E8400 or q6600


e8400 or q6600

  1. e8400

  2. q6600

By nosebleedXD
Dec 20, 2008
  1. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 242

    Not likely. Supercom shows 45 in stock, and they're priced more than the E8400.. Unbelievable that you'd buy an inferior, lower performing, more expensive product with limited half life based on a silly message board vote.... Especially when all the benchmarks AND the price lean heavily to the contrary.

    Oh well...... That's why it's never a good idea to waste too much time, effort and energy on people like this.
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,865   +1,523


    Sometimes buyers need a little push to focus their thoughts. The old, "shall I write that up for you", can help sometimes. You do have all the information you need to make a decision based on your needs. To many cooks spoil the both as they say, and so I suppose do too many opinions.

    These forums are full of amateur salesman, that's whether they're aware of it or not. Sometimes, the subconscious motivation toward influencing a decision is, do as I did, not do as you need to do.

    The (of the many) interesting things about polling is, that it can be very biased toward the concept that' "I bought this and I'm right". Which could also mean, "I made this choice, and in spite of the fact I'm not entirely happy with it, so should you". Misery loves company, or so they say.

    From what you've said, I still believe that the E8400 is the better choice for you. I also am of the opinion that in a variety of computing situations, the "Quad Core" is more of a selling point than an advantage.

    But, that said, I just had my kid buy me an E7300 for Christmas. Know what? Even that's more than I need, the purchase is done and over, I'm going to be happy with it, and I could give a rat's a** how it benchmarks. I guess I'm not really an "computer enthusiast" after all, my bad.

    What I won't do however, is try and convince you to buy an E7300.
  3. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 242

    Yeah.. Always happens.. The "e-peen" factor fails on them when their expensive purchase never delivers and in very short order gets absolutely blown away by a superior, cheaper product.

    People, though, especially in forums, don't think about others. Unconsciously, if nothing else, they're looking to convince others to be as foolish as they were so they don't look like as much of a dummy as they feel.

    It's particularly obvious when one product is clearly superior in every way, but the ones saying "go this old piece of crap" are the ones that are thinking "darn, I bought this old clunker and that one is so much better for less money.. I got jipped".

    Meh.. Whatever.. Young kids understand "e-peen", not "return on investment". Add another 20 years to them and they'll get it. At this point it's all selfish (whether they're consciously aware of that or not is something entirely different, for a different thread). Few are interested in the best interests of the guy asking the question, and few base recommendations based on knowledge and facts, rather their emotions that are tearing them in every direction.
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,865   +1,523

    To Buy or Not to Buy, That is the Congestion.. Er Question

    My prior experience has been that in many cases the OPs don't even have the money to make the purchase, and these threads go on and on for the personal attention they generate. After a participating in a few of them, you do become jaded. I think hope that this time it will be different, causes us to stick our hands back into the fire, as it were. This type of thread does seem to elicit some wonderful old school cliches from me, Take for example this one, "s*** or get off the pot". Hmmm, that's always been thought provoking for me.
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,427   +27

    Am I the only one who thinks polls shouldn't be treated as threads?

    Whoops, there I go again...
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,865   +1,523

    Here We Are at Page Two.......

    A milestone to be sure.:rolleyes:

    Nobody's going to take the bait on the idea to buy one of each?:evil:

    I don't suppose you could mix and match one of each in one of the new Skull Trail boards?;)

    Keep in mind some people are missing a golden opportunity to diss my new Christmas build. Maybe I should have played stupid and said I didn't know which CPU to buy for it. Actually I didn't have to, someone joined in with the E8400 vs Q6600 argument for their own build.

    The moral here seems to be, just jump into the discussion, poll, or whatever you choose to call it, since it's not likely that you'll be successful at avoiding it anyway! :mad:
  7. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Buy the cheaper one. Need I say more?
  8. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Maybe other hardware should be taken into consideration as well, like what mobo he's using. His power needs and general consumptions
  9. nosebleedXD

    nosebleedXD TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 233

    here is my build if you guys wanna know:

    asusp5q pro 137.99

    q6600 cpu 219.99

    OCZ PSU 600w 61.99

    hd 500gb 57.99

    ram 4gb 49.99

    9800gt 122.99

    DVD 27.98

    nzxt blackline case 94.99

    cpu cooler 38.88

    ** keep in mind these are all in Canadian currency, so if its over priced yeah...
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,865   +1,523

    I guess you can't complain about the prices. Canadian Currency still seems to be worth something.

    Here in the states our government is busy printing more to give away at no charge to "investment" bankers.

    Enjoy your system
  11. nosebleedXD

    nosebleedXD TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 233

    Total is $793.37

    because the mail in rebates come in american =]
  12. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,499   +428

    Sounds good, I just built my friend a damn near identical gaming computer, Q6700 CPU instead and a P5N-D. The CPU came with a bare bones and then I canceled the mobo. I currently have a Q6600 at 3.0 and it does everything I need without problem, I am constantly folding unless benching. I can game while transcoding HD video with little to no drop in frame rate (maybe 10% but nothing noticeable) When I built my system last May i was considering the dual core path but the thought of quad was just too appealing. Benchmarks show it to have less potential but for the extra 30$ it was impossible to pass up. And you have the bonus of bragging to friends that you have a four cores running at 3.5 GHz given a theoretical potential of 14 GHz of computing power. Not that that's really how it adds up but it impresses people who know less about computers than you do.

    P.S. Take that adweston, you and your fancy newish E8400, just because something is aged doesn't mean its less of a competitor. I'll still take a McLaren F1 over a Bugatti Veyron anyday, however I would probably take a Koenigsegg CCX instead.
  13. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Either would be fine IMO. I suggested the core 2 because of his uses for it. I dont think he'll be doing encoding while gaming.
  14. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,427   +27


    That, ladies and gentlemen, was an IT Crowd moment...;)
  15. nosebleedXD

    nosebleedXD TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 233

    if i get a better heatsink, how high do you think i can get this q6600 to
  16. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    I've spoken to this guy on msn and I personally think his choice was made up before even making the thread.
  17. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Wonderful. At least it didn't turn into a flame war. Then he'd have been sorry.
  18. nosebleedXD

    nosebleedXD TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 233

    was just asking what the forum thought =]

    anyways you think q6600 will drop in terms of prices
  19. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    chk page one.
  20. nosebleedXD

    nosebleedXD TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 233

    you think i could get this thing to 3.4 or 3.5 on stock cooling
  21. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,427   +27

    Not a chance mate. You'd be quite lucky if you got to 3.2GHz without increasing the voltage.
  22. nosebleedXD

    nosebleedXD TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 233

    how bout if i increase voltages
  23. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 242

    haha. If you actually went ahead and bought that thing, getting less performance for considerably more money, it's totally not worth the wasted time to go any further with you. Proceed at your own folly.
  24. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,427   +27

    Increasing the voltage will help stability, but the stock cooler won't cut it then.
    More voltage = higher temps.
  25. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    I chuckled
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