Ok, What heatsink would you recommend for getting more out of it? I'm not too fussed about the reduced life of it, as i have a Q9550 sat here doing nothing. But wanted to see what i could get out of the Q6600.
What do you think the cause of the sluggish performance? Even when i take it down to 2.8, it is still sluggish.
I have three Core2 machines in my home network:
GA-EP45-UD3P | Q9550 OC'd to 3.6 GHz (425 MHz X 8.5) C3 stepping
GA-EP45-UD3L | Q6600 OC'd to 3.6 GHz (400 MHz X 9)
GA-EP35-DS3P | E7500 OC'd to 4.1 GHz GHz (373 MHz X 11)
The Q9550 is a dedicated gaming/multimedia system.
The Q6600, now turned down to 3.3 GHz, is a dedicated torrent box.
The E7500 is my workhorse system.
They all run internet and office apps at about the same speed. And because they are all fast enough for what I am doing right now, I have no immediate plans to upgrade.
Sluggish compared to my old E5400. It used to open programs with no problem, used to be quick at video encoding also.
I have 3Gb ram in here at the moment. 2x1gb dual channel, 2x 512mb dual channel. With firefox, thunderbird, skype (in call) and bittorrent open it is as follows:
Ok, I will order a 4gb kit of OCZ DDR2-800 and get back to you. With doing alot of video encoding/photoshop'n, would you say 6Gb is an overkill? I can keep my current 2Gb and add in the 4gb, both configured in dual channel mode.