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Cash isn't really a problem, but I don't want to spend unnecessary money on marginal performance gains. At the moment, I'm looking to pick up at least one HD 4870. I believe they are coming out with a 1GB model and I've heard those are the ones people will want to use in CrossFire mode because memory isn't shared between cards. If they come out with a HD 4870X2, I might go for that. I've heard rumors of an August release date for that.

Out of curiosity, what kind of overclock could I expect from an E8200 or E8300? If I can easily hit 3.6GHz with those with aftermarket cooling, I would probably go with one.
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People are talking about how a dual core will "demolish" a quad at gaming. Unless I'm missing something, an extra 3 FPS isn't worth an e8400 when you can get a quad and have an excellent multitasker. I just built my Sig Rig, and there has been zero slowdown while doing anything, and I never notice lag or slowdown in games. They run perfectly, including Crysis (which yesterday was using all 4 of my cores?). I've never used a strong dual core so I don't know, but a q6600 or q6700 will provide a great experience.
    
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I would say that most new games that are on the market or soon to be can and will use 4 cores. Just like most new games can use 2 GPU cores!!
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I'll never play Crysis so that information is mostly useless to me. Sorry if that offends you, but I just don't care for shooters.

I haven't messed with any of these chips and I'm going purely off reading. The only thing I care about in assembling this system is gaming performance. I'll use my laptop for other things like internet usage and word processing or what have you. I don't need a can-do-everything-and-more rig, just a damn good gaming rig with gaming being the only focus.
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People are talking about how a dual core will "demolish" a quad at gaming. Unless I'm missing something, an extra 3 FPS isn't worth an e8400 when you can get a quad and have an excellent multitasker. I just built my Sig Rig, and there has been zero slowdown while doing anything, and I never notice lag or slowdown in games. They run perfectly, including Crysis (which yesterday was using all 4 of my cores?). I've never used a strong dual core so I don't know, but a q6600 or q6700 will provide a great experience.
wether or not a quad will provide an EXCELLENT price/performance for everything is not the point here. The question is the best gaming cpu and in the end the E8400 pretty much just wins becuase even if it is only 5-6 more FPS it is MORE. More FPS means BETTER for gaming....i'm done im simply trying to prove a point to the one guy that his quad isn't as powerful of a gamer as an e8400 clocked very high. Honestly the Q6600 is an AWESOME chip.
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wether or not a quad will provide an EXCELLENT price/performance for everything is not the point here. The question is the best gaming cpu and in the end the E8400 pretty much just wins becuase even if it is only 5-6 more FPS it is MORE. More FPS means BETTER for gaming....i'm done im simply trying to prove a point to the one guy that his quad isn't as powerful of a gamer as an e8400 clocked very high. Honestly the Q6600 is an AWESOME chip.
Haha yeah that is true. I guess I keep thinking that his PC will be used for more than gaming but that isn't the case. The E8400 is a better gamer, so you speak the truth. To my knowlege, the only game that uses 4 cores besides Crysis is Supreme Commander. Whether or not that will be a sign of RTS's using 4 cores in the future, I don't know.
    
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Save $ on the CPU and get a SLI or CrossFire setup going.....

Thats the true gaming experience... This mumbo jumbo about cores and MHz is petty compared to what a second card will do for you
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If games like Starcraft 2 and Red Alert 3 (specifically those two) will utilize four cores, I might have to reevaluate my setup when they're released, especially the latter. If not, then I'm sticking with a dual-core offering.
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Save $ on the CPU and get a SLI or CrossFire setup going.....

Thats the true gaming experience... This mumbo jumbo about cores and MHz is petty compared to what a second card will do for you
I believe dual-, tri- and quad-GPU setups are primarily for high-res gaming. I plan on doing my gaming at 1680x1050. On top of that, I'm building this rig to excel at RTS games, which I have been told by multiple sources are more CPU-intensive so I don't want my processor bottlenecking my performance.
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It is true that multi-GPU solutions are only useful at ungodly resolutions, yes. And you're right about RTS games being CPU intensive, because those games don't focus on graphics and textures like FPS games do, but more on number crunching for units and player input, etc. A quad core is more suited for this type of application, preferably something with at least an 8 (but maybe 12, depending on your budget) MB cache.
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