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Scunner
02-16-07, 02:13 PM
I figured I'd jump on the Core2 Duo bandwagon before I get left behind. I think I'm going to go with the Gigabyte Quad-Core-ready mobo and 2GB of OCZ. I've got an 8800GTX already, but don't plan on getting a second, so SLI wasn't a deciding factor on the mobo. I'm stuck choosing between the E6600 and the E6700.

The 6600 is a couple hundred dollars cheaper than the 6700, and from what I've read, it OCs well, even on air (I've never ventured into more exotic forms of cooling, and don't plan to).

If you've had a similar dilemma, what was the deciding factor on you choosing the E6600 over the E6700 or vice versa?

Bokishi
02-16-07, 02:54 PM
E6600 is cheaper and is just as fast when you OC.

Burner_Tbird2
02-16-07, 04:12 PM
From what I've seen most E6600s OC just as well as E6700. Though I have to assume you're more likely to get a good chip (OCs well) if you go with the E6700. There are a few ppl on here that couldn't get above 3.4GHz with the E6600, but most can get to 3.6GHz w/o much effort. Even still when you think about it, 3.4GHz, that's a 1GHz OC- still spectacular.

Scunner
02-16-07, 05:23 PM
Even still when you think about it, 3.4GHz, that's a 1GHz OC- still spectacular.

Very true.

I've never been into overclocking, even though I had the hardware to do it. I'm a proponent of stability and longevity (who isn't), and quite frankly the AMD X2 line + nVidia chipset + XP in my experience has been a pain in the arse.

But, back OT - if the 6700 OCs just as well as the 66, but has the higher base speed if I chicken out, I may be inclined to go with that. Thanks for your input.

SlieTheSecond
02-16-07, 06:18 PM
At stock the 6700 is faster than the 6600.

I would like to say tho. A properly done overclock will have a very minimal impact of the life and stability of a product.
I have never once had a product die on me due to overclocking. In fact I have to get rid of them before their time because well, a product only stays fast for a few years. Then its considered slow.

Dual Core Joe
02-16-07, 06:39 PM
My E6600 is running stable at 3.6ghz. Why pay for the E6700?

jcniest5
02-17-07, 10:24 AM
My E6600 is running stable at 3.6ghz. Why pay for the E6700?

But then if you also OC the E6700, it's faster then the E6600, correct?

T.h.o.m.a.s.
02-17-07, 10:34 AM
if you can clock it higher yes

at the same speed no

TiKiMaN1
02-17-07, 11:55 AM
Either way will be good.:D

lduguay
02-18-07, 09:56 AM
My E6600 is running stable at 3.6ghz. Why pay for the E6700?
Mine is stuck at 3.26Ghz at 1.525V, should i volt it a bit more?
EDIT: Temp is a bit high.

Scunner
02-19-07, 02:13 AM
E6700 FTW!

I got a killer deal at a local store for the E6700, Asus P5W DH Deluxe, and 2GB Corsair 6400 Dominator. I'm up and running on Vista, and it's beeeyoootiful!