Originally Posted by sctheluna
If you are building a computer to last you for 3 years (highly unlikely in the gaming world) I would suggest getting a quad core, like the Q6600 which can be had for like $190 (usually) or lower retail.
Well, "building" really isn't the right word. I'm upgrading my current computer to be able to last me decently for the next three years. I'm not really looking for it to be an amazing gaming computer, but a decent one that will allow me to enjoy moderately high quality games now and also be able to play games in the future at decent quality. I am on a small budget, though, and I really cannot afford to get a new motherboard, much less a more expensive CPU to go with it, so I am limited to Core 2 Duo's with a 1066 MHz FSB speed. After these three years, though, I will be starting from scratch for a truly kickass rig. I just need something to last me for this time period.