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JonathanM
04-11-07, 07:03 AM
Hi guys,

I'm going to be building a new rig soon. I've only got a small budget, as such I've selected the Asus P5N-E as my motherboard and was looking to probably go for an E6300/6400 and see how far I could overclock the CPU. I know both of these chips are pretty overclockable, but have 2 MB of on-board cache.

However, Tigerdirect has a crazy deal on the 6600 for 300$CDN, so it's priced 20 bucks above the 6400 and 40 more than the 6300. The 6600 is faster and has 4MB of cache. However I doubt it's as overclockable as the lower clocked CPU's.

Which do you guys think I should go for?

Thanks for your thoughts guys.




For those interested in the deal, the special for the 6600 started yesterday and ends tomorrow. (April 12th)Click here (http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2280512&CatId=1969) for the page.

Madpistol
04-11-07, 08:10 AM
Intel drops its prices on April 22. I would wait until then to buy the computer if you're on a tight budget. The E6300/E6400 are going to be replaced by processors with 4mb cache, and the E6600 will drop down to the price of the current E6400. It's a win-win deal to wait.

Also, E6600 gets my vote.

DiscipleDOC
04-11-07, 09:08 AM
If you can afford it, I say get the E6600.

JonathanM
04-11-07, 10:07 AM
Yeah I heard the prices were dropping as well. Didn't know the date though. I'm without a system until then, but I should be able to wait.

I wonder if the 4MB cores which replace the 6300\6400 will be as overclockable as the current 2MB ones?

Also, should the 6600 drop to the current 6400 price, then I could possibly take advantage of the price it's at now 299 rather than 379/389 I've seen currently for the 6600.

Xion X2
04-11-07, 11:51 AM
Most E6600s I've seen will overclock to at least 3.4gHz. I haven't seen as many 6400s go that high, although I have seen a # of them that will.

Clock for clock the 6600s are a little faster because of the extra cache.

CybrSage
04-11-07, 11:57 AM
I have the E6300 with the Gigabyte DS3 mobo. I have it overclocked to about 3.2 GHz.

That said, I would go for the E6600, simply for the extra cache.

buffbiff21
04-11-07, 12:44 PM
The 6600 is faster and has 4MB of cache. However I doubt it's as overclockable as the lower clocked CPU's.

Wrong. I have had both an E6400 and my E6600 now and they both OC similar, E6600 being the slight favorite.

E6600 is easier because of the higher multi, also meaning you can save a little bit of $ on RAM.

Stay away, however, from the E4300 and E6300 as native Allendale cores (e4300) have begun showing up in the E6300s. (week Q640) http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1138241


Anyway, I would only get an E6600 if you encode video/audio alot. In every other application, you will not notice the extra cache..

methimpikehoses
04-11-07, 01:16 PM
also meaning you can save a little bit of $ on RAM.

Anyway, I would only get an E6600 if you encode video/audio alot. In every other application, you will not notice the extra cache..

Not that dirt cheap RAM is hard to find these days... :)

JonathanM
04-11-07, 06:29 PM
Well the 6600 is starting to look mighty interesting with all your suggestions.

$n][pErMan
04-11-07, 08:22 PM
E6600 has my vote! :D Great chip!

Madpistol
04-11-07, 09:01 PM
Well the 6600 is starting to look mighty interesting with all your suggestions.

It is a supurb chip @ stock speeds... OC it a little, and you have one hell of a chip. :captnkill:

Rytr
04-11-07, 09:01 PM
E6600...no contest at that price difference.

The processor is 1333MHz capable. Combine with a 1333MHz capable motherboard with PC6400 ram set at 800MHz frequency and you have a solid performing 3GHz machine.

Heinz68
04-11-07, 10:20 PM
Based on the option I sure would get the E6600.
Could not believe how low the price was in $CDN, until I checked with TigerDirect.ca and realized it's the OEM version.
Well if you're about to buy or already have another cooler anyway, the remaining difference is only
the warranty. OEM 12months compare to Inbox 36 months.

There is a rumor about Intel price reduction on April 22, probably I would wait but you should search Google and decide on your own.

JonathanM
04-11-07, 10:42 PM
Yea, I'm opting for OEM as I'm saving almost 100 bucks, which I will be sinking into possibly a water cooling kit.

Xion X2
04-11-07, 10:50 PM
Yea, I'm opting for OEM as I'm saving almost 100 bucks, which I will be sinking into possibly a water cooling kit.

Smart man. On both counts. :)

JonathanM
04-11-07, 10:52 PM
I followed a couple of your guys advice and tried to get more details about the price drop.

I found this (http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core2duo-e6420.html) page on X-bit stating the 6600 should drop to $ 224US ~ $ 255CDN.

I also found this (http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=38681) article on the Inquirer (I know) stating the same price. So it looks like I'll be waiting a tad to maximize my savings.

Thanks for your help guys.

Madpistol
04-11-07, 11:15 PM
I followed a couple of your guys advice and tried to get more details about the price drop.

I found this (http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core2duo-e6420.html) page on X-bit stating the 6600 should drop to $ 224US ~ $ 255CDN.

I also found this (http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=38681) article on the Inquirer (I know) stating the same price. So it looks like I'll be waiting a tad to maximize my savings.

Thanks for your help guys.
Smart move. You'll love the Core 2, no matter which model you get.

buffbiff21
04-12-07, 12:40 AM
The processor is 1333MHz capable. Combine with a 1333MHz capable motherboard with PC6400 ram set at 800MHz frequency and you have a solid performing 3GHz machine.
The processor is far beyond 1333MHz capable. Also, PC5300 DDR2-667MHz RAM would be all that is needed in that case. :POKE:

Dazz
04-12-07, 11:41 AM
Whats wrong with my E4300 it's cheap and overclocks stella. 90% overclock 3.4GHz so far and i am sure it has plenty left in it. This is on air cooling too.

john19055
04-13-07, 12:54 PM
I would get the E6600 because of the extra cache ,not that it that big of a deal ,but they overclock good ,I run mine E6600 at 3.6gigs at 1.31v.

methimpikehoses
04-13-07, 01:02 PM
I would get the E6600 because of the extra cache ,not that it that big of a deal ,but they overclock good ,I run mine E6600 at 3.6gigs at 1.31v.

^^That's an unusually good OC at that voltage though. :D

daveao
04-13-07, 09:34 PM
Go out and get the 6600.

Rytr
04-13-07, 09:58 PM
The processor is far beyond 1333MHz capable. Also, PC5300 DDR2-667MHz RAM would be all that is needed in that case. :POKE:

Thanks for the revelation! :thinker: :D