Originally Posted by san21893
Even with overclocking, a q6600 g0 at 3.6? Has any1 done it on air?
I have had mine running 3.6 on air just fine, never broke 62C. I cant get the freaking 4th core stable in orthos though. But, and heres the thing, i could give a crap about being orthos stable because i dont run my machine 24/7. I can run 3.6 at 1.35V and stay under 60 degrees and run every game i have without crashing. So yes, 3.6 on air is quite possible, but i also have probably the ultimate air cooling. TRUE-120 with an Antec 900 and all fans on high.
I'm currently running it at stock until the weather cools off because it heats up my apartment so bad, and atm, i still get 60+ fps playing Wow without overclocking. Another thing people tend to forget, when gaming, how often do you have internet browsers or music or voice chat programs or messenger programs etc etc running in the background. Open your task manager and look at the number of threads running. A quad core DOES in fact make a lot of difference for those of us who multitask. I'd dare to say that very few gamers have EVERY possible start up task turned off and only run the game with 0 other processes running in the background.
Short story long, if you currently have a core2duo, theres not much reason to upgrade to a quad, but if you are building a new machine, there is ZERO reason to buy a core2duo when for a paltry 5-10% addition to the build you can get a quad core and increase your performance by 25-50% OR MORE.
Sorry, this somehow turned into a rant, but whatever. You can wait for the "newer better stuff" but you'll always be waiting and right now, the q6600 is by far the biggest bang for the buck as far as cpu's go.