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which one is better in terms of playing MMORPG with the highest setting possible ?
    
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The E8400 as it clocks higher and is better clock for clock vs. conroe's. (this is assume the game isn't optimized for quads)


edit: Although you didn't ask, I have to add that Q's are better for multi-tasking, so if you have other apps running while you game, it may be better to get a Q. I game, but i also do many other things with my PC, so I opted to get a Q.
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Its a tough choice.
Even though i own a q6600 and love it, i would have to say the E8400 in terms of speed (providing you are prepared to OC it).
BUT - bear in mind that more and more games and apps coming out will be optimised for quad core over the next year so the quad is more future proof.
Both damn good cpu's but AT THE MOMENT the e8400 clinches it.
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the diff in performance is trully minimal

if you want good gaming, focus on vid card... get a better one, or go SLI
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BUT - bear in mind that more and more games and apps coming out will be optimised for quad core over the next year so the quad is more future proof.
Everyone says this, but honestly it isn't going to happen unless/until 3+ core CPU's have larger market saturation. The additional development costs outweigh the gains, and I don't see that changing very quickly.
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Like the others have said, the e8400 would be the way to go, expecially for gaming. But, you seriously cant go wrong with the Q6600. If you ever plan on folding, or some serious multi tasking, I would get the Q6600.
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Everyone says this, but honestly it isn't going to happen unless/until 3+ core CPU's have larger market saturation. The additional development costs outweigh the gains, and I don't see that changing very quickly.
We will see.....

Any way i also agree that a high end Graphics card is essential for modern games and without a good one which ever cpu you choose wont matter.
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We will see.....

Any way i also agree that a high end Graphics card is essential for modern games and without a good one which ever cpu you choose wont matter.
yuppers...

a C2D @ 2.4 and SLI 8800 will wipe the floor with a C2D @ 4.5 and non SLI in FPS
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yuppers...

a C2D @ 2.4 and SLI 8800 will wipe the floor with a C2D @ 4.5 and non SLI in FPS
Well, that depends on resolution and, anything over 60 (or whatever refresh rate your particular monitor renders) is wasted anyway. The only point to having real high end GFX is to get the most intense, demanding scenes to run high enough to be smooth. It is always about highest or average FPS when what really matters is getting the 20 FPS moments up to 40 and not the 80 FPS to 150.




edit: not that this has much to do with the OT
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Well, that depends on resolution and, anything over 60 (or whatever refresh rate your particular monitor renders) is wasted anyway. The only point to having real high end GFX is to get the most intense, demanding scenes to run high enough to be smooth. It is always about highest or average FPS when what really matters is getting the 20 FPS moments up to 40 and not the 80 FPS to 150.




edit: not that this has much to do with the OT
True that, its all about keeping your min FPS up to a reasonable level.
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