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Old 10-31-2008, 04:13 AM   #11 (permalink)
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The 9950 will only hit about 3.2Ghz on air. Intel definitely offers better performance at this point in time so go either the e8500 or Q6600. The E8500 would be best for gaming but if you are doing a bit of editing then the Q6600 might come in handy. If you overclocked the Q6600 to 3.0-3.2Ghz you'd get great performance in games and have the advantage of 4 cores if you need, so IMO get the Q6600.
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on air the 9950 can hit up to 3.8GHz (with the BE -> CPU-Z Validator 2.1) or 3.2GHz with the vanilla... but if you dont have good cooling it'll die quick (it has a 140W TDP!!)

the e8600 should hit around 4.5-5GHz on air without too much problem... and an e0 revision of the q6600 should hit up to 4GHz pretty easily.

a dual core will give you more performance in a game than the quads because it has the ability to transfer data through any given core at a higher rate... but in heavy multitasking situations, a quad will perform better because it has more cores through which to pass data... so you really have to look at what you mainly wanna do and choose accordingly
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Okay I will either get the 8500 or the 8600. What good motherboard should I get.

This is in my price range - Newegg.com - EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
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Get the E8600 with this motherboard:
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TPower I45 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

It will overclock like a champ.
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I dont really want to overclock to the max and make my computer last a couple of months. What about the ASUS Rampage Formula? It comes with a sound card so I can get it. Newegg.com - ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards or Newegg.com - ASUS Maximus II Formula LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

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Out of those two the Maximus Formula II would be the best choice. Or if you want to go all out the Rampage is real good too. The x48 would be good if you want to Crossfire in the future and you'll have full x16 bandwith. But if you're still looking for a quality board for less money, the Biostar I45 is still a good choice.
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If you overclock, it will still last, but run hotter, so just get fans.
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If you don't plan on overclocking, then there's no use for a Maximus II Formula.
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I have decided I am going to overclock to 4.0ghz
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