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Stoneyguy
09-27-07, 09:12 AM
I'm trying to decide between the 2. To me the obvious choice is the Q6600, but I might be missing something. This is mainly just for gaming. I need to bump up my E6400 before Crysis drops. I plan to keep this CPU until spring/summer of next year.

My current specs are:

EVGA 680i mobo
4 gigs of OCZ 800mhz
Vista 64 Premium.
8800 GTS 640

Labyrinth
09-27-07, 09:27 AM
Well do you want a quad core or dual core? In my opinion 4 cores has always been better than 2. The only thing you're missing is the ability to have 4 cores instead of 2!

Can't go wrong with a quad!

Stoneyguy
09-27-07, 09:31 AM
Well do you want a quad core or dual core? In my opinion 4 cores has always been better than 2. The only thing you're missing is the ability to have 4 cores instead of 2!

Can't go wrong with a quad!

That's just it. I'm not sure what would be better for gaming over a 6 month period. I'm pretty sure the E6850 could OC a bit better the the Q6000 and it has a higher FSB. The drawback is that it has 2 less cores. I'm just not sure how this will impact the games coming down the pike.

Amuro
09-27-07, 09:44 AM
Get the Q6600 and make sure it's G0 stepping. Cyrsis will benefit from having 4 cores.

Stoneyguy
09-27-07, 09:47 AM
I plan to order from Newegg, so I don't see any way to insure a G0 stepping. :(

Amuro
09-27-07, 09:58 AM
Newegg should have the G0 stepping by now. Anyways, you can check the box and see if the code ends with 'SLACR'. If not, you can return it.

$n][pErMan
09-27-07, 06:37 PM
Go with the quad.... you can always OC generally with better and better cooling... you CANT however add more cores later ;)

Technoholic
09-27-07, 07:25 PM
Ya know how the words go around, " the more the merrier "

I'd consider quad core, the more the better, the more cores, the better to run everything better.

Like Amuro said, Crysis will be using 4 cores.

breathemetal
09-27-07, 07:42 PM
I'd go quad. The only reason Im not quad right now is because Im just going to wait and build up a new rig before college starts.

hoop
09-27-07, 08:12 PM
i bought mine here

http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=CA1938460

jcrox
09-27-07, 08:42 PM
TigerDirect has the G0's

Saintster
09-27-07, 11:58 PM
I've always wondered with deciding to buy something like this as an upgrade will you really see that much difference in gaming? I mean would you pop in a quad core and get 20-25 more fps or is it a placebo thing where you spend 300 and drop it in and go yeah I see a difference,feels better smoother ect..ect.

LordJuanlo
09-28-07, 04:31 AM
Quad all the way, no doubts. Be sure to get a G0 stepping

MMhardKy
09-28-07, 04:57 AM
I also cannot decide BUT! there is one difference - I'm heading for an ultra silent, aircooled system (I have my reasons for not wanting watercooling). That means a giant heatsink with some slowly rotating 12" fan. The question is: How much warmer would a OC 3Ghz Q6600 get? I suppose a lot...
Is it really time for quad core yet? Will games like crysis benefit that much from it? I was thinking about buying the E6850 now and upgrade to quad early next year, when they won't be so warm.

nekrosoft13
09-28-07, 07:45 AM
funny how fast opinions change. About a month go everyone was recommended dual.

go with quad, pretty much all Unreal Engine 3 games benefit by quite a bit.

Stoneyguy
09-28-07, 08:50 AM
Thanks for the help guys. I was pretty sure going with the Q6600 was the right route, and now I can feel confident going forth with it.

Now I just have to wonder if now is the right time to buy it, or should I wait for Crysis to actually come out and hope for a price drop or game bundle offer.

nekrosoft13
09-28-07, 08:53 AM
i'm personally waiting for January to grab the Q9450.

XDanger
09-29-07, 08:51 AM
i'm personally waiting for January to grab the Q9450.
+1 ,Anyone who buys a quad now is either rich or just mental. esp a qx6850 :retard:
12mb L2 Woohoo :)

Xion X2
09-29-07, 09:36 AM
+1 ,Anyone who buys a quad now is either rich or just mental. esp a qx6850 :retard:
12mb L2 Woohoo :)
I wouldn't say that, now. Crysis will be quad-core optimized, and several other games right now are seeing a benefit from it in CPU-limited scenarios.

The reason people weren't recommending them a month ago is because the B3 steppings ran hotter, had a lower max temperature threshold, and didn't overclock as well. That's all changed w/ the G0 stepping. My Xeon can go all the way to 85C because it's a G0. The previous B3 stepping could only go to 63C.

crainger
09-29-07, 09:44 AM
Thanks for the help guys. I was pretty sure going with the Q6600 was the right route, and now I can feel confident going forth with it.

Now I just have to wonder if now is the right time to buy it, or should I wait for Crysis to actually come out and hope for a price drop or game bundle offer.

There are other quad enabled games. Any of the recent UE3 games make good use of quad cores. Bioshock, Airborne and the like. You could wait, but with the G0's pricing... Why bother? It's not gonna get too much better than it is. :D

Gorion
09-29-07, 10:57 AM
i'm personally waiting for January to grab the Q9450.


+2

q9450 +X48 FTW!!

Mangler
09-29-07, 11:33 AM
There are other quad enabled games. Any of the recent UE3 games make good use of quad cores. Bioshock, Airborne and the like. You could wait, but with the G0's pricing... Why bother? It's not gonna get too much better than it is. :D

Seems like a 3ghz yorksdale can match a 3.6ghz(might have been 3.4ghz) kentsfield in some applications, that might be a valid reason to wait.

Still, an overclocked kentsfield should be enough for the games coming out in 2008-09, since most games will be console-ports/multiplatform anyways.