I still havent built my new pc yet, despite having almost everything here ready to put together.
My only stumbling block at present is what processor to get.
I am stuck on a choice of only two, , , ,The C2D E84OO, or the QUAD Q6600 ? ?
As they are near enough the same price nowadays is making my desicion even harder.
I have a P5Q PRO motherboard, ,
4GB GEIL PC2 8500 ram running stock1066mhz,
Graphics are nvidea 8600 GTS ,
2 x 500gb SATA drives and 1 x 320gb SATA.
OCZ 650watt psu,
Coolermaster wavemaster case.
I will be running the pc as a genral purpose pc, , music,, occassional videos, office,internet and email, , , , , but also as a computer music recording system (DAW ) , running cubase 4 and external usb or firewire audio interface.
Some people are telling me that the E8400 outstrips the q6600 both as stock and overclocked, , , but others are telling me that the q6600 outstrips the E6400 and can be overclocked much higher than the core 2 cpus and is a slight future proof processor.
I dont intend to overclock either as i havent any overclocking experience at all, , despite the P5Q being an overclockers dream board.
It worries me that the q6600 is an entry level quad cpu,whereas the E8400 is a higher end C2D , , , i dont know what to do? ?
Both are 64 bit so will work with 64 bit vista, , , one is built around 65nanos and the other at 45 nannos, , , how does this affect performance ?
So many questions and everone seems to be so divided on this issue.