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Q6600 or 3ghz Core2Duo?

currently have a Dell with an overclocked E4500 @ 2.93ghz/1066fsb/2mb L2
I have a chance of getting a Q6600/2.4ghz/1066/4mb l2
for about $50 on craigslist

Now there is a possibiltiy that the Q6600 is not compatible with my Optiplex
745 though I have read and seen CPU-Z screenshots showing it working

assuming it does work

should I stay with the faster C2D or go slower C2Q

I do like to do light gaming (crysis 2,bioshock 2) but I also
like to multitask and encode video

so I am trouble deciding

I am planning on a new build in about 6 months or so

I was also thinking that getting a Q6600 for around $50 could lead
to a good profit when I build a new system

any opinions,insults,rants and raves is appreciated :)
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  1. BTW overclocking the Q6600 is not an option due to limitations of mobo
  2. $50 for a C2Q?

    thats a no brainer!

    i had a q6600 until i did a stupid move and fried it. bought a E5300 that overclocked to 3.9 like a champ but srtill wanted better performance. just got an E8500 off of ebay for $100 and oc'd to 3.8. still, i think i might have done better with another Q6600 :(
  3. Anonymous said:
    $50 for a C2Q?

    thats a no brainer!

    i had a q6600 until i did a stupid move and fried it. bought a E5300 that overclocked to 3.9 like a champ but srtill wanted better performance. just got an E8500 off of ebay for $100 and oc'd to 3.8. still, i think i might have done better with another Q6600 :(


    I don't think its a no-brainer. Processors of the Q6600 quality are not a whole lot more than $50 these days. This isn't 2008. But if the poster has a 50 to toss at it, its worth the risk at that price point.
  4. FALC0N said:
    I don't think its a no-brainer. Processors of the Q6600 quality are not a whole lot more than $50 these days. This isn't 2008. But if the poster has a 50 to toss at it, its worth the risk at that price point.


    if you would be so kind as to share where $50 Q6600s are i would be forever grateful.
  5. Best answer
    Anonymous said:
    if you would be so kind as to share where $50 Q6600s are i would be forever grateful.


    I said NEW processors that are the equal to the 6600, give or take a percentage point or two.

    An X4 630 is about the equal of the Q6600. It can be had for $79. X3 440 is also comparable, and can be had for $60.

    On the intel side, there are several I3's in the $80-$110 range that are the equal of the Q6600. A little more expensive than the AMD chips, but still very affordable.
  6. remembering that a C2Q is really just two C2Ds together on same package
    so at two threads my 3ghz C2D will beat the Q6600 since I cant OC :(
    and some of the apps I use will take advantage of the 4 cores
    but alot wont
    that is my dilemma


    I was just thinking of another option of using the $50 on a decent PSU on a good sale on Newegg
    for future build
    cant use it right now but stash it for future
    might be able to catch a Corsair or Antec for a good price

    and the seller is selling the Q6600 along with an older but good Asus 775 mobo that can overclock nice as a combo for about $100-120
    I got a couple of junky cases I can throw that and everything else from my tower into
    and then OC the crap out of the Q6600

    but considering I want to build either a 1155 or AM3+ budget rig in six months
    I dont know if I want to deal with that and take away budget from new build


    thanks for the help so far
  7. FALC0N said:
    I said NEW processors that are the equal to the 6600, give or take a percentage point or two.

    An X4 630 is about the equal of the Q6600. It can be had for $79. X3 440 is also comparable, and can be had for $60.

    On the intel side, there are several I3's in the $80-$110 range that are the equal of the Q6600. A little more expensive than the AMD chips, but still very affordable.



    Awesome
    you just got Best Answer for that post

    I was thinking of an Pentium G620 1155 build
    and a G620 is not much more than $50
    so getting the Q6600 doesnt make sense

    you just made my decision for me

    thank you
  8. Best answer selected by king smp.
  9. FALC0N said:
    I said NEW processors that are the equal to the 6600, give or take a percentage point or two.

    An X4 630 is about the equal of the Q6600. It can be had for $79. X3 440 is also comparable, and can be had for $60.

    On the intel side, there are several I3's in the $80-$110 range that are the equal of the Q6600. A little more expensive than the AMD chips, but still very affordable.


    sorry my bad. i though the question pertained to a socket 775 platform, not any AMD or socket 1155/6. :P
  10. I got caught up with the Upgrade Fever
    horrible symptoms of
    spending too much time on Newegg,Ebay and Craigslist
    reading way too many benchmarks and reviews
    spending too much time on Toms :)

    almost an addiction to upgrading you might say LOL
  11. king smp said:
    I got caught up with the Upgrade Fever
    horrible symptoms of
    spending too much time on Newegg,Ebay and Craigslist
    reading way too many benchmarks and reviews
    spending too much time on Toms :)

    almost an addiction to upgrading you might say LOL


    Most people on a board like this have experienced that phenomenon at one time or another! :)
  12. Yes every few weeks I get a bad itch to get a new part LOL
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