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E6300, E6400, or E6600?

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March 10, 2007 6:00:25 AM

Which one? Price for performance. And before you ask, I can't run any higher than an E6600. Prices are NZD:E6300; $298.05
:E6400; $379.90
:E6600; $534.95.

Just so you know, an E6700 is slightly over $900, and the bottom model quad core is $1500 approx. Hence why I can't go past an E6600.

Is the extra cache and clock speed worth the price jump from an E6400 to an E6600? Or should I go economy class and drop to a E6300.

Cheers.

P.S, any hints on notable (good and/or ones to avoid) motherboards and/or chipsets to go with these CPUs would be cool.

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March 10, 2007 4:52:59 PM

Basically a gaming system, with decent OC'ing. Some media stuff. Is the 6400 worth the price for the change in clock rate from the 6300? Is the 6600 worth it for the extra cache and clock speed?
March 10, 2007 5:13:12 PM

I'd go for the E6300 (or E4300, if available) with a Gigabyte 965P-DS3P. Proven board recently revised.
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March 10, 2007 5:53:57 PM

Unless you are on a really tight budget, I suggest the E6400. Compared to the E6300, the higher internal multiplier of the E6400 means lower bus speeds for any given OC'd speed.
March 10, 2007 7:32:08 PM

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Which one? Price for performance. And before you ask, I can't run any higher than an E6600. Prices are NZD:E6300; $298.05
:E6400; $379.90
:E6600; $534.95.

Just so you know, an E6700 is slightly over $900, and the bottom model quad core is $1500 approx. Hence why I can't go past an E6600.

Is the extra cache and clock speed worth the price jump from an E6400 to an E6600? Or should I go economy class and drop to a E6300.

Cheers.

P.S, any hints on notable (good and/or ones to avoid) motherboards and/or chipsets to go with these CPUs would be cool.


Please tell me your in Canada, I'm finding a C2D E6600 for $313.99 and a C2D E6400 at $221.99
March 10, 2007 7:52:28 PM

id go for the E6600 & a ASUS P5B Deluxe, mine is currently running @ 350mhz fsb taking it from 2.4 ghz to 3.15ghz on stock cooling 8)
March 10, 2007 8:32:18 PM

I would go with the e4300 if you can get it. In Q3 this year the quad 2.66 will be around 266 USD as well as the 6800 (ie q6750 and e6850). As for the board, Asus has a 650i chipset board that OC's well and is cheaper then the 680i but still has 2 x16 slots for sli and a 3rd slot for gpu physics.
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March 10, 2007 8:35:46 PM

All good - I went with the 6400 - Got it at compusa on sell 214 USD. and I went with the DQ6 ( wanted the front panel Firewire and the better configuration of SATA connectors & DDR2-6400C4. I like the 6400 because I could set my Bus to 400, Run the memory at 1::1 and setting the multiplier in BIOS to 6, 7, or 8 I get 2.4, 2.8, or 3.2 GHz 3.2 is sable with stock voltage (Except Dimm voltage upped to 2.1). Using the Z 9500 cooler
March 10, 2007 9:09:11 PM

I'd go for the E4300, it has a multi of 9x which is good, and the gigabyte DS3 because it is cheap and is good (i know what the prices are like mate, im an aussie, everything is the same, lol)
March 10, 2007 9:24:51 PM

1st) I guess you are from Asia or Latin America(as you said guess what)
2nd)your prices are 30% higher than USA or Asia market.
3rd)Dont waste your money and go for 6300 for as low as 200$
4th)Congrajulation that you pick Intel instead of da.... AMD.
5th)Conroe 6300 is simply better than AMD Athlon 64x2 4600+
6th)I highly recommand you any mobo with Intel P965 chipset.
March 10, 2007 10:00:14 PM

i run a e6300 it works great - i have x6800 too

the 6600 will gets a small boost - but i doubt you notice it. here in the usa - the difference is only $140 so the 6600 is a better choice for most.

for you?
March 10, 2007 11:14:29 PM

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Note the "NZD" he's in New Zealand, or he's buying his parts there.
Correct. I live there. :p 

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1st) I guess you are from Asia or Latin America(as you said you said guess what)
Wrong. Pacific. New Zealand. Nice try though, lol.

What is the benfit of a e4300 rather than an e6xxx? Other than price. (I mean lower FSB speed, but higher multi. wtf?)

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the 6600 will gets a small boost - but i doubt you notice it. here in the usa - the difference is only $140 so the 6600 is a better choice for most.
Sorry this is a little unclear. Are you saying that a little boost for a $140 more is a good deal? I don't quite get that.

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Unless you are on a really tight budget, I suggest the E6400. Compared to the E6300, the higher internal multiplier of the E6400 means lower bus speeds for any given OC'd speed.
That's what I originally thought, however my main question is really about the price rise from an e6400 to an e6600. Is it worth the money you pay for it?

P.S thanks for all the comments on chipsets and/or motherboards.
March 10, 2007 11:42:45 PM

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What is the benfit of a e4300 rather than an e6xxx? Other than price. (I mean lower FSB speed, but higher multi. wtf?)


The E4300:
Doesn't have the same need for higher-speed RAM
Should be cheaper
May be slightly cooler due to not having extra (unused) chippery
Will likely have a lower top overclock than the E6400

If you are going to overclock, the E6300/E6400/E4300 are much better price/performance than the E6600.
March 11, 2007 7:32:00 AM

How high are you defining higher speed RAM as?

So it's cheaper but will have a lower top overclock (I'm not particularly worried about slight differences in cooling.) So would you recommend an e4300, or an e6400, for largely gaming rather than video editing, and with moderate OC'ing?
March 11, 2007 7:42:43 AM

Both will top out around 3.2GHz or so on the stock cooler but the E6400 can go farther with a better cooler whereas the E4300 wont get much more than that. At 3.2GHz the E4300 will need RAM that can run at 355MHz compared to the 400MHz RAM the E6400 would need. Basically the E4300 can use cheaper and slower DDR2-667 RAM (with a slight overclock) when the E6400 would need more expensive DDR2-800 RAM (running stock).
March 11, 2007 7:48:42 AM

The E4300 is slightly cheaper and lets you use cheaper RAM.
The E6300 should require lower volts for the same speed. It also has higher headway.
The E6400 has even higher headway.
The E6600 has even higher headway and due to the cache it has 3-10% more performance for the clock speed.
March 11, 2007 8:35:10 AM

also, the e4300 because he isn't going for a monster overclock, just a moderate one to make it very competitively powerful and he wants it cheap
March 11, 2007 6:54:47 PM

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Both will top out around 3.2GHz or so on the stock cooler but the E6400 can go farther with a better cooler whereas the E4300 wont get much more than that. At 3.2GHz the E4300 will need RAM that can run at 355MHz compared to the 400MHz RAM the E6400 would need. Basically the E4300 can use cheaper and slower DDR2-667 RAM (with a slight overclock) when the E6400 would need more expensive DDR2-800 RAM (running stock).
I was planning on getting DDR2-800 anyway.

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The E4300 is slightly cheaper and lets you use cheaper RAM.
The E6300 should require lower volts for the same speed. It also has higher headway.
The E6400 has even higher headway.
The E6600 has even higher headway and due to the cache it has 3-10% more performance for the clock speed.

E4300: $283.78, E6300: $298.05, E6400: $379.38, E6600: $534.94 as of right now. Looking at that, unless I was desperate for the cheap RAM, the E6300 is only $14.27 more, so I would probably get it unless there was some convincing reason why not to. (As I said, I'm getting DDR2-800 anyway). An E6400 seems to have a middling price; nice but it's sad about the 2mb cache, but is that 3-10% performance for the clock rate worth a 29% price increase to an E6600?

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Try these guys, they are a bit cheaper than your prices
Unless I'm mistaken, extremepc uses prices before GST ( GST = 12.5%). Mine were after it.

Anyway, I think I'll go without the E4300, unless any new information crops up. So we're back to the original question, lol. As I won't be doing much video editing, won't the noticeable difference from 2mb extra cache be negligible (especially for gaming?). That's what I heard somewhere else anyway.
March 11, 2007 7:12:58 PM

Good choice. If I were able to buy a PC right now I would only get a e4300 or e6300 due to the enormous price cuts expected in the next 6 months. Quad core for 260ish USD is an amazing price. As it is I will have to suffer with my A64 3400 and x800pro for a few more months, then I can get either the 6850 or q6700 for 260 and the r600 and whatever ends up being the best mobo.
March 11, 2007 8:26:50 PM

I've been hearing alot on these price cuts. Could someone please post some hard info, or a link to it.
March 11, 2007 8:33:39 PM

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Soon we will have this,

March 11, 2007 8:39:14 PM

And Q3 will even be a bigger cut as the q6600 will be 260ish. I think I need to change mah pants now 8O
March 11, 2007 8:44:21 PM

In the US, I presume. So how long do you think that will take to affect the NZ market? A LONG time. As NZ retailers get taxed real bad on imported tech, they will delay the price change in order to profit.
Anyway, April 22 is my birthday, lol. But despite this, I figure evrything is dropping down a step by the looks of that, so I'll save around $100 bucks (NZD)and gain 2mb cache if i wait for an E6420. Could you give me current USD prices, so I can calculate the change more accurately, please? Might be worth the wait, might not.
March 11, 2007 8:56:41 PM

e4300 = 170ish
e6300 = 180ish
e6400 = 220ish
e6600 = 320ish
e6700 = 510ish
q6600 = 850ish
x6800 = 980ish
qx6700 = 1000ish

This is based off the lowest etailer sites, add about 50-100 bucks more for your average brick and mortar retailer.
March 11, 2007 9:13:53 PM

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e4300 = 170ish
e6300 = 180ish
e6400 = 220ish
e6600 = 320ish
e6700 = 510ish
q6600 = 850ish
x6800 = 980ish
qx6700 = 1000ish
Ta for that.
1 USD = 1.45 NZD right now.
NZ (also lowest e-tailer):
e4300 = $280ish $30ish higher than translated exchange rates.
e6300 = $300ish
e6400 = $380ish
e6600 = $540ish
e6700 = $910ish
q6600 = $1490ish
x6800 = $1780ish $380ish higher.Sry, I'm to lazy to do all of them.
qx6700 = $1760ish

I think it will drop in similar proportion, BEFORE our added costs. So you get more benefit. Everything will be approx 1 tier lower in Q2, if you think of each current section as a tier, just we pay more anyway. Anyway, I could definitely wait till April 22, BUT if it's any longer than, not really. Your advice?
March 11, 2007 11:15:53 PM

What is the USD NZD exchange rate
March 11, 2007 11:47:29 PM

1 USD = 1.45 NZD right now, and our dollar is quite high at the moment. normally closer to 1.5. I used 1.43, because I hadn't checked it for a while. Close enough though. I've edited my last post so it's clearer though.
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