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I am unsure whether I should be going for Quad core or Dual core in my next computer. I am looking to possibly overclocking this system in the future after being built.

Also thinking on lapping the CPU like I have seen done in some videos, is this a good idea? Will it make a big difference?

My last question is which CPU should I be looking at, don't really want to be spending more than £200 on the CPU.

I first thought about going for the Q9450 but I saw in the Intel Top Overclocks excel file that E4300, E6300, and E6400 seem to be better than the Quads. So some advise on what CPU to choice would be great

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Aran
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E8400,q6600 both overclock very well and they're better than the ones you have listed.
I've seen good results w/lapping for temps
Whatever you pick,get a cpu with a high multiplier for overclocking ease.
    
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What about performance differences in Dual and Quad? Is it noticeable? Thinking on maybe going Vista depending on when this rig is bought, but could still us XP Pro...

So if I got Quad would I see differences in XP and Vista over Dual?
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Depends on what you do..

Games will react to higher OC better so E8400 and hope it goes to 4.0

Multi tasking and cpu intensive programs the Q will excell..

Most q6600 will get to 3.40 easy which IMO is all you need in games so I chose Q

However many will say that nothing utilizes 4 cores, however I have not found this statement to be true.. Mine utilizes 4 cores all the time
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Just my opinion, but I have an E6600 and a Q6600 and both are good OC’ers. Now If I could have only one it would be the Q6600 as it will be good for a few years to come and has lots of bang for the $
    
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You will start seeing multi core support sometime in the future so going multiple cores should be the next trend. Some rumors going around stating that half life 3 will have multi core support.
    
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I never see 1 core at 100% and the other 3 cores at 0%, when I play Crysis I see one core working more then the rest but the rest isn't far behind. So as far as I can rely the Task Management screen (duh, ofcourse you can) my cores are being used.
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What about performance differences in Dual and Quad? Is it noticeable? Thinking on maybe going Vista depending on when this rig is bought, but could still us XP Pro...

So if I got Quad would I see differences in XP and Vista over Dual?
As mentioned, it really depends on what you do. Applications that are designed to utilize more cores will see huge performance gains with a quad as opposed to a dual core. Most games aren't muti-threaded right now so a highly clocked dual core will be more than enough.

That being said, I'd recommend going quad for more flexibility with current applications and scalability with future apps. As mentioned, if you pick up a Q6600, most will clock to 3.4GHz fairly easily, depending on the motherboard. An e8400 will probably clock closer to 3.8GHz, but with current games at those speeds, the CPU no longer becomes the bottle neck.
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Just my opinion, but I have an E6600 and a Q6600 and both are good OC’ers. Now If I could have only one it would be the Q6600 as it will be good for a few years to come and has lots of bang for the $
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It just depends if you're gaming.

Most games will run better from a really high clocked dual core instead of a slower quad core.

Typically quads cant overclock as high as dual cores.
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