Newb question re:chipsets

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  1. Rommel

    Rommel friends forever

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    I'm looking at building a new computer. But i'm looking at the following CPU's and i'm just wondering what chipsets they are:

    Core 2 Quad Q9300
    Core 2 Quad Q6700
    Core 2 Quad Q6600

    Also is there such a massive difference between the Q6600 and the Q9300?
    The latter is about 45 dollars more (20 pounds).

    Can anyone recommend a half decent mobo for the Q9300 and Q6600, just to give me a push in the right direction. It will be mainly used for multi-media, gaming etc. But i'm not looking at spending a stupid amount of money.

    Thanks
     
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    You mean core type? The 9300 uses the 45nm Yorkfield core, the 6600 and 6700 use the 65nm Kentsfield core. The Yorkfields have the additional SSE4 instruction set that should improve performance of media encoding, and will use less power since it's built on the 45nm process.

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core2quad-q9300_4.html

    The 9300 does have a slight advantage in performance, but the Q6600 can be purchased for ~$180 in the states, so it is still the bargain.

    Get a motherboard based on the P45 chipset. The Gigabyte EP45 series and the ASUS P5Q series both start at ~$100 in the states.
     
  3. Rommel

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    yeah

    I'm so out of the loop since i built my last pc about 5 years ago :hs:

    Is the 9300 ok with the p45 mobo's. Because i'm looking at the website at the moment and it also shows x.38 and x.48 chipsets. Although the 6600 is recommended by alot of people, the 9300 is only 20 pounds more. And i want this computer to last me a while so i'm prepared to pay a little more.

    Also computer equipment is so damn cheap in the US . Why can't it be that cheap here :madfawk:
     
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    The only advantage the X38 or X48 chipset has over the P45 is support for dual x16 PCIe slots when running crossfire. The P45 only supports x8 in crossfire even though there can be 2 x16 slots. If you're not planning on running dual ati video cards, then get the P45.

    If 20 pounds isn't a big deal, then get the 9300. The savings in power use will probably pay for the difference in the long run.
     
  5. Rommel

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    thanks :bowdown:

    I'm slowly getting there. I'll post it all up when i'm finished.

    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3P Intel P45

    How does this look for a mobo?
     

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