I would say get a Quad or stick to dual core (presuming you already have one)
Tri seems a bit unnecessary if you have the money to go quad. However the E8400 yeilds the best OC potential and will be better in games providing you can get the clocks that high.
However all in all i would recommend a quad, which one you want to get out of AMD/Intel is up to you.
Originally Posted by OpticWaves
The quad is mostly useful for multithreaded applications, like in my case audio production software.
Are you guys getting a commission from Intel or something? Isn't this the AMD forum?
Come on man, they didn't mean it like that. Also may i remind you that:
A) The OP did mention that he was open to Intel recommendations, hence why he was considering a E8400.....
B) He wants one with the best OC potential, now I am more of an AMD fanboy than I am Intel. But you cannot deny that a Q6600 will own a Phenom in terms of OC. The Phenoms stop at about 2.8 on average don't they? Were as the Q6600 reaches about 3.6 on average.Edited by IcedEarth - 6/7/08 at 9:50am