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Upgrage my old E6600 to what?

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December 13, 2008 3:34:11 PM

I am currently overclocking my e6600 to 3.06 on an Asus P5B Deluxe motherboard.
Thinking of upgrading my cpu but don't know the most cost effective one to get (quad or dual). Want to keep my p5b (bios 1236) as accounting (the wife) will not approve both motherboard and cpu as I am also upgrading to an ati 4870 512mb card from an 8800gt. I us the computer for gaming video encoding and general all-round use.

Prices in Canada

Q6600- $239
E8500- $250
Q9550- $387

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December 13, 2008 3:45:22 PM

Go quad, I would go with the q6600 if money is a bit tight. but if you can really afford it go with the q9550. With the q9550 it's much easier to hit the 1600mhz fsb then with the q6600. While I'm fairly sure you board supports the newer 45nm chips you may want to double check.
December 13, 2008 4:00:40 PM

Yes it does support the 45nm cpu's with the latest bois 1236. However I have heard of problems with the e8xxx cpu's having problems with 4gb ram or more installed. Suppose to be a 1237 bios update to solve this, but can only find it for the p5b deluxe wifi board. Don't know if the p5b deluxe and p5b deluxe wifi 1237 bios is the same for both motherboards.
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December 13, 2008 4:12:08 PM

You can accomplish what you want with an overclocked q6600 and in so doing perhaps receive a 'bonus' from accounting.
December 13, 2008 5:01:07 PM

In a lot of games the E6600 and q6600 get the same preformance you could get a Q6600 to around 3 Ghz- 3.4 Ghz

personally id say use ya E6600 for another year its still a good CPU upgrade ya GPU and then after a year get a core I7 motherboard DDR3 ram and a core I7 quad it will be worth the wait

the GPU u can upgrade now as the new core i7 moherboard will still work with it unlike the ram and CPU
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