I just got a new ASUS P5G41T-M LX PLUS LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard and have some Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3 1333 (it was $30 and I'm hoping it will just run at 1066 or work at 1333) 2x4 to upgrade my wife's C2D E6400. Now for her purposes this will last her for a few more years. I figure if I pick up a Quad core while I still can, somewhere in the Q9400range or $200 whichever, I will be able to upgrade the GPU, currently a 1024MB DDR3 GT430, and processor and get maybe a total of 5-7 more years out of this machine. As I understand it the E6400 is pretty good to OC but if I kill it I want to have a backup on hand. if I don't I plan on 7 years. I know I could do better and build an i3 for around the same amount of $$$ but she has an attachment to this thing. I will get the "Dell" out of it eventually. My question is a 2 parter:

1. where is a reputable online retail seller I can get one brand new? New egg and Tiger direct have none and I don't really recognise the other sites goggle gives me.

2. In the Q9400-ish range what would be the best to OC?

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  1. After some research I found fhe q6600 highly recommended around $80 then I found some QX6700's for around $200. My new question is which will be easier to OC with this board ASUS P5G41T-M LX PLUS LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX?

    Please anyone...
  2. The Q6600 (65nm) was a great chip in its time, a slightly newer model will overclock higher more easily and produce less heat

    My Q6600 is stable at 3.6GHz but gets too hot for comfort while doing anything Serious, like folding@home or Prime95 stress testing etc

    Newer model Yorkfield 45nm chips maybe can hit 4GHz and still be cooler

    It could be said that the QX "extreme" model chips are maybe even now a little overpriced for the performance gains over the regular versions

    Good Luck on the upgrades
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