I recently built myself a rig with a GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R, some G-SKILL memory, and a Q6600. It runs great!
My friend is wanting to build him a new machine from the ground up with a budge of $800. I thought he could get the same components I did and have plenty of cash in his budget to get a nice machine. I was able to secure the same motherboard, but the q6600 is no longer available on newegg. My question is what would be a good alternative?
Also whats a good graphics card to get within his budget? He does want to use it for games. I have a GTX8800. I don't know what they run now but I paid over 600 for mine (when they first came out). What should he get?
I have both a Q6600 and Phenom II 940 in two different computers. Both are great cpu's but I'm going to sell my Q6600 and buy another Phenom II 940.
I recently bought a 940 BE on ebay for a decent price - £150 after tax + free delivery - and I checked out the second hand market for Q6600's and the prices were pretty incredible. I bought my Q6600 brand new over a year ago for £123 and they are selling for £140+ now.
I can sell my Q6600 and midrange IP35 mobo and buy a brand new Phenom II 940 with midrange AM2+ mobo for almost the same cost. The Q6600 is the most amazing cpu I've ever had and whoever buys it will be getting a great cpu, but it can't match the Phenom II 940 at the same price.