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Old 07-08-07, 01:40 PM   #1
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Ok, ordering a new comp next week so I need your opinions fast. I'm stuck trying decide between the Core 2 Duo E6600 priced at $220 on newegg or an Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor at $229.

The X2 6000 is clocked at 3.0GHz while the E6600 is only clocked at 2.4GHz. I've heard the Core 2s are very overclockable though especially with a good mobo. I'm not sure if the same is true for the X2??

Also, I've heard AMD cpus draw more power across the board than Intel's Core 2 lineup. Anyone else want to validate this claim? I definitely want a low temp CPU over a fire breathing monster.

Last but not least, I plan on getting a 8800 GTX which I've heard needs a really good CPU to unlock its potential. Will the X2 work or would a FX cpu be a stronger competitor?
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Old 07-08-07, 02:07 PM   #2
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wait for the price drops within the next couple weeks, pick up the 4000+ X2 for 69 dollars, have the best price/performance ratio chip and overclock it up to the 6000+.
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Old 07-08-07, 02:58 PM   #3
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I wouldn't recommend anything other than the Intel Core 2 Duo or higher right now.
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The Core 2 is better. Much more overclockable and faster clock for clock. In CPU heavy situations it'll stomp the 6000+, or any other Athlon, especially when overclocked.
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The Core 2 is better. Much more overclockable and faster clock for clock. In CPU heavy situations it'll stomp the 6000+, or any other Athlon, especially when overclocked.
Yeah, that's what I thought. When I told me friends though, they kept saying the X2s have a better price to performance ratio. But really the bottom line is performance period. I don't care if I get a GREAT DEAL and then get 10-15 fps whenever an explosion goes off in Crysis :-)
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Old 07-08-07, 05:14 PM   #6
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If you want--Wait for the Q6600 with the GO stepping (highly overclockable) to become available for between $266 and $300. If you want a quadcore. E6850 if just dual.
If next week is it--e6600 then upgrade to the Q6600 and sell the 6600.
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If you want--Wait for the Q6600 with the GO stepping (highly overclockable) to become available for between $266 and $300. If you want a quadcore. E6850 if just dual.
If next week is it--e6600 then upgrade to the Q6600 and sell the 6600.
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Wow, thanks for the tip. This is the first I've heard of the G0 stepping.

I found this thread though:
http://forums.anandtech.com/messagev...readid=2068371

Sounds awesome.

They say the G0 will be available on the 22nd, but thats pretty speculative.

Anyone know whats really going on with these? It sounds like exactly what I want. Quad cores with less power consumption, lower temps and higher overclockability.

EDIT: Oh man... tankguys.com has preorder spots for them. You pay $5 and they will reserve a spot for you when the CPU comes out. The price is expected to be between $275 and $300. If its over $300, you can cancel and get your $5 back.

Sounds like a pretty sweet deal... but $300 for a CPU is getting pretty high up there for me. I normally spend less than $200. My current X2 is the most expensive CPU (by FAR) that I've owned in 7 years and that cost me $190.
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The G0 stepping is where its at.
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Old 07-08-07, 08:39 PM   #9
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Right now your best bet is just to go with Intel Core 2 chips. There the best out there right now, hands down.
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I agree that vthe Core2 CPUs are the best out there, but AMD just lowered its prices again. You can get a 6000+ for only $169 at Newegg! It's very comparable in performance to an E6600 which costs about $60 more. Overclocking can change everything though. If you like to overclock, go with Core2. If not, the 6000+ is the better choice.
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