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    Upgrading PC

    Decisions, decisions

    Am planning on doing an upgrade in the new year, got some money coming.

    Current PC specs are up to date at the side there <---

    Now do I:

    A) Upgrade to Sk939 dual core (opty 170) + New mobo (??) and PSU (Seasonic 600W)?

    or

    B) Change to e6600*, Abit AB9 Pro, 2Gb PC6400, Seasonic 600W PSU, Arctic Cooler 7?

    One way is a bit more expensive than the other, but I suppose I could sell my existing RAM/CPU/Mobo on for a few quid.

    SLi/Xfire not a priority.

    * Am I better off saving a few more quid and getting a e6300 and just boosting performance with overclocking? I do *some* video converting but its not my priority...gaming is!

    Currently have an Antec Neo 480W PSU which will probably do the business both ways...but????

    Decisions, decisions
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    id stop where you are for now. and leap on the 4mb cache core2's in the second quarter.
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    i just had the same predicament as you, except i wanted a sff rather than a full size computer. In the end i went for a X2 5000+ AM2, rather than the C2D which i would have preferred - this was because i couldn't find the right shuttle for me that took the C2D. Had i had the choice, i would have defo gone for the Intel precessor, they beat AMDs hands down at the moment.

    I wouldn't go for a 939 if i were you, especially a new mobo, i think that would be limiting your udgradability as they are being phased out at the moment, hence my choice to upgrade.

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    Yup, wait for the e6420 - will be the price of the e6300 with the cache of a e6600 and the (default) clockspeed of a e6400. Best bet all round.

    The other benefit of waiting is you should see the release of newer motherboards as C2D becomes a more established choice, giving you a greater range to choose from, and hopefully a corresponding decrease in price.

    The other thing - PSU wise the NeoHE is manufactured by Seasonic, so is a good PSU, only real upgrade would be to a S12/M12 500-600w

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave87 View Post
    Yup, wait for the e6420 - will be the price of the e6300 with the cache of a e6600 and the (default) clockspeed of a e6400. Best bet all round.Dave
    Just out of interest, how much difference does having a bigger cache actually make to the speed of the CPU? Is it discernable or is it just one of those "bigger number therefore better" things?

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    Depends on application really, but can have a (limited) benefit for gaming/video work

    If I'm honest, the only reason I suggested waiting is for the price fall - you'll be getting better value for money = happier consumer.

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    When are the prices coming down? If its longer than 2 months I think I'll just do option B but with a e6300. I can get one of the 4Mb cache ones later maybe (e6420).

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    Does the E6600 from your option B not have 4MB cache already?

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/produ...oductID=430633

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    Yeah, but the e6420 will have 4Mb cache and be priced around the same as e6300 when it arrives.

    Might just same some cash and get an e6300 and o/c the beast. Can always upgrade later then to faster cpu/quad core whatever.
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    Have been out today and bought the following

    Core2Duo e6400
    Abit AB9 Pro
    2Gb OCZ PC26400 4-4-4-15
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro

    Have spent ages doing some last second benchies on current set up, so I can compare against the new stuff.

    I now have to learn the arcane art of core2 o/c

    Any advice on the differences (If any) from doing o/c on sk939?
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