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    Default ok im going to upgrade (seriously this time)

    first of all i want to know if this is a bad time to upgrade because of the new Intel coming out....and if its not a bad time im looking to have about 450-550 dollars to spend on a new CPU, motherboard and ram, suggestions please
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    I will have a see, ill report back in a few mins with an option

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    $550.00 limit

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 CPU = $279
    Gigabyte Motherboard = $107
    OCZ ReaperX HPC Enhanced Bandwidth 4GB (2 x 2G DDR2-800 CL 4-4-3-15 Dual Channel Kit = $169.99

    Grand total = $556.00

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    should i go with upgrading now or wait for penryn or whatever the new intel is called?
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    Id upgrade now, then get a Penryn CPU later next year, after the prices drop a bit.

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    soo....i should get a quad core.....now, then next year upgrade......

    i would only say that wont work if my dad wasn't eyeballing a new quad core for his server, but it actually might work
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    Yes, the quad cores give you better bang for the buck apparently, although, I don't know a lot about intel processors.

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    lol if i upgrade i guess this mobo and memory and cpu is going into my old HP case then...great
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    You can get a decent case for $20. I am going to be building a new college PC this year, and ill give it a new case.

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    DONT UPGRADE NOW!!!!!

    There's no point in getting a Kentsfield chip now when Yorkfield is like two months away...

    For roughly the same price as a Q6600, you could get a Q9300. It's clocked at 2.5GHz, compared to 2.4GHz of the Q6600 - although does only have 6MB cache. Still, they OC like crazy, and its Yorkfield (way more performance, less power!)

    Or again, for the same price, you could go for a dual-core Wolfdale-based E8500 - 3.16GHz, 6MB, 65W.

    I'm not 100% sure about those specs or models though (old sources) - however they indicate what will be on offer.

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    If you can waint until after February because Intel is delaying to release the Penryn. Kentfield's prices will drop in price when new chips released. Secondly, there will be test reports available for comparision with the Q6600 to see which one is bang for the bucks.

    Like Ciro said, Penryn is lower power consumsion, OC off the roof (just like C2D) but this is a Quad cores though and 6MB cach not 4MB, performance....... but it's not a huge performance increase from Kentfield. I can squeezed my Q6600 up to 3.6ghz, the temp is around 60-65c core temp (100% Prime95) on water cooling. In real world apps, the temp is a little lower, about 1-2c less.

    If you want to gain maxinum performance from Yorkfield you should go with MOBO that support's DDR3 and DDR3 is very expensive at the moment. There are no MOBO that supports both DDR2/DDR3 (not I known of) at the moment. This upgrade will go over your budget. You have to save more cash for this upgrade thought.

    Go with X38 chipset, X48 and 780i is on the horizon.

    The question is. Can't you WAIT?

    If you can't wait and want to stay within the budget then you should get MOBO with x38 or P35 at least or 680I, must support 1330mhz fsb, 1066mhz for DDR2. This will have a future path for upgrade to Q9xxx.

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    Deffo wait for 45nm technology to arrive.

    Less power consumptiom=less heat=higher OC

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    is the whole yorkfield, kentfield etc. like ati's system of sapphire, asus etc?

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    No, Kentsfield is like AMDs Brisbane, Agena, San Diego. Sapphire, Asus, HIS are all graphics card manufacturers.

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    yeh i know but i meen is it the same concept? differant manufactourers under the unbrella company if you get my meaning.

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    yeah i can wait, its only a few months away
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