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E6420 to Q6600

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September 5, 2008 5:58:03 AM

Im just looking for some second opinions on this, I found one for about 175$. Right now im running a E6420 at 3.2GHZ Think this is worth it?
specs:
8800 GTX (634 core 1460 shaders 1042 Memory) I just recently added another one for under 160$
p5n32-e SLI 680I chipset
4gb corsair memory @ 800 MHZ 4-4-4-12 (1:1)
850 PSU

Im just looking for some second opinions

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September 5, 2008 6:09:38 AM

It was explained that the NV 6xx chipset doesn't OC quad well.

Now, I was able to get 3.2ghz on my Q6600, but I changed out the NB cooler. I worked stable, until the NB chip cracked. I discovered it later on when it wouldn't boot anymore.

Depending on how cool you can keep the chipset will determine how well you can OC the quad. On a side note, my quad wouldn't post past FSB 375mhz when I was shooting for 3.4ghz (3.375 was the best I could do). That is based on the 650i chipset.

I can only assume the 680i would have similar problems. I'm on a DFI P35 chipset, but haven't tried to push it farther the 3.2ghz.

I'd say it would be worth it, if:

1.) you want 3.2ghz tops
2.) have the right cooling on the chipset & CPU + good airflow
3.) Going with Vista 64bit (I tend to see more cpu usage on Vista 64bit)

Only real benefit would be video encoding. Gaming would still be about the same. Just my opinions. :D 
September 5, 2008 6:15:26 AM

Thanks for the info, I can't beleive i forgot about it not oc'ing well, I might be better off with a 45nm dual core, I mostly just game after all. If i could find something for the right price.
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September 5, 2008 6:29:17 AM

Ya.. perhaps the E8400 would be one of the better option for the 680i chipset, when trying to push the GPU(s), which should be around the same price, I think.
September 6, 2008 12:18:53 AM

with some games it will make a huge difference if you take advange of overlcocking the cpu. if both are not overclocked the same applies
September 6, 2008 12:21:03 AM

Grimmy said:
Ya.. perhaps the E8400 would be one of the better option for the 680i chipset, when trying to push the GPU(s), which should be around the same price, I think.



THE BIGGEST MISCONCPTION IS THAT A SLIGHTLY FASTER DUAL CORE IS FASTER THEN A QUAD CORE - THIS IS NOT TRUE WHEN YOU FIGURE IN BACK GROUND PROGRAMS AND MULTITAKSING.

THG just did an article that is totally wrong! an overclocked quad q6600 is the best way to go for anyone who can run 365-425fsb as any good p35, 780 or better mobo will do - heck even most 680i can run it 3.2ghz
September 6, 2008 6:19:44 AM

dragonsprayer said:
THE BIGGEST MISCONCPTION IS THAT A SLIGHTLY FASTER DUAL CORE IS FASTER THEN A QUAD CORE - THIS IS NOT TRUE WHEN YOU FIGURE IN BACK GROUND PROGRAMS AND MULTITAKSING.

THG just did an article that is totally wrong! an overclocked quad q6600 is the best way to go for anyone who can run 365-425fsb as any good p35, 780 or better mobo will do - heck even most 680i can run it 3.2ghz


STOP SHOUTING AT ME. I'M NOT GOING TO ARGUE WITH THE OP. ITS HIS FRACKEN MONEY SO LET HIM BE. I ALREADY EXPLAINED TO HIM THAT HIS 680I CHIPSET CAN ONLY GO SO FAR. HE COULDN'T EVEN GET 3.6GHZ OUT OF A Q6600.

SO BITE ME.

Edit:

And if you noticed what I posted earlier:

I'd say it would be worth it, if:

1.) you want 3.2ghz tops
2.) have the right cooling on the chipset & CPU + good airflow
3.) Going with Vista 64bit (I tend to see more cpu usage on Vista 64bit)
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