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April 4, 2010 10:19:21 PM

Is it worth building a computer around the q6600? ive got an older hp which the only good thing on the computer is the q6600. i did some research on parts and they're still commanding a decent premium. Should i just sell the computer and build a new computer from scratch?

Parts breakdown:
CPU: q6600 - $0
CASE: Coolermaster storm scout - $0
MB: Asrock P43DE3 - $81.15
PSU: antec ea500 - $69.99
RAM: Super Talent DDR3-1600 4GB - $104.99
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 750gb - $69.99
CPU Fan: Coolermaster Hyper TX3 - $19.99
GPU: XFX 5750 - $139.99

Total: $486.10

Suggestions guys? I just don't know if it's worth it to upgrade because it's already getting old.
April 4, 2010 10:32:50 PM

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Is it worth building a computer around the q6600? ive got an older hp which the only good thing on the computer is the q6600. i did some research on parts and they're still commanding a decent premium. Should i just sell the computer and build a new computer from scratch?

Parts breakdown:
CPU: q6600 - $0
CASE: Coolermaster storm scout - $0
MB: Asrock P43DE3 - $81.15
PSU: antec ea500 - $69.99
RAM: Super Talent DDR3-1600 4GB - $104.99
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 750gb - $69.99
CPU Fan: Coolermaster Hyper TX3 - $19.99
GPU: XFX 5750 - $139.99

Total: $486.10

Suggestions guys? I just don't know if it's worth it to upgrade because it's already getting old.



I would build a new one.
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April 4, 2010 10:51:11 PM

Sell the Q6600 on ebay and go for an i5 750 build. It should only cost your $30-50 more after you sell the Q6600. The i5 750 is a much better option.

Just for a comparsion I sold my Q6600 on ebay 2-3 months ago for $170 minus $20 in ebay/papal fees. A week ago I bought a i5 750 on ebay for $185 minus $15 in bing cash back.

You can pick up a decent mobo to take the i5 750 to 4ghz for around $100.
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April 4, 2010 10:59:46 PM

yeah I would like to buy your Q6600 but.....not for that price
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April 5, 2010 12:28:39 AM

Q6600 is a good processor but it's a couple of generations old now. Depending on its stepping it might or might not overclock well. The i5-750 can beat it quite a bit in terms of performance, if your budget will allow the increase in cost. If your budget is real tight and you are after gaming performance, you could probably gain more by spending the additional money on your video cards vs. a new cpu.

I've built 3 machines recently with i5-750's and they all overclocked well and run fast. I rejuvenated an old machine containing a Q6600 by installing a new mobo, cooler, 8gb of ram and Win7-64 bit. It didn't overclock as well as some Q6600's do and I wished I had just built a whole new machine vs. trying to reuse these parts.
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April 5, 2010 2:38:02 AM

If you're looking at running with an HD 5750, you probably don't need to upgrade from your Q6600. You can do a pin mod (very easy 10 minute project) to bump your Q6600 up to 3.0 Ghz with stock voltage. There are plenty of guides online for this, just google "Q6600 pin mod" and you'll find some good ones.

I've got mine at 3.3 GHz on stock voltage on a locked down Dell XPS 420. You can get the extra OC beyond 3.0 with a program called SetFSB (again, google some guides on how to do this with your HP's mobo).

What are you playing, and at what resolutions?
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April 6, 2010 2:31:51 AM

I play pretty much every genre- though I lean more towards RPGs. This specific computer Will be running at 1920 x 1200. I don't want to spend too much money, but considering the age of the processor I am more than likely going to sell the whole thing on craiglist and maybe do an i5-720. The computer is going to be used for a little bit of everything. My girlfriend doesn't play games, but I certainly do haha.
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April 6, 2010 7:01:58 PM

Best answer selected by Hollowtek.
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