking like a very respectable CPU. I would hold off until the price drop that's expected sometime in April for it, if you do decide to go for it.
With your choice of RAM expect to overclock it at those timings. Right now I've got (because I can't change VCore) my timings at 5-4-4-12 at 667 mhz. This rig can support 4-4-4-12 at stock voltage running 667 mhz, but it wasn't smooth running. Because you'll need to mess with it a bit, be sure to know how to reset your BIOS. You may have to start restart 3 times, or flip the CMOS jumper to clear.
And like Slim said, you could overclock later, too, if you find your system is running a little sluggish.
the way ive read it so far is that the 4300 is slightly better at mild clocks but the 6300 tends to be better around the 3.0 area? right now im leaning towards the 6300 so i dont need to worrys about all the bios to much for a mild over clock.
Clock for clock the E6300 will beat the E4300. The cost for perfomance for the E4300 is a bit better, however. Although, I think you might be right about overclocks and the E6300. If you're willing to invest in a higher end air cooler, you could easily see the 3+ ghz ranges, hypothetically. If you are shooting for that range, I might suggest the E6400 for this, or possibly the E4400 when it comes out. You might have an easier time with things with one of those two.
it all depends on what you want it to do. If you want bang for buck, and e4300 can hit 2.6 pretty easy with stock cooling, and no mesing with v.core, if you plan on reaching for 3ghz later,id hit the e6300,or preferably the e6600 if you have the cash