Im new here. I've been in O/C long time ago ( 2003 to 2006 ) but since start of 2007 i've stopped this because it's take too much $$$.
Now i just play and o/c a little.
My question is: i want to upgrade for a quad core cpu...what do you think it's the best bang for the buck?? and good o/c with air cooling??
Q9X50 look good with is 12mb cache but still around 380$
Q6600 cheap and 8mb cache
Q9X00 6mb cache and not to bad price
Q8X00 only 4mb cache but still 45nm
now im on:
2x 2gb G.Skill PC8500
eVGA 9800 GX2
(and alot of old other stuff that i will put on a second system... 4x 1gb D9GMH...8800GTX)
Best bang for the buck is the still the Monster, the Q6600. 3.2 on Air and higher is feasible.
I'd second the Q6600 for the time being until an affordable i7 comes about.
Three votes for the Q6600, if you want a quad.
Q6600 still look popular.
with a Q6600 what we can expect for 24/7 clock??
do you think 3.6Ghz are feasable?
On air? 3.2 pretty well guaranteed, 3.4 a definate possibility, 3.6 only if you get a really good chip.
I'd say 3.6 is pretty good odds on a Q6600, the bigger question is how much voltage you'll need to make it stable, and by extension, how much cooling you'll need. There's a huge difference in heat output on those chips between 3.2 and 3.6, and you may find that you need louder fans than you like to hold things at the latter speed.
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