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Old 12-02-2009, 08:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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depends on what games we talking about. but if you did go dual 260's then the e6600 and e8600 would be close to a bottle neck. the q6600 however would not and it would be more "future proof" then just buying another dual core.

All of the information that i have personally read....points to the E8600 as being a far better cpu for GAMING....other than maybe GTA4....which I care nothing about anyway.

From what I have read it will OC to 4.0 Ghz on air with no problem.....I can't see that being a bottleneck for a GTX 260 SLI set up....but maybe I am wrong.

Anybody else care to comment....I would like to hear what a few more people think.
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i personally would get a e8600 over a q6600. Hence why i have an e8400.
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E8600 will very easily overclock to 4 ghz and usually beyond as long as you have a good mobo , RAM and heatsink. It will outperform the Q6600 in most games. Overclocked to 4 ghz or more , it shouldn't bottleneck sli gtx260's.
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Thanks for all the input so far guys.....looks like everyone has their own views and reasons for liking one over the other. I love reading everyones view.

Anybody else have any input on this?

Good deal.....bad deal...Is it worth it?

I have to make a decision by today some timeif I want this 8600 cpu for $165 shipped.
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I would do it to finish off your build with the best cpu possible for your board for your purposes. (unless they do come out with the E8700)

I would love to play with a 8600 to see if I could hit 5 with it but 4.0 should be easy.

Then again $165 goes a long way towards a new mb, cpu and ram.

If you are opening the lan store you were talking about then I would because this could become a gaming machine in the shop later.
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I'm not sure where you live , Whirlwind , but I thought I should show you this : Micro Center - Core 2 Quad Processor Q9550 Boxed

Might be a little more future-proof , and you can overclock it as well.

Otherwise , I agree that the E8600 would be a lot of fun to play with!!
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I'm not sure where you live , Whirlwind , but I thought I should show you this : Micro Center - Core 2 Quad Processor Q9550 Boxed

Might be a little more future-proof , and you can overclock it as well.

Otherwise , I agree that the E8600 would be a lot of fun to play with!!
I actually am about 60 miles from a microcenter...and would make the drive for that deal....except my mobo won't except anything over a Q6600

That is why I am thinking the E8600 is the best bet for me and my board.
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Is this your motherboard? Newegg.com - ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

If so , I don't see why the Q9550 wouldn't work.

*Edit... I just found the list of supported cpus and you are correct.

I think the E8600 is a solid choice , although a motherboard upgrade would be nice.
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Yes...that is my mobo...you would think it would be supported, but it is not.

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The EVGA 680I doesn't do 45nm quads either. I think its a nvidia issue actually.

Even youre linked board only has C2Extreme quads same as the nvidia page.
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