Time to Buy a PC. Come On Now, Everyone Knows Why an Intel Q8200 is Better Than a Q6600, Right?

…this one is off-topic…please forgive…

I’ve been shopping for a home deskside system and realized quickly that I was very out of tune with the branding Intel has for consumer CPU offerings. I’m versed in the server CPU nomenclature, but when it comes to the processors going into PCs I’m lost.  For instance, think quick, what is a Intel Q6600 and why should you like it so much less than a Intel Q8200? Wrapped up in this consumer nomenclature is cores, clock speed, socket type and processor cache size.

I’ve been relying on the convenient search interface at hardware.info. It works like a magic decoder ring.

8 Responses to “Time to Buy a PC. Come On Now, Everyone Knows Why an Intel Q8200 is Better Than a Q6600, Right?”

  1. 1 Jeff Zollars March 6, 2009 at 3:47 am

    hardware.info is cool! Thanks

  2. 2 accidentalSQL March 6, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Do you think you’ll be going for a Core i7? I’m in the marker for a desktop also. I’m curious what you end up deciding to buy.

  3. 3 kevinclosson March 6, 2009 at 11:45 pm


    I’d love to get an i7-based system, but don’t think I’ll be able to swing that…I’m looking at Q9650 “Yorkfield” 45nm 12MB L2 3GHz… that’ll do quite well for the purpose at hand.

  4. 4 mghong March 13, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Hi Kevin,

    I also planning to get a desktop pc for testing, just now only when i try to run a Virtualbox + ubuntu . Although it sound simple in the document.

    WHen i want to tweak for network connection ..It just screw up my wireless adaptor and now i got to use wire to connect to my rounter beside a small table..:(

  5. 5 DavidL March 18, 2009 at 9:49 pm


    Real man builds his own PC from parts from Fry’s and Neweggs. 🙂

  6. 7 DavidL March 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Yes it is. How are you buddy? I am now back in the old place. Last year I built 4 PCs on a row at home until my wife stopped me cold. Boy but it was fun to put things together, work out the quiet cooling, and watch the BIOS to post for the first time.

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