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Is the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4ghz good for modern gaming?

I am thinking about upgrading my computer by putting in an XFX radeon hd 7870. I am 17 and i dont have enough money to buy or even build my own computer. But I have never played games on it before.

So i just want to know how well will the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor perform with more modern games like Skyrim, CoDs, and Battlefield 3.

Thanks
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  1. It will do well with the 7870(a bit of bottleneck), if you can overclock the cpu for 3.2 GHZ it will be better and it's not that hard to do.
  2. The Q6600 is a decent processor but you can make up the gap between the newer processors by overclocking it.

    Here is a gaming hierarchy list for CPUs:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html

    Judging by the list (and I hope it is accurate) the 955 and the Q6600 is very close to each other. That being said for me @ 1600x900 with a HD 7770 I max out Skyrim on ultra settings. If you play at that resolution or overclock the processor you should be able to do the same if not better due to the video card. I can't testify the performance on BF3, still have yet to play it because I a tend to stay away from video games during the school year :lol:

    Can't stop once I get into a game.
    Anyways if you can you could also consider an i3 processor, they are not too expensive and are quite good.

    Edit: Forgot to mention a crucial part of my post, I run the 955 Black edition. Hehehe, bet you were thinking why the heck was I mentioning the 955 and comparing the HD 7770 with no processor.
  3. Yeah, OC that CPU if you can. But even if you can't it will still be fine for playing games.
  4. haha ok thanks dude, but my computer that i have still has the original dell motherboard from when my parents got it, so that is probably a pretty big bottleneck, so do you know of any other motherboards that would be better but are still kind of cheap?
  5. Here is a nice board:
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/G31M-GS%20R2.0/
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157337

    The Asrock page states it can overclock up to great amounts and that it supports processors up to 105 watts which is exactly yours. I assume you still have DDR2 ram?

    Edit: To be honest, you are kind of limited with motherboard choices since the LGA 775 series is no longer in production and so motherboards are also limited. That being said you could look on ebay for a motherboard?
  6. yea i do still have 4gb of ddr2 ram
  7. Okay you should be able to re-use that ram, anyways have you also considered a good CPU cooler? Overclocking comes at a price which is increased heat. You need a good cooler. However since you state money is a bit of an issue then the best bang for your bucks would be this cooler:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
  8. iv heard horror stories about oc, i mean the last thing i want to tell my parents is that i melted the processor, and if i do decide to oc it, what frequency would be the best for both performance and safety
  9. Well get the graphics card first. It will likely be bottlenecked a little bit by the Q6600, but like I said, it will still be fine for playing games. Also most games are not bound to the CPU, they are limited by the graphics card.

    If you feel that you want a little more performance, then go out and buy a motherboard that can allow you to overclock. You also need to buy a good heatsink because the one from Dell is not meant for overclocking.

    I actually recommend not buying a new mobo & heatsink. You would be better off saving up money for a new system like Haswell when it comes out next year. I think you are better off doing that to get more bang for your buck. Yeah, gaming might suck a little for the short term, but completely modern CPU/Mobo/RAM with your Radeon HD 7870.

    I do not believe in age discrimination so I will say to you what I said to a 12 year old....

    Get a job you deadbeat.

    :)
  10. haha thanks ill see what i can do with that job
  11. Well I do not own the Q6600 so I can not tell you the exact settings or cautions of overclocking that processor. However read this:
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2007/07/25/overclocking_intel_core_2_quad_q6600/1
    ^It's about overclocking your processor.

    In addition, one thing I will contribute is no need to worry about melting the processor as long as the temperatures stay under a good range. I would say raise the voltage very slowly in small increments, I hear processors die or get damaged from way too much voltage. I mean WAY TOO MUCH voltage, more voltage than what you need won't damage the processor if its not too much but you should attempt to lower it.

    Edit: You could consider a new build as well like Jaguarskx stated. Though the motherboard and heatsink should not cost way too much but factor in the video card and it piles on a bit. So your at a crossroad now and must decide which road to take.

    Edit 2: Forgot to mention by the time you save up for a new build the HD 7870 should be cheaper since the new HD 8000 series will be coming out soon and will replace the 7k series.
  12. ok thanks i think i might stay with getting the 7870 and maybe upgrading to a new computer in a couple months
  13. Baumber said:
    ok thanks i think i might stay with getting the 7870 and maybe upgrading to a new computer in a couple months


    Consider being a paper boy if there aren't any vacant jobs. I was a paper boy myself once, and the pay was $250 a month, though the actual money depends on your route and how many papers you deliver. I still remember walking through shivering winters while everyone was inside all cozy and everything watching me out their windows :lol:
  14. hahaha ill see what i can do
  15. I do own the Q6600 in my back up gamer and I will be the first to tell you that you will be lucky to get over 3 Ghz with this chip on any current production 775 board because they are based on one of 2 chip sets G31 or G41 and both mediocre overclockers at best. If you want extreme overclocking (3.0Ghz +)on the 775 platform I would look at a used P965X/P975X intel board or 680 or 780i nvidia board. That being said I use the ASUS P5G41T-M-LX Plus with my Q6600 @ 3.0Ghz and a Zalman CNPS cooler which seems to be capable of playing any game I have thrown at it with plenty playable frame rates on a GTX 260 216. Hope this helps if you have any question please feel free to ask.
  16. Yeah 2.80 GHz to 2.93 GHz is about the sweet spot for that die from memory.
    I still have a Core 2 Duo E6600... somewhere.

    They're (E6600 and Q6600) both 65nm parts aren't they?
  17. Best answer
    I'll just let you in on this little piece of information. I actually just got done rebuilding a friends system, my older E8400 based system. Matched with a 550Ti, it's not bad. Now when I had it, I clocked it pretty decently with my modified GeminII cooler paired with two high CFM 120mm fans from silverstone. I got some really nice clocks out of it and at the time it was paired with an 8800GTS 512mb. The E8400 was one of the first .45nm chips if I remember correctly and I had a good batched chip. I did play all the hot games on that rig after I built it. It was retired to him on the cheap to help him get his Diablo 3 on without being on an old dell craptop with integrated craphics. However, the 8800GTS decided to retire itself to the big bin'o'dead cards.

    Just a few weeks ago I tossed an eVGA 550Ti 1GB into the machine.

    E8400 @ stock 3.0Ghz
    4GB DDR2 667
    MSI P7n Diamond (nVidia 680i Chipset)
    eVGA GTX 550Ti
    Sound Blaster X-Fi

    Now, that does sound like a pretty kickin` machine for back in it's day. But in games like Rage, Dungeon Siege 3, Dead Island; it still maxes all the settings (aside from Anti-Aliasing for the most extremes) on them all at 1920x1080. I'm sure it'd handle BF3, maybe not acceptable; but it'd be playable at lower resolutions. I'll go with the general consensus and say don't worry about that processor much. Yeah; back in their day, the E8400 was a better gaming chip as not many games took advantage of a quad core processor and the extra 600Mhz of frequency did help. But as soon as more developers went into supporting triple and quad core platforms; the quad cores started becoming more capable to handle the games and would actually outperform the dual cores with higher clocks.

    I wouldn't worry too awful much about that. I'd be more worried about finding out what you do have sitting in that machine you have. Will the power supply hold the extra wattage from the GPU? I'm almost positive it does, but does the machine have PCI Express lanes for the GPU? Does your power supply have the 6 or 8 pin connectors the video requires, and if not does the card come with the adapters? There's a few other things I'd look into before just slapping a new video card into a machine.

    :)

    I hope this helps out; and don't stress on that processor. It's not going to affect your gameplay nearly as much as some other potential bottlenecks could.
  18. Best answer selected by Baumber.
  19. Hey there,I have an Intel Pentium D 830,GeForce 430 GT and 2GB Ram i am thinking to upgrade my CPU to an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (8MB Cache).I wanna make my pc gaming and i know the Quad core Cpu's are very good i am gonna upgrade and my Ram too soon but first i wanna ask if the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 can run Lord of the rings online,star wars the old republic and league of legends at:Lord of the rings online at Low-Medium graphics with 40-70 FPS (currently running at 10-45FPS its enjoyable)Star wars the old republic i have seen some forums telling i can run at 40-70 FPS at open world not sure what setting i think low-medium and league of legends at 40-70 FPS (currently running at lowest 20rarely and highest 71 with A-A off(Anti-Alliasing).I wanna make my computer Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 4GB Ram and GeForce 430 GT if the Reply's that u give me is gonna be like:"Yes you can play them'' Or "U can play league of legends and lord of the rings online at those FPS 40-70 but not sure about Star wars the old republic"Also i dont care a lot about Star wars the old republic just asking and my Mainboard is compatible i have check it.
  20. Just letting you know this is a very old post and it can get you in trouble in forum for bringing back old topics! since i posted this almost 3 years ago, i have bought a new computer that is specifically built for gaming. it was definitely worth the upgrade!

    But anyways, if you do not want to buy a new computer then there are 3 ways you can go about this.

    1) I would recommend buying the 4gb of ram for sure along with this cpu: http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Processor-2-83GHz-1333MHz-LGA775/dp/B0059E05FM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1440630382&sr=8-2&keywords=intel+core+2+quad

    its a lot faster than the q6600 and it does not cost that much more. Also I would recommend upgrading your graphics card to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127788

    these few upgrades would bring a new life to your computer and it would be noticeably faster. These games would run at medium to high settings if not higher and it would be a much better experience.

    2) you can also buy the q6600 and a new cpu cooler so that it can be overclocked (but ONLY if you have a self built computer that ALLOWS OVERCLOCKING!!). also buy the 4gb ram. either way i do recommend upgrading your graphics card. It will be a huge upgrade for your system and you will not regret the $70 after the rebate. here is a great, cheap cpu cooler that will work great for your computer: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099&cm_re=evo_212-_-35-103-099-_-Product


    3) if you dont care to do either of the other 2 upgrades, which i STRONGLY recommend you do! then definitely get that q6600 and the 4gb ram, there will be a difference but it wont be game changing like the other 2 suggestions would be.
  21. Okey First of all thanks for the reply.
    My computer is very old so i just wanna to make a good upgrade and i dont wanna to cost me a lot also i am gonna upgrade and my GPU to a GTX 660 1GB at the future and the Q9550 Quad core cost more than the Q6600 also is the Q6600 better than Intel Pentium D 830 and better than Intel Pentium G3250 and i have find the Q6600 with 30$ at Ebay and i believe since i upgrade everythink that i want and i am gonna got CPU:Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600,Ram:4GB and GPU:GTX 660 1GB my computer is gonna be gaming?
  22. Recently bought a used Dell Optiplex 760 with following specs:
    1. Dell Optiplex 760 Core2 Quad Q6600 8MB Cache
    2. 8GB DDR2 667Mhz
    3. used EVGA GT430, 1GB DDR3, 128bits, with 96 CUDA Cores, (low profile)

    Since installing EVGA GT430, i' m able to play GTA4, Entropia Universe on by-default MEDIUM settings. Haven't tried GTA5 and a lot of other heavy games but i' m pretty sure, Q6600 + GT430 128bits + 8GB DDR2, i will be able to play almost every old and new game on High, Medium and Low settings.

    There is very little space to install a heavy duty graphics card on this Dell Optiplex 760 without any serious modification.
    The whole system with Q6600, 8GB DDR2 RAM and GT430 1GB DDR3 128bits is now capable enough to play almost every old or new game with HIGH, MEDIUM and LOW settings.

    GTX750 2GB DDR5 is about 150 Dollars.
    GT740 2GB DDR3 is for 100 $$ and
    R7 240 2GB DDR3 is for 80 $$.
    where as the used graphics card i managed to get is
    GT430 1GB DDR3 is for JUST 26 $$.

    The whole computer system with Mouse, Keyboard, Display etc cost me about 180 $$.
    GTX750 is definitely much better than GT430 but 26 $$ vs 150 $$ makes me think, that, when im getting PhysX with GT430 and the game performance is also good enough than why would i get GTX750 which may not work well in this Dell Optiplex 760 and i may end up wasting money.

    Check out the following youtube links.
    this is when i was searching for a low profile graphics card and saw GT430 ad on OLX.
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nvidia+gt430
  23. _RaZ_ said:
    Recently bought a used Dell Optiplex 760 with following specs:
    1. Dell Optiplex 760 Core2 Quad Q6600 8MB Cache
    2. 8GB DDR2 667Mhz
    3. used EVGA GT430, 1GB DDR3, 128bits, with 96 CUDA Cores, (low profile)

    Since installing EVGA GT430, i' m able to play GTA4, Entropia Universe on by-default MEDIUM settings. Haven't tried GTA5 and a lot of other heavy games but i' m pretty sure, Q6600 + GT430 128bits + 8GB DDR2, i will be able to play almost every old and new game on High, Medium and Low settings.

    There is very little space to install a heavy duty graphics card on this Dell Optiplex 760 without any serious modification.
    The whole system with Q6600, 8GB DDR2 RAM and GT430 1GB DDR3 128bits is now capable enough to play almost every old or new game with HIGH, MEDIUM and LOW settings.

    GTX750 2GB DDR5 is about 150 Dollars.
    GT740 2GB DDR3 is for 100 $$ and
    R7 240 2GB DDR3 is for 80 $$.
    where as the used graphics card i managed to get is
    GT430 1GB DDR3 is for JUST 26 $$.

    The whole computer system with Mouse, Keyboard, Display etc cost me about 180 $$.
    GTX750 is definitely much better than GT430 but 26 $$ vs 150 $$ makes me think, that, when im getting PhysX with GT430 and the game performance is also good enough than why would i get GTX750 which may not work well in this Dell Optiplex 760 and i may end up wasting money.

    Check out the following youtube links.
    this is when i was searching for a low profile graphics card and saw GT430 ad on OLX.
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nvidia+gt430


    Gaming with a Q6600 since 2008....still going strong. OC'd to 3.01 (from day one) on room air. Radeon R9208...with a bottleneck, but still playing Star Wars Battlefront 3 @ ultra with no stutter....even in heavy action. Granted, I have a max FPS of maybe 50, but who cares. The Q6600 is by far one of the best CPU's ever built.

    ASUS P5E mobo
    Radeon R9 280 3 gig
    8 gigs DDR2
    500 watts PSU
  24. ballixxe said:

    Gaming with a Q6600 since 2008....still going strong. OC'd to 3.01 (from day one) on room air. Radeon R9208...with a bottleneck, but still playing Star Wars Battlefront 3 @ ultra with no stutter....even in heavy action. Granted, I have a max FPS of maybe 50, but who cares. The Q6600 is by far one of the best CPU's ever built.

    ASUS P5E mobo
    Radeon R9 280 3 gig
    8 gigs DDR2
    500 watts PSU


    Same here.....

    Built my Q6600 rig late 2008.

    Antec 900-2
    Q6600 @ 3ghz
    Originally with a GTX260 Black Edition, upgraded to the HD6970 in 2011
    4gb ram ddr2 (the let down of my system since my board only handles 4gb)
    Corsair tx650
    Samsung EVO 840 SSD

    Lapped my processor about a year after having it and had it clocked as high as 3.4Ghz on air but been running it at 3ghz almost everyday of it's life. Amazing CPU
  25. Baumber said:
    I am thinking about upgrading my computer by putting in an XFX radeon hd 7870. I am 17 and i dont have enough money to buy or even build my own computer. But I have never played games on it before.

    So i just want to know how well will the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor perform with more modern games like Skyrim, CoDs, and Battlefield 3.

    Thanks
  26. Baumber said:
    I am thinking about upgrading my computer by putting in an XFX radeon hd 7870. I am 17 and i dont have enough money to buy or even build my own computer. But I have never played games on it before.

    So i just want to know how well will the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor perform with more modern games like Skyrim, CoDs, and Battlefield 3.

    Thanks


    I have a friend that runs The Crew on ultra ~40fps @ 1366x768p using this cpu + an R7 240 OC Edition.
  27. I bought the Q6600 in 2008 and still running it with 8GB DDR2 Ram with the CPU clocked at 3.4GHz. I am getting an average of 45+ FPS on BF4 @ everything on Ultra without AA. Cooling the CPU with a Noctua NH D15.
  28. Brumak said:
    I bought the Q6600 in 2008 and still running it with 8GB DDR2 Ram with the CPU clocked at 3.4GHz. I am getting an average of 45+ FPS on BF4 @ everything on Ultra without AA. Cooling the CPU with a Noctua NH D15.


    Hey Quick question i have a Dell Optiplex 745 , Can i run a Q6600 , with a ASUS GeForce GT 520 (FERMI) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 ? I have 4 gb DDR2 of ram, and the power supply is at 300 Watts, I am trying to build a gaming computer on a budget, Any tips?
  29. DSTAR_98 said:
    Brumak said:
    I bought the Q6600 in 2008 and still running it with 8GB DDR2 Ram with the CPU clocked at 3.4GHz. I am getting an average of 45+ FPS on BF4 @ everything on Ultra without AA. Cooling the CPU with a Noctua NH D15.


    Hey Quick question i have a Dell Optiplex 745 , Can i run a Q6600 , with a ASUS GeForce GT 520 (FERMI) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 ? I have 4 gb DDR2 of ram, and the power supply is at 300 Watts, I am trying to build a gaming computer on a budget, Any tips?


    for running a Q6600, you will need to make sure your motherboard has a LGA775 socket. The GT520 is not particularly good for gaming as it does not have enough processing power and also the Fermi architecture (nvidia 500 series) is not particularly very power efficient. I think a better idea would be to look for used, more powerful cards if you want to make a build for cheap.
  30. I have the LGA 755 Socket, I was reading that the Q6600 is the best processor i can get for my board, I am just unsure on graphics card. The game im looking to play is Star Wars : The Old Republic,

    How is this? ASUS AMD Radeon HD 6670 (EAH6670/DIS/1GD5) 1 GB GDDR5 SDRAM PCI Express x16
  31. DSTAR_98 said:
    I have the LGA 755 Socket, I was reading that the Q6600 is the best processor i can get for my board, I am just unsure on graphics card. The game im looking to play is Star Wars : The Old Republic,

    How is this? ASUS AMD Radeon HD 6670 (EAH6670/DIS/1GD5) 1 GB GDDR5 SDRAM PCI Express x16
  32. Well, the 6670 should work for that game, but still not the card to get even if you are buying second hand and are planning to get other games in the future.
  33. So far i have been playing GTA5, Entropia, X2 The threat, DOTA2, Star Wars the Old Republic, Car Mechanic Simulator 2015, SecondLife, Arc: Survival Evolved and Half Life 2. For StarWars TOR, i had to buy a wide screen LCD with higher resolution as StarWars require minimum 1200x1600 resolution to run/ play/ display the Login screen/ Loading screen. Arc: Survival Evolved runs so damn SLOW on my current GT430 1GB 128bit DDR3 like 3 to 7 Frames per second BUT at least does not crash.
    Dell Optiplex 760's motherboard setup inside CPU case is like this
    >>>>> http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/t/19506721 <<<<<
    For my PC parts requirements i refer to the following websites which are local sites.
    >>>>> http://www.czone.com.pk/ <<<<<
    >>>>> https://www.olx.com.pk/karachi/computers-accessories/ <<<<<
    So far, GT430 is sufficient enough to run the games i play. Doesnt feel any need to upgrade it with a GTX XYZ card anytime soon. But maybe later when the prices goes down and i can find a bargain deal from some place local.
    Ohh and the prices of a Q6600 computer system with bare minimum components has been dropped by about 20~30 dollars. So its as inexpensive as a core2duo 2.9GHz was when i bought it.
  34. Just a noob question. I have an asus p5b-vm motherboard here and I am planning to buy an core 2 quad q6600. Can I overclock this processor with my motherboard? Thanks!.
  35. ar the good old q6600. Yes It will work but won't get you very far. make sure you have ddr3 install with it. do not use the EVGA motherboard on the Q6600. get an after market cooling since you are in a budget you can try the evo212 (it about 30buk and when you upgrade later you can still keep the heatsink)
    dont over pay for the computer. it not worth it. only pay for the part thats you can reuse. example hdd, heatsink, PSU, case. things that you can't reuse would be CPU and Motherboard. item you maybe able to reuse is RAM. even ddr3 may come to an end soon in few years time. so don't pay too much for the Q6600. you should be able to play most game with mid setting with the pc if you have an good video card.
  36. Ron16 said:
    Just a noob question. I have an asus p5b-vm motherboard here and I am planning to buy an core 2 quad q6600. Can I overclock this processor with my motherboard? Thanks!.


    LOL don't hijack someone post like this. ask your own question on a new topic .
    by the way about your question. The VM is not a good choice of overclocking. you maybe able to do a bit of oc? maybe up to 3.0? and with the ddr2 ram. you won't get far with this pc anyways. your ram speed will bottleneck your video card.

    don't lazy just google "Asus P5B-VM SE OC capabilities"
  37. Baumber said:
    I am thinking about upgrading my computer by putting in an XFX radeon hd 7870. I am 17 and i dont have enough money to buy or even build my own computer. But I have never played games on it before.

    So i just want to know how well will the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor perform with more modern games like Skyrim, CoDs, and Battlefield 3.

    Thanks


    So, I'm running a venerable XPS 420 with Q6600 and 8 GB RAM (667 MHz). The biggest performance boost I got with this PC...an SSD with upgraded 64 bit Windows 8.1. The RAM upgrade had little impact as I was at 4 GB when originally purchased (with 32 bit VISTA).

    I also upgrade from 8800GT (at original purchase) to an ASUS GTX 550Ti. My power supply (DELL 425 W) can handle it well and GPU temperatures are OK.

    I use the PC for media and general productivity. When it comes to gaming, I'm running World of Tanks at 1920x1080 plus full details at 32fps.

    I also OC using software called "SET FSB 2.2.134.98", with the clock generator in the software's menu selected to "CV184-2APAG". With this I can eek out 2.8Ghz from the stock 2.4GHz.

    I recall the Q6600 can also be physically OC'd to 3.0+Ghz with a PIN mod. There are a couple of posts that explain this in detail, with pics. However, I am not adding a new CPU cooler at this point, so the software OC is adequate for my needs.
  38. Q6600 is very good with OC. it easy to get to 3.2 and with some time to push it you can even get higher. but OC = good psu and motherboard. you have to check that yourself if it will work on your case.
    what will be limiting you to game is the DDR2 ram. I had the same rig as my last PC with 2x8800gt later upgrade to 480GTX. you will see some bottleneck caz of the ram. but you can still get by with most game.
    make sure you don't use stock cooling if you are doing any OC. if you are on a budget a evo212 can sometime be under 30buk.
  39. I've been having good luck with the Q6600, so far. I haven't really played PC games since Wing Commander 3 was new, so it has been an eye-opening experience.
    Anyhow, I got a real bargain on a co-worker's left over PC parts, including a modular 750 ps, a Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L mb, 4gb ddr2, a 160gb hdd, and a decent NZXT case to put it all in. I added a cheap optical drive, Win7 SP1, and 2 240gb ssds (another new thing to me, had to try them out, amazing how cheap it all is now). All of this came together at the same time that I got an unbelievable deal on a nib Asus STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5...I never intended to get such a powerful card, it just fell in my lap and I couldn't pass it up.
    Thus far I have been mostly reminiscing with games past, like Civilization 3 and Sins of a Solar Empire. The machine has no problem running these, of course. I have been playing Starpoint Gemini 2, which is coincidentally like Wing Commander, with all of the video settings set to maximum, and the only problem that I had was my 6 year old wireless mouse cutting out during combat. I fixed that problem today with a new G502 mouse...it's crazy how much I have missed out on in the years in between, but now I get the pleasure of catching up with the rest of the world.
    I'm pretty confident that this machine is very capable of running a great deal of games, I only hesitate when the game requirements call for i5/i7 processors...but that still leaves a lot of games. Overclocking sounds interesting, though. That may be something to try when I get bored with what I've built...
  40. I did finally do the PIN MOD (aka BSEL mod) per the following site:

    http://hubpages.com/technology/Get-more-from-your-Quad-Core-Q6600

    Was very easy; took me no more than 25 minutes. As I have the DELL XPS420, the X38 motherboard is proprietary and the BIOS is locked. As such the PIN mod was the only option to fool the PC into thinking it has a 1333 Mhz FSB requirement, as opposed to the 1067Mhz default. Note, the Dell X38 is capable of 1333Mhz. This brought the bus to 333Mhz and the CPU to 9x that...or 3.0Ghz.

    I then boosted performance to 3.1Ghz using SetFSB, with the CV184-2APAG clock generator selected and FSB slider set to 295/380 (default with PIN mod is 283/380, without pin mod its down at 213/380).

    Now PC runs 3 degrees hotter at ~46C, up to 68C when the Intel CPU burner test is set to HIGH. VID is now 1.325V when clock is 9x.

    I also OC'd the GTX 550Ti card by boosting voltage to 1.112V with +104Mhz for CPU clock, +36Mhz for mem clock. Stable at these settings. Temps at 36c min load to 62 C max load.

    Heaven Benchmark is now 591.

    Will mod further with XPS 720 3-loop cooler to replace XPS 420 2-loop cooler. Same dimensions, just necessary to drill three more holes in the top of the plastic mounting bracket/shroud to make room for the extra cooling loop. $7 on eBay with an additional 120cfm fan..not bad!!!!

    Hey, this old PC might even go a bit longer, given this noticeable performance improvement!
  41. Rdowney83619 said:
    I've been having good luck with the Q6600, so far. I haven't really played PC games since Wing Commander 3 was new, so it has been an eye-opening experience.
    Anyhow, I got a real bargain on a co-worker's left over PC parts, including a modular 750 ps, a Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L mb, 4gb ddr2, a 160gb hdd, and a decent NZXT case to put it all in. I added a cheap optical drive, Win7 SP1, and 2 240gb ssds (another new thing to me, had to try them out, amazing how cheap it all is now). All of this came together at the same time that I got an unbelievable deal on a nib Asus STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5...I never intended to get such a powerful card, it just fell in my lap and I couldn't pass it up.
    Thus far I have been mostly reminiscing with games past, like Civilization 3 and Sins of a Solar Empire. The machine has no problem running these, of course. I have been playing Starpoint Gemini 2, which is coincidentally like Wing Commander, with all of the video settings set to maximum, and the only problem that I had was my 6 year old wireless mouse cutting out during combat. I fixed that problem today with a new G502 mouse...it's crazy how much I have missed out on in the years in between, but now I get the pleasure of catching up with the rest of the world.
    I'm pretty confident that this machine is very capable of running a great deal of games, I only hesitate when the game requirements call for i5/i7 processors...but that still leaves a lot of games. Overclocking sounds interesting, though. That may be something to try when I get bored with what I've built...


    That monster GPU for the Q6600 is certainly bottle-necked...but you can relieve some of that pent up capability with a decent overclock. I have read about others going to 3.2 Ghz with stock air coolers...much higher with aftermarket setups. Depends on each chip, system, etc. But the Q6600 should easily make 3.0Ghz with adequate cooling.

    The biggest improvements with my upgrade on this old horse. 1) SSD, 2) nice 28 in. HD display, 3) a decent GPU (today I would go for GTX750ti as best match...or simply get something over-matched that could easily be used on next PC in 1-2 years...like the GTX 960), 4) moderately OC'd CPU and GPU (with all risks/caveats understood), 5) 64Bit OS on the SSD, to take advantage of greater than 3.6GB of RAM.
  42. I still use a 7870 for 1080p gaming and it is great. But I have an i5-3570k... I think your cpu will slow it down, but the video card is still pretty good for 1080p. It is about 5% slower than R9-370.
  43. Baumber said:
    I am thinking about upgrading my computer by putting in an XFX radeon hd 7870. I am 17 and i dont have enough money to buy or even build my own computer. But I have never played games on it before.

    So i just want to know how well will the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor perform with more modern games like Skyrim, CoDs, and Battlefield 3.

    Thanks


    If u have a good mobo and fine overclocking knowledge, you will do it without bottlenecks !
  44. Holy repeat necromancy. A dark art indeed.
  45. djangoringo said:
    It will do well with the 7870(a bit of bottleneck), if you can overclock the cpu for 3.2 GHZ it will be better and it's not that hard to do.


    wiill u plz tell me to how overclock the cpu plz plz reply me as soon as possible Bro
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