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I am going with: air cooling Tuniq Tower with DDR 1000 G. Skill Ram 4GB running Windows Vista (32bit for now cause I got it for free), HD4850 which will be crossfired to 4870X2 later on down the road, Asus Rampage Formula X48 in the Cooler Master 690 case.

These are the processors I am looking at purchasing, money is no object. E8400, Q6600, Q6700 with the possibility of the Q9xxx series. Q9450 MIGHT be pushing the price a little bit at $350.

I will be gaming 75% of the time up to 90% of the time, I would like to expand and do more, possible video encoding among other tasks.

Final question: What processor would benefit me more and not bottleneck a 3 GPU scenario (4870X2 + 4850).
    
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I would really recommend a Q9450. You should get a quad core, even though they will be (slightly) slower in most games. They are great multi-taskers.

The main reason why I don't say get a Q6700, is because the recent batches have been real crappy, the VID's have been awfully high.
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micro center has the Q9450 for $299.99

http://microcenter.com/single_produc...uct_id=0287628

also get a TRUE with a good fan instead of the TT
Edited by ricky33183 - 6/24/08 at 7:39pm
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Originally Posted by TheRobotron View Post
I will be gaming 75% of the time up to 90% of the time, I would like to expand and do more, possible video encoding among other tasks.

Final question: What processor would benefit me more and not bottleneck a 3 GPU scenario (4870X2 + 4850).
For me, the video encoding is the seller for a quad. Video encoding is super CPU intensive so the more CPUs you can throw at it, the better. Which quad is up to you and your budget...though, if you do some searching around here, you'll find a lot of reports that the latest batch of Q6600s don't overclock very well (assuming you will OC it).

To top it off, you'll get great gaming performance either way. Heck, my e6420 at 2.8ghz plays every game I've thrown at it perfectly (World in Conflict, Company of Heroes, Bioshock, TF2).

Edit: forgot to mention that upping to Vista x64 will allow you to use all 4gb of your ram...upgrade to that if you can - you'll see a pretty big difference. If you already have a copy of Vista Home Premium but only have the 32bit disc, you might be able to get a copy of the x64 disc from MS.
Edited by e_dogg - 6/24/08 at 7:42pm
     
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The Core 2 Quad Q6600 should be more than enough especially if you overclock it with that air cooler you are getting.
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Another thing. SSE4 and 45nm technology. I have heard the 6600 and 6700 running a little hot on loads, I am sure I won't have problems with the Tuniq and sufficient air flow but still having the E8400 and possibly the Q9450 would be a piece of mind for better terms.

But benefits of SSE4?
    
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if you get the Q9450 consider getting the board I have in my sig it OC the 9450 @ 3.4 with no problems. I had to get the DFI board cause my Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L couldnt OC at all with it. The 9450 is great for encoding also
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Okay kinda don't wanna spend 300 on a processor, more looking at E8400 and Q6600 right now heh =P Money is still no object, but I rather say I spent less and got a lot out of it. My real concern is I know both Q6700 and Q6600 can most likely reach 3.6 but I've heard some say both have bad batches comming out. Like it seems like a safe bet to go E8400.
    
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Originally Posted by TheRobotron View Post
Okay kinda don't wanna spend 300 on a processor, more looking at E8400 and Q6600 right now heh =P Money is still no object, but I rather say I spent less and got a lot out of it. My real concern is I know both Q6700 and Q6600 can most likely reach 3.6 but I've heard some say both have bad batches comming out. Like it seems like a safe bet to go E8400.
I wouldn't get a dual core. If you don't plan on upgrading for a number of years, then go quad. If you're getting something else in 12-18 months, then you can scrape by with a dual.
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Alright, I am going to grab the Q6700 in hopes that I can get a better OC than a Q6600.
    
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