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baldbrad
11-17-06, 08:40 AM
Hello all,

I have a question...;)in about 3 months,when i get my taxes back im going to be building a new rig,i read and research just about any project i do,be it computers,renovating,ect.

Any ways i have all of my componets picked out for my new rig except the cpu.

I'm torn between the e6600 and the e6400,i know that both overclock well with a good motherboard,which is why im going to be getting a Giga DS3 mobo(really want a evga 680i,but i cant spend that much on a mobo)

My question is this on the e6600,is the l2 4 mb cache really worth another 100 bucks.this rig will be my gaming rig,so i just need to know if im going to see a good enough increase in performance over the e6400.


My parts,i'll have around 1100.00 to spend:

Giga DS3 mobo....150.00

Evga 8800 gts....450.00

Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4 2GB....275-300.00

Cpu....215-315.00

As you can see if i get the e6600,ill have sacrifice and get different mem or a different Vid card.

If any of you have any suggestion's,i'd love to hear em.Also i wont upgrade for 3-4 years,hence getting a dx10 card now.

dsessom
11-17-06, 09:19 AM
In short, NO. The slight performance gain is not worth the extra $100 - especially when you are talking about sacrificing the video card or system memory. In a gaming the THE most important factor is the video card, period.

I'd go with the e6400 bro.

SH64
11-17-06, 09:23 AM
Although the extra cache wont make a huge difference I'd go for the E6600 no matter what esp if i'm getting such a high end card.
get different (cheaper) mem if possible but dont degrade your CPU since you're going for the long term.

dsessom
11-17-06, 09:53 AM
Although the extra cache wont make a huge difference I'd go for the E6600 no matter what esp if i'm getting such a high end card.
get different (cheaper) mem if possible but dont degrade your CPU since you're going for the long term.

The reason why I wouldn't do this is because with the good Corsair memory, you will definitely be able to overclock the piss out of the e6400 and far surpass the performance of an e6600.
But if you scrimp on memory, you might not be able to O/C as well.
Besides, a future CPU upgrade will likely be LESS expensive then a memory upgrade.

baldbrad
11-17-06, 03:12 PM
ok.thanks for the info,seems it's 2-1 e6400:)i'm really hoping that prices will drop on the cpu's in the next 4 months,only then would i get a e6600.

Bearclaw
11-17-06, 03:17 PM
ok.thanks for the info,seems it's 2-1 e6400:)i'm really hoping that prices will drop on the cpu's in the next 4 months,only then would i get a e6600.
Same here. A 100 dollar difference is huge and can go towards something else I need.