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#1 Imagine

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:12 AM

Hey guys, I've run into some troubles with planning a new build. It all started when I bought a PC with the following specs for £50.

 

Case: Antec 900 with all fans

CPU: Intel Pentium D (Can't remember which model) OC'd to 4.3GHz but still at POS level.

RAM: 2GB DDR2 667MHz (Ordered another 3GBs)

Mobo: MSI Platinum P965

PSU: 600W Thermaltake PSU

Graphics: GeForce 8400GS (Ordered a 5770 for £38)

 

I was wondering if anyone knows what the best Core 2 Quad processor to buy at a *reasonable* price is. I've been looking at the Q6600 but can't seem to find info on whether it holds its own in today's Gaming/Productivity world.

 

In terms of spending I picked up the PC originally for £50 and have spent around another £50 on the graphics and RAM. My max budget for the CPU in theory is around £50-75 unless something biblical came up.


Main Rig: Q6600 @ 3.0GHz (333x9) | Zalman CNPS9900 | 4GB DDR2 667 | ATi Radeon HD 5770 | Antec 900 (1st Gen) | 600W Thermaltake

Portable: Core i5 @ 2.4GHz | 8GB DDR3 1600 | Intel HD 3000


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Posted 21 March 2013 - 10:29 AM

You have already bought an outdated setup. You can partially update it by changing the GPU & processor, but I doubt the performance gain will be worth spending the extra money in it.


Still, if you want a descent C2D then search in ebay for E5700 or E8500. Before than look into motherboard spaces for the supported processors.


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Posted 21 March 2013 - 12:46 PM

You have already bought an outdated setup. You can partially update it by changing the GPU & processor, but I doubt the performance gain will be worth spending the extra money in it.


Still, if you want a descent C2D then search in ebay for E5700 or E8500. Before than look into motherboard spaces for the supported processors.

 

My plan for this machine was to build it up, mostly because I don't have the finances to build new really. I've managed to scout out a Q6600 for £45 on eBay which should do this build nicely I hope. That would bring my total expenditure on this machine to £200 in total.

 

The mobo would support both those C2D's but they're both at the same pricing-region as the Q6600, would it be worth it?


Main Rig: Q6600 @ 3.0GHz (333x9) | Zalman CNPS9900 | 4GB DDR2 667 | ATi Radeon HD 5770 | Antec 900 (1st Gen) | 600W Thermaltake

Portable: Core i5 @ 2.4GHz | 8GB DDR3 1600 | Intel HD 3000


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Posted 21 March 2013 - 01:25 PM

^^ Yes, Q6600 is worth it's price. :)


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Posted 21 March 2013 - 02:04 PM

^^ Yes, Q6600 is worth it's price. :)

 

What sort of overclocks could I potentially expect from the Q6600? I have hoping to push 3GHz(ish)


Main Rig: Q6600 @ 3.0GHz (333x9) | Zalman CNPS9900 | 4GB DDR2 667 | ATi Radeon HD 5770 | Antec 900 (1st Gen) | 600W Thermaltake

Portable: Core i5 @ 2.4GHz | 8GB DDR3 1600 | Intel HD 3000


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 05:21 AM

History says that Q6600 can be overclocked to 3GHz with MSI Platinum P965 with ease.

A google search will help you regarding this matter. I would have posted the link to that thread if I knew whether posting links to other forum is allowed or not.


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 10:26 AM

Only problem i see is being able to cool that Q6600, especially if you plan on overclocking it. They get pretty hot!

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:53 PM

Only problem i see is being able to cool that Q6600, especially if you plan on overclocking it. They get pretty hot!

 

I have a Zalman CNPS9900. Would that be enough? My friend gave me a Pentium Dual Core to hold me over until I get my hands on a C2Q. Got it OC'd to 3.5GHz already. Man I miss overclocking :P


Main Rig: Q6600 @ 3.0GHz (333x9) | Zalman CNPS9900 | 4GB DDR2 667 | ATi Radeon HD 5770 | Antec 900 (1st Gen) | 600W Thermaltake

Portable: Core i5 @ 2.4GHz | 8GB DDR3 1600 | Intel HD 3000


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 11:47 PM

 

Only problem i see is being able to cool that Q6600, especially if you plan on overclocking it. They get pretty hot!

 

I have a Zalman CNPS9900. Would that be enough? My friend gave me a Pentium Dual Core to hold me over until I get my hands on a C2Q. Got it OC'd to 3.5GHz already. Man I miss overclocking :P

 

 

3.5GHz? Watch out the temperature!!


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 03:17 AM

On the Pentium Dual Core @ 3.5Ghz it topped out at about 40c in Prime95.


Main Rig: Q6600 @ 3.0GHz (333x9) | Zalman CNPS9900 | 4GB DDR2 667 | ATi Radeon HD 5770 | Antec 900 (1st Gen) | 600W Thermaltake

Portable: Core i5 @ 2.4GHz | 8GB DDR3 1600 | Intel HD 3000


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 08:46 AM

It's not a Q6600 though

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 05:24 PM

It's not a Q6600 though

 

Speaking of the Q6600, I just picked one up on eBay at the last second for £43 including P&P. Good deal?

 

As of next week my PC should consist of;

 

Core 2 Quad Q6600

4/5GB DDR2

MSI P965 Plat

AMD Radeon 5770

600W PSU

all enclosed in an Antec 900.

 

Is that a good build for £150?


Main Rig: Q6600 @ 3.0GHz (333x9) | Zalman CNPS9900 | 4GB DDR2 667 | ATi Radeon HD 5770 | Antec 900 (1st Gen) | 600W Thermaltake

Portable: Core i5 @ 2.4GHz | 8GB DDR3 1600 | Intel HD 3000