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E8500 vs Q6600 / PC-6400 vs PC-8500

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August 7, 2008 10:00:15 PM

Heres what Im looking at:

1 x Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16GHz) Socket 775 Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
1 x OCZ 4GB Kit (2x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz/PC2-8500 Reaper Memory HPC Edition Dual Channel
1 x Arctic Cooling AC-FRZ-7P Freezer 7 Pro Socket 775 Processor Cooler
1 x Hi-Power Black 800W Modular 13.5cm Fan PSU - 4x PCI-E, 20+4pin, 6x SATA
1 x Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB Hard Drive SATAII *32MB Cache* - OEM
1 x Samsung SH-S223F 22X DVD1RW/RAM/DL Serial ATA Black Bare Drive - OEM
1 x Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3 iP35 Socket 775 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard

I've allready got an 8800gt 1gb gfx card.
I have a creative X-fi music card already so im not fussed about onboard sound.

I mostly use my pc for watching tv series/movies and playing enemy territory (old q3a engine game), however I do extract a lot of large rar archives (I'm addicted to usenet) so was woundering if I would be better off with an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 Stepping (2.4GHz 1066MHz) Socket 775 L2 8MB Cache"?

I can get the same amount of ddr2 for around £30 pounds less, is 8500 really worth it over 6400?


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August 7, 2008 10:17:32 PM

I would consider the PC8500 for use with the e8400 but probably not the Q6600 especially if you are using an Arctic7 Pro with the quad. It is a nice cooler but I think you will run into heat issues with the quad before you have problems the memory. The pc6400 will work fine for either but I think when maxing an OC on the e8400 and a high FSB; the pc8500 would be a better match.
August 7, 2008 10:20:10 PM

i am not sure about 1333 FSB for E8500. it is 9.5x333. So the FSB should be 666 for 2 core.

ddr2-6400's FSB is 400
ddr2-8500's FSB is 533

if you go with E8500, you will almost certainly O.C it beyond 400 FSB, so you should get ddr2-8500.

but if you go with q6600, which by default is 266x9. you will probably not be able to o.c it beyond 400 fsb, so ddr2-6400 is fine.
September 13, 2008 7:07:10 AM

what the hell are you smoking? quad pumping in processors has been used since P4 and has nothing to do with the number of cores. get your facts straight. FSB is 1333 mhz