Hey guys. I am new to all this computer stuff. I try to research and learn some of the key factors but there is a ton of info to look through and learn. It seems like it may take a while for me to fully understand it all.
Anyways, I'm wanting to build a new computer that can A) run a lot of programs at once (my 4 year old piece of junk freezes up when I have a few apps open), B) that will run top notch games at high frames per second, and C) will last 2-4 years. While looking through processors, these two have been mentioned a lot. The prices seem fair and the reviews are decent as well. Which would be the best for what I am looking for? Should I be ignoring these and looking at something newer? Thanks for any responses guys.
You got it Tool Band. Go with the Q6600. Watch for the "package" specials at Newegg and CompUSA. Just picked up an Intel X38 mobo, 2MB DDR3(Corsair), and a Q6700 for $599. Not bad. Sign up for their email specials and you might find something that will help your budget stretch.
Agreed. You can overclock the Q6600 to E8400 speeds while gaining 2 extra cores for a little more future-proofing.
Since you are a computer noobie, you probably won't be overclocking much at first, but when you do understand it better, it will be an option and you'll be thankful for your choice in the Q.
If you DON'T plan on overclocking, go for the E8400. That processor will beat the Q at its stock speed (3GHz vs. 2.4GHz) in most games but will fall behind the Q in heavy multitasking.
If you plan on running a lot of things at once while playing a game (not highly recommended but it's your choice), then get the Q. Many games will use 2 cores, and with a quad you will have 2 extra cores for your background apps. You'll feel the performance hit more with a dual-core + many apps than a quad-core and lower speeds. It's all up to you. Good luck on your choice
Do you need a monitor, mouse, keyboard, and any other miscellaneous peripherals? O/S or other software? If the answers are No and No, then you probably can fit that Q9450 into your budget. I just did, on an Abit IP35 Pro. It runs well; no complaints, although I really haven't stressed it yet.
To run lots of programs at once, consider 4GB of RAM. Be aware that a 32-bit O/S will only see about 3.2GB of it. DDR2-800 is a good choice, and cheap. DDR2-1066 might be a tiny bit faster, but some P35 mobos may have trouble with it (like the otherwise popular Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L).
Hey guys. Thanks for all the replies. I appreciate it. Since I am new to this all, I will probably skip on overclocking for now but maybe once I become more exprienced, I will try it. I'm almost 100% sure I'm going to go with the Q6600. I think in the long run I will be way more satisfied. Now I need to carefully pick my other components. Only other part I'm sure of is the 8800 GTS 512 MB G92.
To answer your question jtt283: Yes, I do need some of those other miscelleaneous peripherals. I at least need the OS and I am strongly concidering buying me a nice 22" LCD widescreen monitor. I really need to win some big bucks next time I hit up the slots, lol.
Since you want new monitor, you need OS and so on. Maybe you should consider AMD and save you some money plus you not going to overclock anyway so whats the point of spending extra $
I should say I'm using a dual Opteron (socket 940) system as my main rig.
I would only recommend a system based around an AMD CPU for someone on an extreme budget just now. Although I have just built up 2x systems based on second-hand DFI socket 939 motherboard for folk.
I read that a lot of AMD motherboards still haven't switched to solid capacitors which would not be good for longevity/stability... Also what about the whole Barcelona/Phenom joke where the B3 stepping still cannot be overclocked... Never mind the fact that the Core 2 architecture walks all over the K10 architecture.
The Q6600 is selling for a song the UK (+ the good deals mentioned in the US). It is the best deal of the processors originally suggested and fairly future proof...
I've built many a system from back in the 386 days and the lastest was this;
Asus p5k ($139) nice board solid caps and heat pipes. fb 1333
4 gig of corsair ddr-800 ($59 total after rebate)
It has a faster front bus than the q6600, at the time was $100 less (q6600 now $199!) and I could jack the memory to 1066. What I found was plug and play! I'd buy a GOOD psu, corsair or antec, coolmasters 600w extreme only lastest 2 months , using the old 350 watt with no problems now. Stay away from multi bus 12v psu, they tend to be lower per bus which I think crapped out mine. SLI certified didn't make it any better just extra 6 pin 12v plugs buy only if your doing the multi sli cards.
She crushes my old giga-byte x2-4200 box
I'd go to the MicroCenter site, I can drive to one of their stores in Ohio, below on sale;
Q6600 + XFX 680i $399
Q6600 + intel DP35DPM atx $299
E8400 + intel DP35DPM atx $319
OEM Q9300 $249 (watch out for warranty on OEMs)
AMD X2 6400+ $159
AMD Q9600 $189
AMD Q9850 NO PRICE GO TO WEBSITE. You'll need a 790i chipset for the amd quads to kick some, pricey MBs.
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