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If someone was to buy a Quad Core now, how long do you think it'll be before it becomes obselete?
 
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2 Years, simply because a top of the line build in 2 years because "a low-medium end build"

Maybe 1 1/2 years with the way technology is advancing right now.

Personal opinion really, I upgrade when I cannot max games out with smooth frames. Some people will play until they cant run medium or even low.

I upgrade about every 1 1/2 years.

I figure a quad core would probably last the "average" gamer around 5 years.
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Hmm...thing is i want one, but it's there overclockability that worries me especially with my mobo. There will be a point when overlocking the newer Quads on my board will get rather small, because of FSB limitations.

For example a 1333(QDR) Quad, i won't get much out of one would i with my board?
 
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Hmm...thing is i want one, but it's there overclockability that worries me especially with my mobo. There will be a point when overlocking the newer Quads on my board will get rather small, because of FSB limitations.

For example a 1333(QDR) Quad, i won't get much out of one would i with my board?
Maybe 200 more FSB, if lucky. I'm not sure how much that 45nm is going to help those processors in terms of heat. It seems they only score a few more frames than the current kentsfields.

The thing is, your current processor is faster then any Q6600 and QX6700 in 99% of applications right now. Benchmarks aside, your E6600 will score better frames then a QX6700 and Q6600 in most games, actually every game but supreme commander.

I think you should stay with the E6600 until crysis and alan wake actually come out, just to see if the performance difference is enough.

Its kind of pointless to upgrade from a E6600 to a quad core right now. Wait until september, the prices will be lower, and the Crysis benchmarks will show you if its worth the money.

If you got money itching in your pockets grab another 8800GTX. It will nearly double your frames in most games.
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Maybe 200 more FSB, if lucky. I'm not sure how much that 45nm is going to help those processors in terms of heat. It seems they only score a few more frames than the current kentsfields.

The thing is, your current processor is faster then any Q6600 and QX6700 in 99% of applications right now. Benchmarks aside, your E6600 will score better frames then a QX6700 and Q6600 in most games, actually every game but supreme commander.

I think you should stay with the E6600 until crysis and alan wake actually come out, just to see if the performance difference is enough.

Its kind of pointless to upgrade from a E6600 to a quad core right now. Wait until september, the prices will be lower, and the Crysis benchmarks will show you if its worth the money.

If you got money itching in your pockets grab another 8800GTX. It will nearly double your frames in most games.
200Mhz more FSB? I can do 1600 (QDR) with 1.35v on the NB, so i suppose i can do quite a bit more. I think if i do decide to go quad though i will go for the highest Multi available at the time. X9 is still good, but that x10 on the upcoming Q6700 is desirable. And does the new Q6700 have SSE4?
 
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200Mhz more FSB? I can do 1600 (QDR) with 1.35v on the NB, so i suppose i can do quite a bit more. I think if i do decide to go quad though i will go for the highest Multi available at the time. X9 is still good, but that x10 on the upcoming Q6700 is desirable. And does the new Q6700 have SSE4?
I havn't heard anything about a Q6700, hehe.

My Multi is at 10x right now. My FSB is at 1280. If I turn my multi to 9x and my FSB to.. 1400ish (3.2Ghz) I don't notice any better frames. I think I should seeing as it should unlock my memory speeds?

But seriously if I was you, I'd get a 2nd 8800GTX way before a quad core.
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I havn't heard anything about a Q6700, hehe.

My Multi is at 10x right now. My FSB is at 1280. If I turn my multi to 9x and my FSB to.. 1400ish (3.2Ghz) I don't notice any better frames. I think I should seeing as it should unlock my memory speeds?

But seriously if I was you, I'd get a 2nd 8800GTX way before a quad core.
Yeah the Q6700 is one of the new 1333(QDR) processors coming out July 22nd to co-incide with current Quad Core price drops at the same time.
 
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If someone was to buy a Quad Core now, how long do you think it'll be before it becomes obselete?
nice system,dude how much for the gainward 8800
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I'm in a similar quandry with what processor to pick up on July 22nd. Do you think right at midnight the online retail companies will list them on their sites? And will they update the prices for the current CPUs right then?
It's about time!
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It's about time!
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