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post #11 of 19
Go for the Quad-Core without a doubt. Future games will use 3 or 4 cores to maximum performance. Besides, the Q9450 is a good overclocker, u take it to 3.4GHZ and that will be enough.

Of course, rememebr to use a good CPU cooling system, even if you are not gonna overclock, that is always useful.
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if you are a multi-tasker... eg. lots of windows open, game, winamp, explorer, ventrilo maybe, or use compiling programs (unrealEd, hammer, 3DStudio, etc..) I would go with the Quad.

Otherwise get the cheaper Duo.

However the Q9450 does have a 8x multi vs the Q6600's 9x.... (More stress on the motherboard FSB as the bottleneck)
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You could go all the way and get a Q9550
    
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post #14 of 19
Hmm...I'd have to say Q9450 if you want to just keep options for the future open and you don't swap stuff too soon. It OC's VERY well, and stays cool. I have an E8400 and it's great for games but on the multitasking side, it is lacking. Being able to run Crysis and iTunes and a web page or two would be a lot easier with something like a Q6600 or a Q9450.
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Originally Posted by Xx573v3xX_Z28 View Post
Most say Go for E8400 For higher clocks i say go for Quad cores because future games will utilize those 3-4 core soon.
By the time the majority of games support all 4 cores his Q9450 will be old and dusty.

For now, the E8400 is great for gaming. Right now, since the majority of games are dual-core optimized, a quad core will only help with overall load and not speed. A quad core is designed more for huge load rather than speed. Oh, and 3DMark06 scores, since they rely heavily on the CPU, don't depict actual game performance so don't buy a processor to get a sick score and then expect to have any real advantage in-game. Not that you are intending to do so, I'm just saying...
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post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by sgtdisturbed47 View Post
By the time the majority of games support all 4 cores his Q9450 will be old and dusty.
Um compleatealy WRONG. Hell supreme commander is what year old now and has a expansion and was one fo the first games to support duo and quad cores. There are some games NOW that support quad cores, and more and more will be comming out from now on. So yes there are few but they are already here so your commend is wrong.

Now agai is a quad core required hell no but its a advantage if you don't swap cpus every year or so
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post #17 of 19
What games support quad core, may i ask.
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post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by GT_Hawk View Post
Um compleatealy WRONG. Hell supreme commander is what year old now and has a expansion and was one fo the first games to support duo and quad cores. There are some games NOW that support quad cores, and more and more will be comming out from now on. So yes there are few but they are already here so your commend is wrong.

Now agai is a quad core required hell no but its a advantage if you don't swap cpus every year or so
There are a few games now, but I said the majority, not the minority.
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Originally Posted by puzzledazn View Post
What games support quad core, may i ask.
I know 100% sure supreme commander dose and there are a few more, but I can't find the list I had a while ago.

Now as for majority, we have games a year old that support quad core. Trsut me developers will be using it and withen next year or 2 majority wil support quad core.

and hell just playing winamp in background and such is nice as well lol
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