I purchased my P5B Deluxe about 2 years ago. Having a quick peek at Bios updates gives me a huge list ranging from C2D over C2Extreme and C2Quad. At the moment I'm having a C2D E6600 2.4Ghz ticking in there and I wonder what would be a cheap but noticeably better CPU for me.

Any tips? Quad Core worth it? Better off with faster C2D processor?

Some of you know the scoop without having to constantly switch between newegg, review pages and ebay and I wonder where were at nowadays anyway?
Posted on 2009-09-13 16:08:27 by JimmyClif
For development, get a fast dualcore with lots of shared L2 cache. Namely an E8x00 . Unfortunately for my purposes Intel and AMD do not come-up with more juicy products, and there's no hope. An E8600 would be the dead-end.

My C2D E8500 @3.8GHz + DDR3@1.6GHz is effectively over 4-10 times faster at loading/compiling/anything than my C2D E4600 @ 2.8GHz + DDR2@800MHz.
Posted on 2009-09-13 16:35:13 by Ultrano
Whether a quad is worth it depends on what you're going to use the system for. I have a Q6600 (2.2GHz), and it's not often that I utilize all the cores; when I do, I'm pretty glad that I got a quadcore, though. Transcoding from my FLAC collection to MP3 for use with my mobile player is bliss, compiling large projects with Visual C++ goes faster, and games are starting to utilize multithreading better.

Oh, and if you have two cores maxed out in a game, it's nice that a backup job kicking in doesn't lag the thing to hell.
Posted on 2009-09-13 16:49:29 by f0dder
Yah, I run a quadcore, and I love to multitask, so all four cores are generally engaged at all times.
I would never suggest a dualcore, given that the price difference between dual and quad cpus is negligable - compare the cost of a quadcore to TWO dualcores, and you'll agree that dualcores are overpriced (or perhaps quadcores are underpriced?)

Mine's at the low end , a mere 4x2400, I liked it so much I bought another one.
These are now the canine teeth of my renderfarm, and drive the most popular machines on my lan.

I'm certain that, had I bought a dualcore, I would have dealt with buyers regret within a month or so.
My only mistake was not ensuring that the chip series supported Hyperthreading.
Posted on 2009-09-14 01:51:10 by Homer

For development, get a fast dualcore with lots of shared L2 cache. Namely an E8x00 . Unfortunately for my purposes Intel and AMD do not come-up with more juicy products, and there's no hope. An E8600 would be the dead-end.

My C2D E8500 @3.8GHz + DDR3@1.6GHz is effectively over 4-10 times faster at loading/compiling/anything than my C2D E4600 @ 2.8GHz + DDR2@800MHz.


Well, he already has an E6600, which is very close to the E8000-series. I have the same combination myself, P5B Deluxe and E6600. I run mine at 3 GHz, but if I wanted, I could get it to 3.4 or perhaps even higher.
I don't think getting another dualcore is worthwhile, as the E8000-series is only a few % faster than the E6000-series (E4000-series is a different story, they have less cache and lower FSB).
At this point I think even a quadcore may not be very good value for money. The Core2 Quads are relatively expensive compared to the new Core i5. Downside to a Core i5 is that you'd need to upgrade the motherboard and memory aswell.

I haven't had any problems with CPU speed myself, I think having enough and fast enough memory and a fast disk system is more important at this point. I run 6 GB of memory, and a 2x1 TB raid0 configuration with two fast Samsung F1 disks.
Posted on 2009-09-14 03:45:50 by Scali
I'm on Q9550 with 8GB of RAM to kick some ass and doing RAID1.

E6600 isn't that bad I think. Personally I don't think you will experience much of an upgrade unless you get the really expensive high end processors.
Posted on 2009-09-14 10:20:33 by roticv
All Input is appreciated. :) I guess I'll stick with my 6600 but I'll start OC'ing it. I had not bothered as my last desktop pc was still powered with steam and the C2D seemed insanely fast for me. Maybe I'll save the cash and invest it in more memory. Thanks a lot guys. :thumbsup:
Posted on 2009-09-14 15:14:33 by JimmyClif
Mmmmh, memory - mmmmh, ramdisks :)
Posted on 2009-09-14 15:17:01 by f0dder