E6700 vs E6600

BouncingSoul

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I'm looking at both these cpu's on newegg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...mpareItemList=N82E16819115002,N82E16819115003

As far as I can tell, they are identical aside from the 266mhz in speed difference. Having never owned a Core 2 Duo system before I'm wondering is that 266mhz worth the extra $94? Before anyone says anything, No, I'm not planning on overclocking it. After all my stuff breaks at its own pace, I don't need to help it along at all.
 

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Nope, I dont see any reason to spend another $100 for 266Mhz, but thats just my personal opinion. If you want some extra ump out of the processor, buy a better heatsink for $40.
 

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Nope, I dont see any reason to spend another $100 for 266Mhz, but thats just my personal opinion. If you want some extra ump out of the processor, buy a better heatsink for $40.

100 percent correct. getting a good heatsink and fan can make that e6600 into much more than a e6700. These Core 2 Duos can overclock nicely without a lot of worry of damaging the cpu.
 

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That was going to be my next question ... Is the stock cooling fan good enough? I've heard they run really hot but I can't imagine Intel would provide substandard cooling on their cpu's.
 

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I have heard that you can push them a decent amount even with the stock HSF. But I don't own one myself so take that with a grain of salt.
 

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Standard fan is adequate for standard cooling. So if the case is well ventilated and the room temp is normal (72-78deg F) then the fan is fine.

Most likely you will be able to push the 6600 to 6700 level with the standard fan. The piddling little increase is a joke thermally as is the price delta economically.
 

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The stock HSF stinks. I'd recommend a ZALMAN 9500/9700 for best results.

BTW, I had the E6700 running with the stock HSF and now I have the E6700 running with a ZALMAN 9500. Much quieter and a lot cooler.
 

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the stock hsf is fine for stock cooling, almost any decent $30+ hsf will easily get you to the e6700 performance with the e6600.

I would go with this Hyper TX
look at the bottom of the article for purchase links...
 

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Another Zalman user here. =) Word to the wise though, maybe spend an additional $3 and get a good thermal paste. I know I didn't and regret it.
 

Tuffgong4

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good thermal paste is so under-rated, even adding good thermal paste to a stock hsf is a pretty big difference.
 

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I say E6600 and good paste and Zalman, cant go wrong with that combo !
 

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So what's a good thermal paste? I've still got some Arctic Silver that I used on my last system. Is that still good?
 

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I don't know how long the stuff stays good but if it still has the same consistency it should still be good.
 

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