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I don't see how a quad would better suit my needs if the games I play won't utilize more than two cores.
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Originally Posted by chessmyantidrug View Post
I don't see how a quad would better suit my needs if the games I play won't utilize more than two cores.
How long you plan to keep the rig? In a year or so (at most) games will utilize all your cores
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I plan on keeping it for probably five or six years, but I'll upgrade to a Yorkfield when I feel I'm not getting good enough performance and the price has reached a range I'm willing to pay. I don't want a Q9300 because of its 6MB L2 Cache. When the Q9450 gets around the $250 range, I'll start considering one.

And the only games I'm concerned about fall under the RTS genre. Either way, I don't imagine most games utilizing four cores until probably 2010. And until RTS games start utilizing them, I won't care.
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E8400 by the looks of it should be the best choice.
 
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I plan on keeping it for probably five or six years, but I'll upgrade to a Yorkfield when I feel I'm not getting good enough performance and the price has reached a range I'm willing to pay. I don't want a Q9300 because of its 6MB L2 Cache. When the Q9450 gets around the $250 range, I'll start considering one.
So the purpose of this thread was to confirm your choice of a 45nm Dual???

remember a few things on the 45nm chips

FSB VTT volts past 1.362 and CPU Core volts past 1.362 have been known to cause issues in the threads Ive read..

But they are great chips for sure, and really, most dual core cpu's clocked past 3.0 will suite your gaming needs..

Im sure you will be happy with it..

Im waiting to see what the Q9650 runs like myself
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You might say that was the case. I originally planned on going with a Q6700, but read quads aren't any better at gaming than duals so I didn't see the point in going with a quad. I figure if a dual-core processor will give me better gaming performance than a quad, might as well save money there.

Now I'm cringing at the prices of x38 mobos. I plan on running CrossFire down the road and don't want a bottleneck from a lack of PCI buses.
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get a quad they are best and will sever you well a 2.7 to 3.2 gig quad is great will run anything you throw at it. you'll be able to de frag and virus scan while playing games all good for system performance
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I don't plan on doing either while I play games. If anything, those tasks would run overnight or while I'm at work.
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I have been wondering the same question and I think my final decision is the Q6600, this will allow me to keep my 680i EVGA board and not have to ugprade my mobo till nehalem comes out. Also the e8400 can clock to 4GHZ+ and the Q6600 3.2 - 3.4 or so. The performance difference between the e8400 at 4 and the q6600 at 3.2 is so small that I would much rather have the quad core for $200
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