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Q6600 vs i3 3220

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October 27, 2012 11:45:07 AM

i have a q6600 stock cant overclok crapp mobo and planning to get a gtx 660 or 560ti but what if i get a core i3 3220 + gtx 550ti or will perform better in games than q6600@2.4ghz + gtx 560ti

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October 27, 2012 11:47:13 AM

another question is there a big diffrence between i3 2120 and i3 3220
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October 27, 2012 11:58:35 AM

There is almost no difference between the I3 2120 and 3220, the 3K draws less power, but that's where it ends. Instead of wasting your money downgrading (theoretically) from a Quad Core to a Dual Core, why not go out and spend 1/4 of the money for the I3 on a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 and OC that Q6600 to a more reasonable clock speed for a modern CPU, something like 3-3.4Ghz and it should (In theory) match some I5's. Pretty sure any Motherboard can handle that kind of OverClock :) 
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October 27, 2012 12:01:01 PM

its an intel motherboard oc on it is so difficult
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October 27, 2012 2:06:59 PM

Your better going for the I3 in the long term with a decent Z77 motherboard as this will at least give you a decent upgrade path in the future.

The Q6600 have had an excellent run but it's time to move on as your always going to be limited by the RAM on the old 775 MB.
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October 27, 2012 2:17:21 PM

He'd only be able to upgrade to the 3rd gen i5's and i7's at max...the LGA 1155 socket is nearing it's end.

OC'ing on an cheap intel mobo is next to impossible...i have one myself.
A weird suggestion i have is that you sell your current mobo, and get a new LGA775 mobo that supports DDR3 memory from either asus or gigabyte, and then OC your q6600 to around 3GHz :) 
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October 27, 2012 3:30:27 PM

And staying with the 775 socket limits you even more as your limited to a little better Quadcore. If they're budget is limited then yes I'd agree but if they have a few quid to spend then I'd still go with the 1155. Then at least you have the choice of a better upgrade option in the future.
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October 27, 2012 4:53:08 PM

$hawn said:
A weird suggestion i have is that you sell your current mobo, and get a new LGA775 mobo that supports DDR3 memory from either asus or gigabyte, and then OC your q6600 to around 3GHz :) 


Yes it is a weird suggestion and not a very good one, lol. You talk about LGA 1155 being a dead socket and then you recommend buying a dinosaur that is nearing extinction. Not very smart.

OP, get a lower end Ivy i5, if you can, with a Z77 board. If you can't get any i5, the i3 will do just fine (and be better than the Q6600), but you'll probably want an upgrade at some point in the relatively near future, too.
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October 27, 2012 7:38:16 PM

im already upgrading its just a temporary should i get the i3 or no
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October 27, 2012 7:39:27 PM

im upgrading to i5 in 4 5 months am building a new pc but i just wanted to play the new games should i get the i3 oshould i put the gtx 560ti which i will putting with another one in sli in my future build or the i3 gtx + 550ti
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October 27, 2012 7:43:04 PM

bigo8888 said:
im upgrading to i5 in 4 5 months am building a new pc but i just wanted to play the new games should i get the i3 or no

buy the gpu and forget about the i3. Wait till you can't run games well any more and upgrade everything. The i3 isn't worth an upgrade.

a 560 ti is much better performance than a 550 ti no matter which cpu you are using between the 2.
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October 27, 2012 7:44:40 PM

so will the q6600 + gtx 560ti can run recent games on decent fps on 1440x900 ??
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October 27, 2012 7:44:56 PM

bigo8888 said:
so will the q6600 + gtx 560ti can run recent games on decent fps on 1440x900 ??

yes
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October 29, 2012 6:26:14 PM

esrever said:
yes


any links to help? not that i'm hijacking the thread but like the OP i'm in the same dillema. especially at cpu bound resolution of 1440x900. i've a feeling the 3220 will pull out significantly.
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October 29, 2012 9:30:19 PM

wh3resmycar said:
any links to help? not that i'm hijacking the thread but like the OP i'm in the same dillema. especially at cpu bound resolution of 1440x900. i've a feeling the 3220 will pull out significantly.

really depends on the game but the 6600 should be able to play games at about 60fps as long as you have the graphic power. Some games like mmos where many players affect fps will not work as well but any cpu will struggle in those situations.

Just check out any cpu review and see that even the lowest end cpu is above 60 fps at 1080p which means you get as good or even better fps at your lower resolution. The i3 will be better but why upgrade if you don't need to?
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November 23, 2012 9:58:07 AM

DJDeCiBeL said:
Yes it is a weird suggestion and not a very good one, lol. You talk about LGA 1155 being a dead socket and then you recommend buying a dinosaur that is nearing extinction. Not very smart.

OP, get a lower end Ivy i5, if you can, with a Z77 board. If you can't get any i5, the i3 will do just fine (and be better than the Q6600), but you'll probably want an upgrade at some point in the relatively near future, too.


I know it's a weird suggestion but for the cost of a Good 2nd hand MOBO (I think mine cost £40 from ebay) I was able to push my Q6600 up to 3.4Ghz and my new MOBO has DDR3 RAM support so I've got 8Gb of Kingston HyperX. The bench mark result for the Q6600 are very low because of the low clock speed (stock). I'd love to have a nice shinny I5 like I use @ work but my Q6600 is faster for everything I do. Although my work PC has a very poor graphics card but then I don't play games @ work often.
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