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October 31, 2008 10:59:24 AM

I need a new PC. I would like to buy a Radeon 4870 graphics card. However i'm thinking of buying an intel Q6600 Quad cpu. Will this CPU work ok with the Radeon card or do i have to use an AMD processor?

Thanks.
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October 31, 2008 3:08:24 PM

You do not have to use a AMD cpu. Heck the only CPU you have to use is one supported by the mobo.

You could go with AMD if you choose. A 9950 or 9850 with a mobo with sb750 to overclock them would be the best from AMD

You could go Intel get the q6600 and overclock it(which you should do for that card) Or go with a e8500 if the games/apps you use dont benefit from the quad cores. You could also then overclock that cpu as well.

October 31, 2008 3:52:04 PM

either way you choose just stay away from a motherboard with a nVidia chipset. If you plan to ever upgrade to Crossfire I would suggest you go AMD even though most dual slot Intel boards support Crossfire.

I agree with someguy7 if you choose AMD make sure its got the 750SB chip.

Now be prepaired for the flood of Intel suggestions. LOL Don't get me wrong Intel makes great products its just I like being different. For personal use I have 2 AMD systems and two Intel. Though some would have you beleive the AMD's can't run some new games at maximum settings I haven't found one yet.
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October 31, 2008 4:06:32 PM

stoner133 said:
Now be prepaired for the flood of Intel suggestions. LOL Don't get me wrong Intel makes great products its just I like being different. For personal use I have 2 AMD systems and two Intel. Though some would have you beleive the AMD's can't run some new games at maximum settings I haven't found one yet.


Its not so much that AMD wont play them at max settings, its that if your buying a machine for more than ~$700 and overclocking, then your wasting your money on an AMD. Any overclocked Intel in that price range would smoke the AMD offering more often than not. If your building a system for about $500 like the budget build from this months SBM, then you could get very similar performence from an AMD based machine.
October 31, 2008 4:41:23 PM

Why are we even on this topic heck my one year ol E2140 at 2.8 ghz has never let me down had a x1900 before and my chip was being bottlenecked by my card untill my recent upgrade to a 4830. I vote for cheap intel say a E7200 and then take it to atleast 3.4 that should keep that 4870 working its a$$ off.
October 31, 2008 6:35:49 PM

Brilliant, I think i'll get the Q6600 and OC to say 2.8 or 3ghz i've got a good case and a very good Zalman cooler. Thanks for your suggestions.
October 31, 2008 6:51:15 PM

Kkkk1 said:
I need a new PC. I would like to buy a Radeon 4870 graphics card. However i'm thinking of buying an intel Q6600 Quad cpu. Will this CPU work ok with the Radeon card or do i have to use an AMD processor?

Thanks.


The Q6600 is a multi chip module, it is not native quad core.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq_XG411Lik

Do some research on the difference between AMD and Intel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivx0XYMCZJw

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October 31, 2008 8:35:22 PM

Do not listen to anything that troll above me ever says. EVER.
October 31, 2008 9:02:48 PM

Just ignore enigma...
October 31, 2008 9:13:18 PM

Wait and see the 45nm phenoms do.
October 31, 2008 10:30:04 PM

Intel provides the best (fastest) cpus at the mo. A q6600 go is excellent value for it's power (specially when oc'd).

Ps I'm not a fan boy, that's just the way it is at the mo.
November 1, 2008 1:49:30 AM

boredatcanon said:
Wait and see the 45nm phenoms do.


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