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Does an extra 600 - 400mhz in a Duo really help in games? I thought once you removed the cpu bottleneck, it didn't make a difference at high resolutions. I figured it would be more worth it to have the mutlitasking ability
    
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Everyone keeps talking about how the current batch of q6600's won't overclock well. What does this mean? That they can't hit 3.6, or that they can't OC at all? I'm buying a new system with a q6600 in a few days (trying to wait for HD 4850 benchmarks) and now im worried it can't overclock.
They will overclock, but don't expect much more than ~3.2GHz (unless you're lucky)
    
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I would prefer a Quad over any Dual Core myself, multi tasking must in my book.
 
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What are you considering for your GPU(s)?
GTX 280 when it gets here (why I've been putting off building) and SLI down the road.

The duo sounds like a really good choice. How far can one get on water and with air? 4.0 seems good, especially if I can do it on air. But that leaves me to wonder just how fast it can get on water too...
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4.0GHz should be relatively easy with an E8x00 chip on air. With water... mmm probably 4.5GHz or so.
    
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the thing that needs to be asked is how long do you guys think it will be before they start releasing games that utilize all 4 cores? maybe by the end of the year? if so i would much rather play it safe than sorry.
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Yeah, I'd like to know if Warhammer will utilize 4 cores, I'm doubting it, but curious.

I am 99% sure WotLK will not... I can run WoW on a piece of junk laptop that is ancient just fine lol.

I'm not too worried about playing it safe due to Nehalem... seems like when games start using more than 2 cores the Nehalem will be here anyways.
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Well i think a 45nm duo will be alot better in most games. But ofcourse if you buy a quad core then you have bragging rights thats pretty much why i bought mine haha. oh and quad gives you beefy 3dmark score
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Some games already use 4 cores (supreme commander). Crysis was supposed to, but apparently it doesn't. Are there any benchmarks that show a duo is better in real world performance (Ex. I don't care about 150 v. 160 fps in HL2, but when your system is straining to get 30fps, will a faster duo actually give you more frames than a quad?)
    
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