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Old November 25, 2011, 06:39 PM
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OK, I just picked up a Q6600 with Gigabyte EP35 board for $20 at Free Geek. Now assuming that it's legit and working properly, which CPU should I use? I see BF3 suggest a quad-core but the Q6600 is slower frequency wise. I be using it for the following:

1. JDeveloper and SQL Developer
2. Civ 5
3. Future BF3 and MW3

My current rig is E8400, ATI 4850, Asus P5QL-Pro (P41), and 8 gig of DDR2-800. I notice that Civ 5 will load up close to 90% of CPU resource on both cores on E8400 but read that a quad-core of same speed won't be a lot of difference. I'm not considering overclocking since I'm not comfortable with it and can't afford to blow the rig.
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Old November 26, 2011, 12:13 AM
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E8400 will be faster for the majority of games. I can't speak for Civ 5, BF3 and MW3 CPU performance, but benchmarks should be readily available with a quick search.
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Old November 26, 2011, 03:28 AM
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From what you've mentioned only MW3 will run faster with the 8400.
Take the 6600 and OC it.
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Old November 26, 2011, 10:45 AM
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Simple, if your not OC'ing Q6600, if your OC'ing then the E8400, my old E8400 would OC to 3.8 Ghz with little effort, a little more tweaking and had it running at 4 Ghz, your Q6600 won't be able to achieve this.
The higher clock speeds will be more advantageous then the additional 2 Cores, particularly if your running a decent GPU (higher CPU clock speed will minimize CPU bottleneck).
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You call. I would go for the e8400

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Old November 26, 2011, 11:35 AM
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Looks like you are building and compilng things I would actually go for the q6600 because of the multicore and multitasking you do. Like what pretty much everyone above posted the e8400 is a faster core and is better then the q6600 in most games but as for compiling things q6600 all the way. I have owned both and noticed differences between the two in both gaming and compiling.
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Thanks for the advise guys. I think I'll OC the Q6600 to 3.0 since I found some stable settings posted online. I can't believe someone just tossed out a G0 Q6600 with a Gigabyte P35-DS3R! $15 was an awesome find!
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