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January 8, 2009 9:36:49 AM

Hi Guys
I am brand new at this so please bear with me. I've retired early for health reasons; so decided to build a computer as a hobby.
For exactly the same amount of money. I can use either the Q6600 or the E8500 cpu on the mobo i bought. I realize the 8500 is a little faster. But what about overall performance?

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January 8, 2009 10:42:51 AM

It depends on what the PC is being used for.

If gaming the higher clock speeds have a slight advantage.
For anything else the Quad is superior eg decoding, photoshopping, running lots of apps at once. The Quad will also offer more in the way of future proofing as new apps utilise more cores. In order to fully realise the power however you would need Vista 64 as it supports multicores much better.

If you intend to overclock, the Q6600 will reach 3.0GHz with ease, and many here reach 3.3-3.6GHz.

Its a good hobby to take up btw ;) 
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January 8, 2009 11:01:28 AM

My Q6600 is sat at 3.2GHz permanently, never looked back!
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January 8, 2009 11:11:27 AM

64 bit has nothing to do with the number of cores, pr2thej is incorrect.

The future is in many/multi-cores systems. If you have the money for a q6600, it would be a big mistake to go dual core(ie. E8500).
January 8, 2009 11:44:25 AM

Aye scrap my comment about 64 bit, i must admit i heard it in passing. Just did a bit of research and it doesnt seem to make any noticeable difference whether you are on 32 or 64 bit with a quad so apologies for that.
January 8, 2009 12:00:05 PM

Thanks guys

Just went to newegg and ordered the Q6600. It was a whole 3 dollars more than the 8500.

So now for the graphics card.
January 8, 2009 12:11:44 PM

Q6600 vs E8500, E8500 wins in game by only a small %. The new video card drivers from both ATI (next upcoming driver 9.1) and Nvidia are Quad optimize and the Quads are getting better in games and the lead the C2D had over the C2Q is getting smaller.
January 8, 2009 12:33:18 PM

Whats your GPU budget? If you want to slay everything then the Nvidia 295 / 285 are out imminently, supposedly the 295 tops the Radeon 4870 marginally.
Best bang for buck is still Radeon 4850 imo, and would compliment your CPU well.
January 8, 2009 12:41:37 PM

Thanks again. I'm totally confused with all this. Looks like radeon 4850 will be an idea.
January 8, 2009 1:07:55 PM

ibedaler said:
-either the Q6600 or the E8500 cpu

I narrowed things down to these same two choices last aug. I am happy with my Q6600 oc'd at 3.0. A lot of apps may not be optimized for quad yet but in a year or two the upgrade I will have to consider is Q6600 vs. Q9550. And chances are it won't be worth spending any $$ on an upgrade since I did not buy the E8500.
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January 8, 2009 1:21:27 PM

You say you're building the computer as a hobby. what do you plan on doing with it afterwards?

Games? Any in particular?
photo and video type things?
just surfing?

unless you're taking on modern 3D games the 4850 would be a waste of money.
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January 8, 2009 1:27:53 PM

q6600 for future proofing.
i have my q6600 at 3.4ghz
i went to 3.6 and my motherboard died (being rma'd 3year warranty baby!)
its good to
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January 8, 2009 8:12:56 PM

If you are going to OC the Q6600, get a good cooler for it.
January 9, 2009 7:05:20 AM

hehe slow down he only just became a computer geek :D 
January 9, 2009 11:09:52 AM

ok sorry to sound stupid, i've never done this before and im just spending some serious "for me" money on a new pc.

asus p5q

4gb corsair dominator 1066

Q6600

Zotac GTX 260 896Mb 216

LG Blu ray player

does this sound ok, and how do i overclock the CPU?
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