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September 8, 2007 6:12:36 PM

I just like it too much to have 2 cores instead of only one, and now, I want 4! The main components of my computer are:

Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
Core 2 Duo e4300 @ 2.88 Ghz (320 Mhz FSB)
G-Skill 2 x 1 GB RAM 5-5-5-15
Antec Sonata 2 with the 450 Watts PSU

I was thiking about upgrading the CPU to a Q6600 and probably push it around 3 Ghz. But then, I noticed that the XEON quad core 2.4 Ghz is only about 20$ more:
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD1420&v...

First of all, would this work on my motherboard (the XEON is LGA775, so it at least physically fits). Do you guys think it's a good idea? Do I have to look for a certain revision? Also, I haven't followed the pricing trends lately, if there is a good price cut scheduled soon, please tell me before I pay 100$ more when I could wait a few weeks.

Thank you all
Mike

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September 8, 2007 6:50:08 PM

This is definitely not a good deal.
This is identical to the non-XEON chip.
However, this XEON is on the older B3 stepping.

You want to make sure to get a G0 Q6600.
September 8, 2007 7:56:42 PM

zenmaster said:
This is definitely not a good deal.
This is identical to the non-XEON chip.
However, this XEON is on the older B3 stepping.

You want to make sure to get a G0 Q6600.


Agreed! Q6600 is the better CPU for the price. G0 stepping is best, but any Q6600 will get to 3ghz if you up the voltage a bit.
September 9, 2007 9:05:45 PM

Thanks for your reply! I don't know when I'll be ready to buy, but it will be soon. If by then, there are Xeon on stepping G0, would it be worth it then or if there is another reason not to buy this?