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July 5, 2007 5:59:25 AM

Looking for one of the Intel Core 2 Duo series of CPU's. I will not be OC much more than 3.0. So what would you guy recommend?

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July 5, 2007 6:15:47 AM

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Looking for one of the Intel Core 2 Duo series of CPU's. I will not be OC much more than 3.0. So what would you guy recommend?
Get a Q6600 aftyer price drop $266 and get the P35 with DDR2. Gigabyte has a good selection including GA-P35C-DS3R with DDR2 and DDR3 slots for a future upgrade to DDR3. The P35 gives a trouble free overclock to 1333, see the link to a good review.

http://www.anandtech.com/memory/showdoc.aspx?i=2989&p=1

Also you will need to get a good heatsink, don't use the Intel one. Try the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme paired with a Scythe S-Flex 120mm fan. Be careful with the case the Ultra 120 is tall.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 5, 2007 6:24:41 AM

whats better a abit p35 or a gigabyte?
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July 5, 2007 8:29:43 AM

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whats better a abit p35 or a gigabyte?


Well, I love Abit boards -- that I do. But there's one big knock on Abit that you aught to know if you don't know it already.

Their support really sucks. Terrible.

Emailing their tech support is a futile endeavor. You'll never get an answer. Phone support? That's fun too. A synthesized female voice tells you to hang up and call another number (guess they never heard of call redirect). Call that number and you get an answering machine. BIOS and chipset driver updates? Forget it - Abit is notorious for having months old stuff on their US website.

I've heard that Gigabyte is actually really good in terms of tech support (prolly the best of the Tawainese companies, unless things have really changed).
July 5, 2007 5:42:42 PM

whats the bets p35 gigabyte board. On newegg it seems they have the most. The one with the most reviews is the GA-P35-DS3R
July 5, 2007 7:01:38 PM

I'll prob pick up one of the new intels with the 1333 fsb in early august. Whatup seifer i think i know u from the windows board on gamefaqs, thefilipino.
July 7, 2007 11:55:52 AM

naw you don't know me, However I know the E6300 will overclock to 3.0 with ease so the 6600 is out of the question I will not be overclocking over 3.0 and thats pushing it so please whats another CPU I could buy for the best price that can overclock to 3.0?
July 7, 2007 2:15:02 PM

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Looking for one of the Intel Core 2 Duo series of CPU's. I will not be OC much more than 3.0. So what would you guy recommend?

What are you using this CPU for?! Some people might jump into recommending the Q6600 but if you are only a gamer, or even worse, a casual user, getting a Q6600 is more or less like buying a Lamborghini Gallardo with a 60 mph limiter (no need to say that in this case the limiter is the user :D  )
If you want a 3.0GHz C2D for your gaming needs and other stuff, an E6400 would be the best choice; better OC-ing capabilities than the E4xxx series annd better multiplier than the E6300 keeping a reasonable price. The E4400 and 4300 are cheaper but lately, I've seen a lot of people around that got an E4400/4300 with high hopes of squeezing 3.0GHz but ended up sitting on 2.4-2.6GHz. Also don't forget that being lower binned, these chips typically will require a good voltage bump to sit stably on 3.0GHz while the E6xxx series will often get to 3.0GHz on the cool and safe, stock Vcore :wink:
July 7, 2007 2:47:12 PM

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I'll prob pick up one of the new intels with the 1333 fsb in early august. Whatup seifer i think i know u from the windows board on gamefaqs, thefilipino.



Theyw ont be very good for overclocking, lower multipliers.


Pick the e6600 or the e6420.
July 7, 2007 3:00:43 PM

going for 3ghz? get an E4400, cheap easy, will do 3ghz, won't be hot.
July 7, 2007 3:00:53 PM

E6420 for 4MB Cache and the 8x multiplier.
July 7, 2007 4:20:55 PM

If you're a casual gamer, buy Celeron L 420 and overclock it to 3ghz with stock heatsink. 35W TPD, single core, 50$, a celeron.
July 7, 2007 4:45:02 PM

Why would a Casual gamer buy a 50$ Celeron? When they could have Performance and power for 10$ more the AMD Athlon64 x2 3600+ Which could be overclocked to match a much more powerful CPU quite easily.

60$, Athlon64, Performance!, DUAL CORE! COMPUTERS! :x !
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July 9, 2007 4:44:35 PM

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E6420 for 4MB Cache and the 8x multiplier.


Spot-on. The 4 MB L2 cache is good for an extra 5-10% boost over 2 MB at the same clock speeds. Intel's yields are so good that they can sell the 4 MB versions for about the same price as the 2 MB version. The 4 MB E6420 also benefits from a higher FSB at 3.0 GHz than the higher-multiplier E4400 does, so that increases performance a tad, too. The E6420 isn't all that expensive, so that would be my suggestion, too.
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