$55 extra to go from e6300 to e6400?

By korrupt
Aug 30, 2006
  1. the place where i get my parts from has the e6400 processor on special, do you recon I should go for the e6400 instead of the e6300 which I had initially planned to purchase?

    System specs are as follows
    CASE/PSU = Antec sonata II with 450W smartpower PSU
    CPU = Intel Core 2 Duo E6300/e6400 Conroe
    MOBO = Intel DP965LT
    Graphics Card = Gigabyte 7600GT silent pipe II
    RAM = Legend 2 x 1gb 800mhz 240pin
    HDD = Western Digital Caviar 250gb 7200rpm
    DVD Burner = LG 16x dual layer
    DVD reader/cd burner = LG Combo Drive
    Floppy = Panasonic
    Monitor = Samsung Syncmaster 753s (maybe I will upgrade to LCD soon)
    Mouse = Microsoft Optical Scroll
    Keyboard = Standard Microsoft Keyboard

    If you reply, I would appreciate it if you could say why you said whatever you said. As always, any replies would be greatly appreciated.


  2. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    That card is very big, takes up 2 slots so dont plan on SLI
  3. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    You can check THIS. It may help you.
  4. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 170

    FYI, most SLI boards have quite a distance(one or two PCI expansion slots in between) between the two PCI-E 16x interfaces. SLI is very possible.

    Also; I don't think that board has two PCI-E slots anyways.
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,978   +362

    If it was me, I would go for the better processor. The only reason I can give is I always go for the best processor I can reasonably afford. If you want better performance, you get a better processor, that simple.
  6. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Or you can save those bucks, and overclock the e6300 to e6400 levels. Just take care of the extra heat (not too much, since it's a 65nm CPU), and you're good to go :)

    You have a good PSU, that shouldn't matter.
  7. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    Thanks for your reply, I don't want to overclock because apparently it voids your warranty(?) can anyone confirm this? If I do overclock I would need better cooling etc too, so it may perhaps be best to just go for the 6400. The question is however, is my CPU ot bottlenecked by any of my other components?


  8. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Yes, overclocking voids your warranty :(

    And no, I don't think it will be severely bottlenecked, maybe just a little (probably not) by the 7600GT.
  9. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    Go with the 6300 and put the extra $55 towards your LCD monitor. I doubt you would notice much, if any, difference between the two cpu's. The 6300 is more than powerful enough to handle what you are going to throw at it. You would notice a difference if you went to a 6600, which has 4MB of L2. But it's considerably more expensive.

    btw - happy belated Birthday! Hope you enjoyed your day and didn't wind up doing this!puke:
  10. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I agree with Nickslick74. Maybe you won't notice too much difference. And that way you can start saving for your LCD.

    You can get a pretty good LCD for under 200 bucks, like the Samsung Syncmaster 730b :) I have it and it's great.
  11. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    Thanks for your reply,

    I will buy the e6300 then if there is no noticable difference between the two.


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