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Building a Computer, deceiding on a processer


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Hello,
This is my first computer build and i've spent quite a bit of time finding the parts and reading reviews on many different companes/parts. Any advice about my parts would be appreciated
Its a mid high budget computer, and i've picked everything expect for the processer
I've narrows it down to either the E6850 (http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115028) or Q6600 (go stepping) (http://www.clubit.co...itemno=A1938452)
I've read comparisons and reviews on both of them.
I don't do any video encoding, or any other multi processer apps. The only reason i am considering the Q6600 is because i leave a ton of Apps open while playing games. Also, i play the newer games (crysis, COD4, Supreme commander forged alliance) which i assume are NOT multi core (correct me if i am wrong please)
Is a Q6600 better for me since i run many programs in the backround when playing games? (Programs ALWAYS run -AOL 9.0 VR - Peer Guardian 2 - Itunes - utorrent - Microsoft word 2007 - Internet explore (about 6 tabs)

Notes : I would overclock the Q6600 to about 2.7 on air cooling if possible (advice there is appreciated too, is my aftermarket cooler good?)

System specs
MOTHERBOARD- EVGA 122-CK-NF68-T1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813188019

HARDRIVES- A. Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM (for OS and program files)
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136012

B. Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136131



GRAPHICS CARD- MSI NX8800GTS-T2D640E-HD OC GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814127280

MEMORY-G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231145


COMPUTER CASE-NZXT LEXA BlackLine Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case rebate)
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811146038

POWER SUPPLY- Rosewill RX750-D-B ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91 750W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL,FCC,CSA,CB,CE,TUV,ROHS
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817182069

CPU COOLER – A. ZEROtherm BTF90 92mm Silent UFO CPU Cooler - Retail $37.99 (10.00 rebate)
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835887002

OS - Vista 32 bit (unless someone can make a very good reason for a 64 bit, has to be compatible with everything a highschool junior does for school as well)

Edited by thren, 13 November 2007 - 05:13 PM.

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To answer your main question, I struggled with the decision between a Q6600 and a E6750 when I was building my computer. Since I am a gamer, like yourself, it was a better option for me to go with the E6750 due to its higher clock and the fact that most games don't utilize more than two cores. Since you are considering the E6850, the choice is even easier to make. Definitely go with the E6850.

A few other suggestions:
1. Get a 8800gt instead of a 8800gts. The 8800gt beats the 8800gts in gaming and benchmarks, and it is cheaper!
2. Get the A1 revision of the EVGA 680i. The A1 is an updated version, and it comes with a lifetime warranty and printed manual.

You know that you haven't included a hard drive or an operating system in this build? Just checking. :)
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Yah i just posted the componts that i thought might influence my CPU
Ill edit in my hardrives
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If you are leaving applications on in the background and going to play the power hungary Crysis I would get the quad core Q6600.

But Intel is going to releasing a new line o quad cores soon so it might be a good idea to wait for then.

Get a 8800GT instread of the 8800GTS like Stettybet0 said.

Edited by jackflash1991, 14 November 2007 - 08:37 AM.

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If you are leaving applications on in the background and going to play the power hungary Crysis I would get the quad core Q6600.

But Intel is going to releasing a new line o quad cores soon so it might be a good idea to wait for then.

Get a 8800GT instread of the 8800GTS like Stettybet0 said.


Thanks
I'm on a laptop right now (2.4 duo, 4gigs of ram) and my cpu really only uses 20-30% with these backround programs,
Can anyone suggest a overclockable friendly motherboard for a Q6600?
Is the new line going to be in the same price range?
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The board I suggested (the A1 revision of the 680i) is a great OCer. The first CPUs of the new line will be the Extreme Editions, which cost around $1000. You can expect to see the mainstream editions probably in Q1 2008. They should cost around the same or less than the current quad-cores.
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