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Need Help to select M/b for Intel Quad Core Q6600

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August 7, 2008 12:07:39 PM

Dear All,

I am planning to upgrade my present computer.

I have already narrowed down on the following components:

Processor - Intel Quad core Q6600

Memory - 4 GB/ 2GB

Graphic card - 8800 GT

I would be grateful if you can help me shortlist a suitable motherboard for my configuration.

Would like a mid range motherboard.


Thanks & Regards,
Paul
August 7, 2008 12:19:11 PM

If you don't mind a slightly ageing board, take a look at the MSI P35 Neo2-FR

It may be getting on a bit, bit is still very well featured for the money
August 7, 2008 12:29:42 PM

any p35 board is good :)  the MSI neo's seem to do well... aswell as the GIGABYTE p35 DS3L .
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August 7, 2008 12:42:23 PM

Thanks guys but after going through the comparison of Q6600 and E8400 I have decided to go for the Intel E8400 CPU.

Would be great if you could advise me for the same.
a b V Motherboard
August 7, 2008 12:49:15 PM

panicatak said:
If you don't mind a slightly ageing board, take a look at the MSI P35 Neo2-FR

It may be getting on a bit, bit is still very well featured for the money


MSI = Rubbish
August 7, 2008 1:05:20 PM

spaul2681 said:
Thanks guys but after going through the comparison of Q6600 and E8400 I have decided to go for the Intel E8400 CPU.

Would be great if you could advise me for the same.


It really depends on what you want to do with your computer. Quad core CPUs are normally best used in video encoding, video editing and other multi-threaded software applications.

If you don't use these kinds of applications, then CPUs that run at higher clock speeds tend to be quicker. In this case, the 45 nm E8400 is the next generation up on the Q6600 - so its performance in games and office applications should be better.
August 7, 2008 3:14:26 PM

fhblee said:
It really depends on what you want to do with your computer. Quad core CPUs are normally best used in video encoding, video editing and other multi-threaded software applications.

If you don't use these kinds of applications, then CPUs that run at higher clock speeds tend to be quicker. In this case, the 45 nm E8400 is the next generation up on the Q6600 - so its performance in games and office applications should be better.


Actually the decision was more biased based on the cooling factor needed for Q6600 as compared to E8400. I stay in India and in summers the outside temperatures are like 42-47 degrees and inside temperatures are like 35 degrees. I learnt (from one of the threads in this forum) that Q6600 requires more cooling hence I choose E8400. Also I would not be multitasking so much. How's Asus P5Q Pro M/b for my setup? Do advise.
a b V Motherboard
August 7, 2008 3:40:00 PM

I have the P5Q Deluxe which is a small step up from the Pro, and I am very happy with it. I was able to get my Q6600 up to 3.2GHz easily, and I'm pretty sure if I was inclined, I could get it to 3.6GHz.

At those temps, you'll want to make sure that you have good case cooling. Fortunately the P45 chipset is one of the cooler running around being that it's 65nm. So unless you want to run SLI or CrossFire at 16X16 there is no reason not to get a P45 board.
August 7, 2008 4:27:42 PM

techgeek said:
I have the P5Q Deluxe which is a small step up from the Pro, and I am very happy with it. I was able to get my Q6600 up to 3.2GHz easily, and I'm pretty sure if I was inclined, I could get it to 3.6GHz.

At those temps, you'll want to make sure that you have good case cooling. Fortunately the P45 chipset is one of the cooler running around being that it's 65nm. So unless you want to run SLI or CrossFire at 16X16 there is no reason not to get a P45 board.


Does Asus P5Q Pro have onboard graphics?
August 7, 2008 4:32:49 PM

spaul2681 said:
Does Asus P5Q Pro have onboard graphics?


I just found the answer to this one. Asus P5Q Pro does not have onboard graphics.
August 8, 2008 4:07:21 AM

fhblee said:
It really depends on what you want to do with your computer. Quad core CPUs are normally best used in video encoding, video editing and other multi-threaded software applications.

If you don't use these kinds of applications, then CPUs that run at higher clock speeds tend to be quicker. In this case, the 45 nm E8400 is the next generation up on the Q6600 - so its performance in games and office applications should be better.



But what if the Q6600 is overclocked to say, 3.0-3.2ghz?


It would probably outperform the E8400 in gaming to, right?
August 8, 2008 12:43:48 PM

plagasx said:
But what if the Q6600 is overclocked to say, 3.0-3.2ghz?


It would probably outperform the E8400 in gaming to, right?


Overclocking the Q6600 would cause it to overheat thus defeating the very purpose of choosing a E8400.

I would not be overclocking my rig. I just need a decent rig which would run my pc games with minimum upgrades for the next 1-2 years.

That's why I am planning for :

Processor - E8400

CPU cooling - CM Sphere (RR-CCZ-LL12-GP)

M/b - Asus P5Q Pro

Graphic card - 8800GT

RAM - 2-4 GB (800MHz - DDR2)

SMPS - Cooler Master 650W (already bought) - Good power!

Cabinet - (already bought) Zebronics (Bijli - 1* 120 MM forward fan, 2*80MM side fans) - I have space for one more 120 MM fan in the back, I think I would be fixing that too just to be sure.

I think this should suffice, but then again there is always room for improvement and new ideas!

So do suggest changes/ improvements.
August 10, 2008 3:14:30 AM

Even in the heat of your country, I am quite confident that the CPU temperature will not exceed 60°C (45nm CPUs like the C2D E8400 rarely run above 50°C if not overclocked). The chipset tends to run hotter, though! So watch those temperatures too, not just CPU temps.

If you fit 4 GB RAM and use a 32 bit Operating System, do remember that you can only utilise about 3.5 GB of memory only.

!