I was wondering what would be the best dual core for the price, my motherboard supports the Q6600, but would I get the same performance from a cheaper CPU? Also I was wondering what the difference between Allendale and Wolfdale was? And how about this CPU, if I overclocked it a bit, could I see more of a performance gain than the Quad since most programs and games don't benefit much from quad? I have a Pentium Dual Core @ 2.66ghz, and any Core 2 should be able to blow it away right? Newegg.ca - Intel Core 2 Duo E4700 2.6GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops EDIT: Also I don't want a very expensive CPU, looking in the range of $100-$200 And if you could find a CPU better or cheaper any help would be really appretiated. Must be able to ship to canada though. :)
With that price range, Go for the E8400 or E8500, Not only are they the second and third best Dual Cores to date, they overclock like crazy with little effort and are extremly cheap. Anyone that looks past them without much thought really needs to learn a bit about price/performance lol Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
The E8400 is the best bang for your buck CPU dual core right now, and one of the fastest you can get. Getting them to overclock to 4.0Ghz or more is pretty common.
... Just don't read my thread on blowing a Bios trying to do so lol... But yeah, -most- people seem to get it 4.0GHz without issue
e7200. End of story. unless you want to go for something cheaper. Get a e5200. Both the 5200 and 7200 can hit 4ghz on air with no issues at all.
Yea I agree with kow ciller, I read a bunch of reviews of it and it got the best value on each website, and can be overclocked to 4ghz also! Im not sure if i'm going to be overclocking it or not though, but I definatley need an upgrade since I only have a pentium dual core 2.66ghz. Also retails for $129 which is an awesome price.