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Has anyone recieved b3 stepping q6600 from newegg the last 2 months?

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March 20, 2008 9:56:25 PM

i have had a couple of threads before , but i believe i have now decided on my new build, however, i have a few concerns i would like sorted out before i order, and as to what to do after the build itself
pretty sure about this:
CASE: coolermaster rc 690 80$
PSU: corsair 620hx 115$
GPU: evga 8800 gts w/ crysis 270$ might step up to 9800, what do you think?
OS: vista 32 bit 80$ bundled with gpu
HDD: WD 160gb 7200 16mb 60$ (i have another, need a cheap one for vista)
DVD-burner: samsung 20x 30$

not so sure about the following, but will go with it unless it sucks:
MOBO: Asus P5K-E wifi 150$ (no ds3l, too few features i need)
RAM: G-skill 2x2gb 800 80$ ***will these work with the mobo? are there any other models you would reccomend? like:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... egg review-thesework w/ mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: Q6600 ---------------------------- 255$
**wondering about the q9450. will it be much better than the q6600? little oc'ing by the way. will it be more expensive? when is it out? i heard march but so far no good. this prertty much decides when i order my build. if its only 30-50$ of price difference i will go with it if its not sold out.
if i get a q6600 i will oc to 3ghz. will i need a hs/f for this? and most importantly will i get a G0 from newegg?

the second part is that i know how to put the parts together, and there are many guides for this online, but i dont really know what to do after i start it up. it does the POST and after that i can reboot enter bios right?
so do i need to make any changes or check anything? if you know about any guides for this stuff it would be great.
will not be oc'ing right away obviously. should the mobo not come with the latest bios should i flash it right away before i install vista?
and when i install vista do i have to put bios to boot from disc? or can i just put it in the dvd burner? do i install the drivers after i install windows?

long post.... but so many questions :o 
thanks for all the help so far, pretty sure i will get a nice build for my 1150$ thanks to you guys :) 
hopefully i can order this beginning of next week being completely sure of what to do!
March 20, 2008 10:35:06 PM

as soon as you're ready to turn it on, stick in your windows disk, go into bios, select boot from CD-ROM from the boot priority list, exit and save.

Your system will reboot, then after post it should say "press any key to boot from disc"... hit a key and windows will start the installation process. Done.

As for a stepup to a 9series, I would hold out until drivers are updated and the GX2 shows a real improvement, right now my 8800GTS 512 is comparable in performance (overclocked) and it shouldn't be.

If you have a big monitor (>24") then the 9800GX2 might be worth it in a few months.

Stay with the Q6600, easier to get, not much performance increase, and you're overclocking a little bit anyway. You should definitely get a HSF, something like the arctic freeze 7 or something simple like that to install but will keep your cpu cool.

That Gskill memory will work, also check out Crucial memory, not sure how the price compares, but crucial is top grade memory.

Awesome PSU.
Awesome Mobo.
Decent case for the price. Antec 900, or P182 are also good, but you pay a tad bit more.

Good luck, any other questions lemme know.

(PS: Woot!! post #300! :D )
March 21, 2008 3:00:08 AM

i wasnt really thinking 9800 gx2 cause thats more or less just 2 8800gts. it would have to be a 9800 gts or possibly gtx if they show any performance gain. right now i have a 19" 1440x900 but will be upgrading to 22" 1680x1050 sooner or later.
so i think i definately will go for the p5k-e board and i think i might pair it up with the patriot extreme with cas 4 and 4-4-4-12 timing rather than the slower g-skill

i agree the q6600 is the way to go, but only if i can be sure to get the G0 revision off newegg. has anyone bought one there lately?

March 21, 2008 2:26:49 PM

this will be my first system then:
CASE: coolermaster rc 690 80$
PSU: corsair 620hx 115$
GPU: evga 8800 gts w/ crysis 230$(!!!) might step up to 9800, what do you think?
OS: vista 32 bit 80$ bundled with gpu
HDD: WD 160gb 7200 16mb 60$ DVD-burner: samsung 20x 30$
mobo: asus p5k-e 150$
cpu: q6600 250$
ram: patriot extreme cas 4, 4-4-4-12 80$
grand total with shipping= 1100$

now, has anyone bought a q6600 lately off newegg? do they send G0's?
i think i might go for the XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler but does anyone know if i have to buy thermalpaste too?
March 21, 2008 3:10:26 PM

Most aftermarket HSF's include thermal paste - either preapplied or separately.

Although there shouldn't be many B3's left, I do not think that newegg will guarantee that they will ship a G0 Q6600. Two other choices: order from somewhere that promises to ship a G0 or go to Fry's if they are close. I bought mine from Fry's. At checkout, they went to the cage to get the CPU.

If you do that, look at the last 10 characters of the product code on the large Intel label - should read "Q6600SLACR". "SLACR" is the code for G0.
March 21, 2008 3:11:27 PM

0gab0ga said:
this will be my first system then:
CASE: coolermaster rc 690 80$
PSU: corsair 620hx 115$
GPU: evga 8800 gts w/ crysis 230$(!!!) might step up to 9800, what do you think?
OS: vista 32 bit 80$ bundled with gpu
HDD: WD 160gb 7200 16mb 60$ DVD-burner: samsung 20x 30$
mobo: asus p5k-e 150$
cpu: q6600 250$
ram: patriot extreme cas 4, 4-4-4-12 80$
grand total with shipping= 1100$

now, has anyone bought a q6600 lately off newegg? do they send G0's?
i think i might go for the XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler but does anyone know if i have to buy thermalpaste too?



Where do you live. if you live cloe by microcenter store, you can pick up q 6600 go retail box for 200$. That is how i got mine. their site is microcenter.com. but you must buy it in store to get that price.
March 21, 2008 4:06:02 PM

...or you could order your processor from ClubIT.com. You'll pay a bit more for shipping (ordering from two places) and a couple bucks more for the processor, but it's advertised as G0 Stepping.

-Wolf sends
March 21, 2008 4:29:12 PM

unfortunately i dont live near a microcenter (3 hour drive)..
i knew about the clubit.com thing, but i was hoping to get all the parts from newegg, except for psu, just to make it easier. but if anyone has gotten a b3 from newegg i the last month or so i will probably buy from clubit.com
based on the reviews on newegg nobody seems to have got one cause no one is complaing, but alot of people dont write reviews so...
March 21, 2008 4:43:24 PM

0gab0ga said:
unfortunately i dont live near a microcenter (3 hour drive)..
i knew about the clubit.com thing, but i was hoping to get all the parts from newegg, except for psu, just to make it easier. but if anyone has gotten a b3 from newegg i the last month or so i will probably buy from clubit.com
based on the reviews on newegg nobody seems to have got one cause no one is complaing, but alot of people dont write reviews so...


do you have fry store near your place?
March 21, 2008 7:20:29 PM

I just got my Q6600 yesterday from newegg, its a "SLACR" so I guess I got the good one.

Whats the difference between the two?
March 21, 2008 7:35:38 PM

Doc-Rich said:
I just got my Q6600 yesterday from newegg, its a "SLACR" so I guess I got the good one.

Whats the difference between the two?



G0 draws less energy. you can oc more. Also it will save your energy bill.
March 21, 2008 8:00:22 PM

http://www.microcenter.com/

THey said they haven't had b3 in months. The egg is gouging like all the other retailers. They have them for 199 here. SLACR.

March 22, 2008 12:53:36 AM

yeah but microcenter doesnt have them online and i dont live near one, or a frys. i think ill order from newegg, doc-rich and so many others have got one it seems off the newegg reviews, i dont think the chance of getting a b3 is very large. probably the only reason you would get one is if they found one hiding behind a shelf or something. cause i dont think intel produces them anymore, right??
also, does anyone know for sure that thermal paste is supplied with the xigmatek cooler?
May 28, 2008 5:39:25 AM

I ordered my q6600 and I got the old one (b3) from Newegg. Definitely disappointing! MIcrocenter is not too far from my place but I thought I will order everything from Newegg and it's a bummer.
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