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I want my rig to last till atleast the release of Ivy Bridge which is when I'll do a full upgrade.

For now, I want to replace just the CPU so which one should I get? I game and also use emulators like PCSX2 and Dolphin which rely on a good IPC and high clocks.

So would a Q6600 G0 be best (I think I will only be able to OC it to 3.2GHz on my mobo) or a E8400/E8500 and OC that to 4GHz if I can?

Any ideas are welcome. Thanks.
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If you can find one for a decent price Q9550 E0 all the way! I just replaced mine with 2500k but it was a pretty solid performer for gaming and most OC very well.
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yeah i would go for a Quad.

My Q6600 was a massive improvement over my old E6400
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Since you mentioned emulators like those two, a good Core 2 Duo E8x00 near or at 4GHz+ would be a good improvement. If you can find a cheap Core 2 Duo E8400, it might be worth considering. The question is, how well with the nVidia i750 do with one of those?

If you are fine with performance but looking at a lack of cores, a Core 2 Quad Q6600 or lower end Core 2 Quad Q8x00 or Q9x00 will give you that, but you likely won't get much, if any, more actual performance if your board/chipset hold them back like that. It'd literally just be adding cores. Unless you need them, stick with what you have and ride it out until the upgrade.

While it's the obvious best of both worlds, in my opinion, there's not much incentive in going all out with a Core 2 Quad Q9x50 if you're going to upgrade soon-ish. They're too expensive.

So, if your performance is fine, but you need more cores, go with a Core 2 Quad. If you don't need the extra cores but want more performance, go with a Core 2 Duo E8x00. If your motherboard won't push any of them too well, just stay with what you have.
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