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Q6600 to i7 Lynnfield => worth the upgrade?

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December 16, 2009 6:49:30 PM

Hi everybody,

I have a Q6600 2.4GHz Vista machine (not overclocked) I bought back in June of 2007 and I'm wondering if I will see significant performance improvements if I upgrade to a new machine with i7 860 on Windows 7? I currently have 2 gigs of RAM and a relatively weak video card that's not even worth discussing (it was shipped with the machine :pt1cable:  ) I don't do much gaming but I do do a fair amount of audio editing / composition, so low latency is key for me.

While I'm asking, are there any dangers to installing the 64-bit version of Windows 7 instead of 32-bit?

Thanks in advance for your responses!
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December 16, 2009 7:03:36 PM

Well if the audio editing / composition program can use all 8 threads then it will be well worth it.

If it cant take all 8 threads it still maybe worth it due to higher stock speeds (than what you have) and a aggressive turbo boost.
December 16, 2009 7:18:24 PM

You can save money by overclocking your Q6600 to 3.0 -> 3.6 GHZ, add memory to 8 G, and then install a good GPU.

Nvidia has tools that works with Adobe software to make use of its GPU for Math intensive application.

Going 64bit is the sensible path. It will enable you to take advantage of higher memory 8Gbyte and 64bit processing.
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December 17, 2009 2:23:12 PM

If you decide to keep the Core2 system and overclock it to more than 3.0 GHz, you will need better cooling. Here are two under $50 heatsinks that are pretty popular:
Sunbeam
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Xigmatec Dark Knight
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They both require a somewhat different approach to applying thermal compound.
Suggestions for applying thermal compound:
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

And they are pretty large, so they might not fit inside your case.

And here's a good budget cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This one is good to about 3.2 - 3.3 GHz.
December 17, 2009 6:30:20 PM

Thanks guys, I bought my system from Future Shop (yeah I know... :non:  ) so I doubt it's overclock-friendly. Assuming I can't overclock it, how much faster would an i7 860 on Win7 be? If it's only 20-25% faster then it's probably not worth the upgrade; hope someone can advise me on that.

Re: installing 64bit Win7: what I mean is, will this automatically mean my old 32bit apps won't work? (Office 2007, Ableton...). Sorry if that's a n00b question, I have no idea how compatible 64bit Windows will be.
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December 17, 2009 6:47:43 PM

wooodman said:
Thanks guys, I bought my system from Future Shop (yeah I know... :non:  ) so I doubt it's overclock-friendly. Assuming I can't overclock it, how much faster would an i7 860 on Win7 be? If it's only 20-25% faster then it's probably not worth the upgrade; hope someone can advise me on that.

Re: installing 64bit Win7: what I mean is, will this automatically mean my old 32bit apps won't work? (Office 2007, Ableton...). Sorry if that's a n00b question, I have no idea how compatible 64bit Windows will be.


Not really. Win7 may feel snappier but it wont give magical performance boost. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-7-performan...

For the 64 bit issue, these links may help answer your question.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/32-bit...
http://www.w7forums.com/windows-7-64-bit-vs-32-bit-t484...
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10302050-1.html

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