Q6600 Being Phased Out

"The venerable Intel quad favorite is finally heading towards EOL"

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Q6600 Being Phased Out

Intel has given word that the 65nm quad Q6600 is finally going to be phased out.  The initial discontinuance notice will go out to partners in the first quarter of next year, with it going to EOL by the second quarter.  With this in mind, vendors will be cutting prices of Q6600-based systems in order to clear out inventory.  Acer is already planning to drop the prices of their systems to under $418 .

The Q6600 has been a long-time favorite in the enthusiast world, surviving for so long even with the release of 45nm CPUs.  This is due to its superb value for the money and overclocking potential.  Intel may have to adjust their prices a bit in order to get another 45nm quad to take its place in our hearts as the mid-range king.

Goodbye Q6600.  You will be missed.

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22-11-2008, 07:49:45

Hey people im planning on a new build which is mainly for OCing, wtching DVD's and Gaming. Im planning to build it for around the £500 mark and have come up with this spec:

ASUS P5Q Deluxe Mobo
E1200 CPU
2gb Crucial ballistix RAM
2X WD 80gb hard drives running raid 0
Antec 300 case
Thermaltake toughpower 750w modular Psu
ATI 4850 IceQ Turbo graphics card
Vista home basic OS

I currently have a 15" monitor which i want to keep for this build, so is this spec going to suit my rquirements or is there any other better options for simular price or cheeper?

Cheers in advance guys

22-11-2008, 07:59:10

I would get:

Asus P5Q Pro
Intel E5200/E7200 (easily OCs to 3.6 - 3.8GHz)
2GB Crucial Ballistix
ATI HD4850
ThermalTake 600w
Antec 300/900
Vista Home Basic 32bit

The PSU you opted for is way over what you require, and so is this 600w one. A 580w Hiper will be okay for you and it is cheaper although this one provides more scope for upgrades in the future. The motherboard isn't required to be the Deluxe version, the Pro is ample. Changed the CPU though, as this one is a much better performer.

22-11-2008, 11:55:01

Don't get raptors, get something larger, you'll definatley need more space than a RAID 0 array with 2*80GB drives.

I thought I would never fill a 160GB drive but remember the formatted size of the drive is less (~130GB for me) and with just windows and programs on the C drive it's already 50% full!

22-11-2008, 13:35:46

A 4850 for a 15" screen? I'd either go for a cheaper card (4650, nVidia 9600) for such a small res.

If you however can push a 22 or 24 inch monitor in the budget, this would be a great setup :)

EDIT: and I'd go for a single 7200 rpm harddisk. More storage, less noise and almost the same performance if you go 750gb+

22-11-2008, 16:37:33

Thanks for all suggestions guys, another thing is i dont know what cooler to go for. I was thinking a zalman duorb or something in that type of area.

Are there any other good coolers in the 775 package that will keep the CPU nice and cool?


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