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Upgrading from a C2D E6600, what do you think of the options?

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October 9, 2008 3:48:25 PM

So I keep reading benchmarks and am finding that my current CPU, a C2D E6600, is starting to fall way behind. I am happy with my Asus Rampage Formula board and do not wish to make the jump to i7 for quite some time, so, I have been thinking about an upgrade.

I am basically Trying to choose between an E8400 or a Q6600. In most benchmarks I have come across they seem pretty even. The E8400 beats the Q6600 in some game and apps while the Q6600 beats the E8400 in some games and apps.

To add to my dilemma, I run a water cooled box and OC my cpu's. Problem is... Both of these CPUS OC great..

At the end of November I am upgrading my video card from a Evga 8800gts 640 SC to a Ati 4870 card most likely, perhaps a 4850x2 if they are out. I am worried about my CPU bottle-necking on a new GPU. My thinking is that the E8400 won't bottle-neck as much if @ all OC'd around 3.6-4.0ghz where the Q6600 might possibly be more of a bottle-neck since it will probably end up around 3.4ghz, But, i am not sure since it's a quad. It probably depends on the game more times then not.

I sue my PC for gaming mostly.

What do you all think?

Thanks for Reading, I am open to any and all suggestions :) 
October 9, 2008 4:07:07 PM

Well, if you use your pc for mostly gaming, then you will probably benefit most from an E8400. Get an E0 stepping and you should easily hit 4.2 to 4.6ghz.
October 9, 2008 4:17:43 PM

I would not upgrade the E6600.
Your E6600 Should easily move well past 3.0Ghz and not limit you in games.

After you upgrade your GPU, then run some tests to see if you are GPU limited.

Most of the CPU limitations are games are not going to effect you since you will only see them if you lower your GPU settings to very low levels. (I.E., Only seen with a benchmark setup, not a real world use setup.)

If you are able to determine a CPU bottleneck, determine if that game supports more than 2 Cores. That will help you decide between a Dual and Quad Core.
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October 9, 2008 4:36:12 PM

I just got the e8400, was trying for E0 stepping but I got C0. Its overclocked to 4.0 with 29c idle temps, and 53c load temps with a 120mm Xigmatek air cooler.

My cooler runs 15c cooler then my friends 300 water cooling @ same speeds. He aint very happy right now.
October 9, 2008 4:42:46 PM

My E6600 is around 3.5ghz on water. I was hopping for 4.0+ on a E84/8500 Cpu while running pretty cool while avoiding any bottleneck on a new GPU. Do you happen to know if Quad bottles like a dual?
October 9, 2008 4:43:38 PM

overclock that puppy and get the 4870 sooner.

you wont see any bottleneck with that e6600 @ 3.0 ghz
October 9, 2008 4:46:11 PM

A quad aint much better then a dual unless its a muti threaded app, or your playing a game, watching a movie, and downloading porn, all at the same time.
October 9, 2008 4:50:16 PM

Can't get the 4870 until the end of November, new Nvidia cards coming out, means possibly 4850x2 and $200 4870 512mb cards :) 

I want to get rid of my CPU before i7 hits and everyone starts dumping c2d on ebay... I can still get $100-125 for my CPU :) 
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October 9, 2008 5:06:34 PM

You can get 3.2Ghz on that E6600 (400x8) without any voltage changes. I went from that to a q6600 and noticed only gains in benchmarks. I now have a q9450 @ 3.4, THATS an upgrade.
October 9, 2008 5:08:58 PM

I know I can :)  it's @ 3.5g... I took it down from 4.0ish since my NB was getting waaaay to hot :) 
October 9, 2008 6:48:17 PM

Interesting, I currently find myself in the EXACT same position.

My E6600 is OC'ed to 2.93 ghz and I haven't hit any performance issues at all. I'm thinking of upgrading my 3870 to a 4850 crossfire...but this mentioning of a 4850x2 is news to me. Anyone have more info on it?

I've decided to hold off on Core i7 as well given the pricing it will have being the 'latest and greatest' and will wait for the cpus, mobos and ddr3 to come down in price.

I'm looking at an E8400 but also the Xeon E3110.
October 9, 2008 7:00:15 PM



if your cpu is already at 3.5ghz, i dont think you will be bottlenecking the 4870 at all

October 9, 2008 7:17:11 PM

I sure hope not, but, the 8400 is really only going to cost me 45$ so I thought it would be a worthy upgrade and get me over 4.0ghz :) 
October 9, 2008 7:17:21 PM

Just today I saw e8500's selling for $75.00 on craiglist. He has five of them and is willing to sell all five for $300.00. That's a bargain.
October 9, 2008 7:25:53 PM

Craigslist scares me!!! Damn stalkers
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October 9, 2008 7:27:05 PM

^ :lol: 

macer1 said:
overclock that puppy and get the 4870 sooner.

you wont see any bottleneck with that e6600 @ 3.0 ghz

+1. Well said!
October 9, 2008 7:29:06 PM

ragsters said:
Just today I saw e8500's selling for $75.00 on craiglist. He has five of them and is willing to sell all five for $300.00. That's a bargain.



Can you say profit spinning from stolen material?

:bounce:  Bounce bounce bounce!
October 9, 2008 7:33:01 PM

orangegator said:
Well, if you use your pc for mostly gaming, then you will probably benefit most from an E8400. Get an E0 stepping and you should easily hit 4.2 to 4.6ghz.


I am thinking about buying a E8400 over the Q6600. What motherboard and memory would you pair with my other parts...

4870X2
Striped 2x Western Digital 10k Raptors
Vista 64
October 9, 2008 7:38:43 PM

q6600 is a smarter choice imo. q6600 @ 3.6ghz = amazing.
October 9, 2008 7:53:23 PM

I would go with a Quality X38/x48 Board. Heck, you could Run two 4870x2's... mmmmm quadfire
October 9, 2008 7:54:20 PM

SizroSpunkmire said:
Can you say profit spinning from stolen material?

:bounce:  Bounce bounce bounce!

if u listened to thunderman, you'd say intel stole the design anyway! :p 
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