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Real-life anything benefit of the quad is also minimal, except in cases of very heavy multi-tasking.

By the time games make good use of four plus cores, both the E8400 and Q6600 are going to be fairly long in the tooth. An upgrade that will beat either of them, in everything, at that time will probably be in the $100-150 dollar range.

Many encoding tasks are starting to take advantage of SSE4, and in these apps, an E8400 will be faster than the Q6600. Even without SSE4, there is a failry small difference between a ~3.6GHz Q6600 and 4-4.2GHz E8400.

A Q6600 will, of course, fold a bit better than an E8400.
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