Originally Posted by darthmorgoth
the reviews on the egg site were kinda cold fish.........i might add it for filler if i am below budget.
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor $279........right now, this looks like the processor that i would get today. there are several variations that are basically klingon to me......i suppose that the extremes might drop in price a little, but at around $900, i can't see a major drop when that perynyn comes out.
1. Q6600 is a great chip. If I were buying today, it's what I'd get.
2. Extremes never drop that much in price. They usually stay w/in 30% of initial release price.
3. Stay away from the 680i
. If you want SLI, wait for 780i (later this month-early January). If you want X-Fire, get X38 or X48. This is the main decision I am trying to make, but just not enought info out yet on newer motherboards. If I had to buy today, ASUS Maximus Formula X38. ASUS finally has a decent BIOS for this board. And I may still end up getting this board.
4. There are several versions of the Yorkfield (Penryn Quad) coming out that are the non-extreme versions. They are:
Model Freq L2-Cache FSB Multi TDP Soc Price
Q9300 2500MHz 2x3072 1333 7.5x 95w 775 $266
Q9450 2667MHz 2x6144 1333 8x 95w 775 $316
MY NEW CHIP
Q9550 2833MHz 2x6144 1333 8.5x 95w 775 $530
5. And video cards. Trust me, I am not a fan of either ATI or NVidia. Why? I have WAY too much to say about that... I will say that they BOTH have good cards now, and they both will have a 2xCore card in January. New cards for both out in Feb. Right now, 2 HD3870s ($460) are better in X-Fire than 2 G92 8800GTs in SLI ($600), better than the 8800GTS ($470), and on par with both GTX and Ultra versions ($500-$700). But this is the extreme end.
My advice...wait until new cards come out in January-February.