This is my first post.
I presently have an AMD x2 6000+ o/c to 3.2Ghz together with a Foxconn 590SLI motherboard together with a 3870x2 video card.
This combination is not getting the performance (3D mark06 11,600) I would really like and has become unstable.
My new DDR2 800 RAM won't even run at it's correct timing.
I have used AMD for years but looking at Intel for my next upgrade.
I'm into gaming, movies etc and would like a processor that will last me a few years at least.
I know Intel are coming out with a new processor by the end of the year but don't want to wait that long.
My choice at the moment is a Q6600/Q6700 or E8400/E8500 for future use maybe the quad core.
I will be buying an x48 motherboard and I want to use crossfire if I change to Intel.
What do members think?
I lean towards the E8400 for the bang for the buck (unless you're playing a particular game optimised for quads) and the X48 for crossfire. It's my opinion that in a years time the Q9450 will be much more affordable and if you want to upgrade then it's a simple CPU switch. That and a HD4870 or even the HD4870x2 (depending on price and benchies) for a very nice gaming rig. Minimum 650w for crossfired 4870s and i'd say min1000w for crossfired 4870x2. http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp?s=2&c=7&t=9354
The ram not wanting to run at it's proper setting makes me think your power supply isn't enough for all you have running on it. The ram is "retarding" itself because of this. Perhaps your video card also.
If you switch over, don't get a 6600 or 6700, buy the newer, cooler running 2.5 chip.
I'm currently using a Corsair 620HX power supply.
I would have thought that power supply would have been enough.
The strange thing is that about a month ago 3Gb of Crucial DDR2 RAM that I had in my PC failed, all 3 sticks!
I replaced with OCZ 4GB Reaper RAM but as I said can't get the correct timing, even OCZ can't help.
Thanks guys and maybe the Q9450 may be my next purchase.
Unless you have a defective PSU, it's plenty powerful to run your rig. Also, I wouldn't put too much stock on synthetic bench marking, it's really when you're using your rig on a day to day basis that you should base your judgement on. You seem to have a pretty decent rig and it should pretty much run anything you throw at it and then some. I'll admit the RAM thing is bizarre, and it's true that a defective PSU can cause trouble there. I experienced it first hand a couple of weeks ago. As it happened, my PSU was defective and cost me two sets of memory sticks. If you can manage that, I would borrow another PSU and see what happens.
Thanks to all.
I have contacted Crucial about my RAM.
While it is enjoyable (but expensive) to upgrade PC's I think I will hold off doing anything with my present PC as some have advised.
I'll wait to my PC really struggles with future games (though in some Crysis chapters I got down to 10-15 FPS @ 1920x1200!) before I upgrade.