Core 2 Duo E8400 or Core 2 Quad Q6600?

What CPU should I get?

I plan on playing some graphic intense games such as crysis, and maybe a bit of photoshop/video editing.

I would overclock either, but I was wondering which one would you pick?

My budget is around $1200

If you recommend AMD, please give me a combo of a CPU and MOBO since i'm not used to the brand.

Here is my current setup for my build:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail


PSU: BFG Tech ES SERIES ES-800 800W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.92 SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified GTX 260 NVIDIA HYBRID SLI 9800 GX2 CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC SLI Power Supply - Retail

$69 after MIR

Motherboard: EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

$184 after MIR

GPU: EVGA 896-P3-1267-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail


RAM: G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B - Retail


HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM


Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q - OEM


Monitor: SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" 2ms(GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

$229 after MIR

Heatsink: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail


Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM


OS: Microsoft Windows XP Pro

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More about core e8400 core quad q6600
  1. E8400 for gaming and Q6600 for video editing. I would recommend Q6600 because nobody uses their computer only for gaming. If you overclock the Q6600, you could surpass the point where your CPU is no longer a limiting factor for gaming.
  2. +1 for the q6600
  3. I would actually recommend Intel Core i7 but it would raise your budget considerably. The performance that you get from Intel Core i7 won't make you regret buying it for a premium and it is more future proof than LGA775 I think.



  4. another +1 for the Q6600 if staying with the 780i
  5. Id get a P45 intel board and a Q6600, more stable and overclockable. No need for SLI
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