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Q6600 vs gigabyte p35 and ram

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May 4, 2008 6:07:48 PM

Right now I have an E2160 that isn't overclocked yet. Im wondering what would be the best upgrade for me right now. Should I get a new motherboard (the gigabyte p35) and new ram, (DDR2 800), or should i get a new q6600? Which would be a better upgrade for me? If I got the p35 board I'd plan on overclocking my E2160 to maybe 3.2. I'm a heavy gamer, I don't do any video editing. Any suggestions would be appreciated

my specs:

asrock dual vsta 775 mb
2gigs ddr2 667
bfg 9600gt oc
450w psu
E2160 @ 1.8

Thanks alot

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May 4, 2008 6:29:03 PM

If you ONLY play games and NEVER edit video, a 6600 will not be much better than an overclocked e2160.

I'm pretty sure you don't need new ram, unless you want to overclock much past 3ghz..

Make sure you aren't running OEM windows or are prepared to call Microsoft to get permission to install windows on your new motherboard
May 4, 2008 6:57:20 PM

Well you should see how high you can overclock now. You should be able to get at least 3Ghz. If so, then I would probably save my money until I can get a new cpu, motherboard, and ram. Your specs seem to be pretty fine, and it would be more worth it to do a bigger upgrade later.
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May 4, 2008 7:18:07 PM

With my current mobo I can hit 2.4 stable, any higher and it randomly crashes. I'm assuming that it's because i can't push the fbs past 1066 due to the limitations of the board
May 4, 2008 7:37:04 PM

Well then definitely get the P35 and ram. If you get the Q6600, it's FSB is already 1066. Since you are a gamer, you would benefit much more from an E2160@3.2Ghz than a stock Q6600.
May 4, 2008 7:37:18 PM

How often do u upgrade, and can you afford to get an after market cooler for the Q6600 when you get it or do you already have one? If you dont upgrade to incredibly frequently then the Q6600 will be the way to go. If you can get a decent cooler then 3ghz should be easily attainable for you. I would go with the Q6600 if this is the case, but if you plan to upgrade again soon I would just OC your current proc to the 2.4ghz that you can get and then later down the road switch to nehlam. Hope this helps.

Best,

3Ball
May 4, 2008 7:39:03 PM

Well then definitely get the P35 and ram. If you get the Q6600, it's FSB is already 1066. Since you are a gamer, you would benefit much more from an E2160@3.2Ghz than a stock Q6600.
May 4, 2008 7:40:57 PM

3Ball said:
If you can get a decent cooler then 3ghz should be easily attainable for you.


But he said he can't go past 1066 fsb. So I don't think he can get a q6600 to 3Ghz.
May 4, 2008 11:00:35 PM

I have an aftermarket cooler right now, it chills my E2160 idle at around 28C and load around 37-40C. The motherboard I have only supports up to 1066 fsb, I'm not sure if that would be a limiting factor, but then again I'm not hugely knowledgeable about this kind of stuff yet
May 5, 2008 1:20:58 AM

Seanydude678 said:
I have an aftermarket cooler right now, it chills my E2160 idle at around 28C and load around 37-40C. The motherboard I have only supports up to 1066 fsb, I'm not sure if that would be a limiting factor, but then again I'm not hugely knowledgeable about this kind of stuff yet


I personally would just get the Q6600 and OC it as high as you can take it, which my only to to 2.7 or 2.8ghz, but alas it will perform very well and have a longer life cycle as far as performance goes. I also dont think that the immediate performance between that and a 3.2ghz dual will be to large. Plus you will have it if you ever decide to do anything with editing or whatever. I dont really edit anything, but I will let you know that making montages of your gaming clips is pretty interesting when you get to show it off to friends and family. Just a though, but that is what I would do. Hope this helps.

Best,

3Ball
May 5, 2008 1:35:54 AM

I have a Q6600, and also the GA-P35-DS3L mobo with 4 gigs of ddr800 ram and currently have it oc'd to 3.2 gigs with 100 % stablility. My cooler keeps it at a steady 27C at idle and 37-47 at load. I could go higher but why, as games go, i play a little of everything with a emphasis on fps. They run great.
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