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What would be better for gaming? A highly overclocked Dual core (specifically a E8400 @ 3.7-4.0ghz) or a not as high clocked quad core? (specifically a Q6600 3.4-3.6ghz) Which one would better for just overall performance? they are both about the same price (quad is only like $20 more) But would a quad core just perform better since it's a quad, or will the dual be better since it's got a much higher overclock capability?
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Right now the Dual. Later on possibly the Quad. I'd get the quad as if you are at 3.6ghz then you will be ok for dual-core only games.
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lol @ highly clocked dual at 3.7-4ghz

Anyway, at this point in time the dual is better. The wolfdale is also faster clock for clock than the q6600 in 99% of games out there.
    
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Yeah, the old games.

If you're doing anything serious with the computer, OTHER than gaming, then get the quad.
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unless you're absolutely trying to save $, just go with a quad. Duals for now are fine, but I think now is one of those "limbo" times, where the older tech likely won't be up to par for too long, so you're probably better off getting a quad. But don't waste any money on a Q6600--they're 2 years old for crying out loud. I'd suggest getting a 45nm quad, though they are a bit more expensive, but they run cooler, and typically clock higher and easier.

Will you be using your 4870? From what I recall, anything that's about 3.2-3.4GHz won't bottleneck a single 4870, regardless of number of cores. So if you want to go with a dual that hits 4GHz, it likely won't really give you much in the way of returns past about 3.4GHz, so you might as well just have a quad with the extra cores. Besides, games are becoming more and more supportive of quads, so you might as well not shoot yourself in the foot right now by getting a dual.

That being said, I'm happy right now with my crappy dual, LOL...
    
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If you are going to go quad, get teh 45nm, otherwise get a wolfdale. Q6600 is old tech.
    
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The other quads are too expensive for my budget. The only way i will get the quad is if it's the Q6600, or the 45nm drop in price.
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There are a couple games out now that support the Quad and more will continue to come out supporting Quads. I'd go with a Quad.

L4D can utilize all four cores and the pig of a resource hog that is GTA IV actually needs a quad core according to HardOCP's latest test.
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Originally Posted by gurusan View Post
Q6600 is old tech.
Regardless, it still has 4 cores. Much like the "newer" Quad Cores.
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I would go quad, even if the Q6600 is old it is still based on the C2D architecture. GTA4 is just the beginning, more and more games will not only benefit from a quad but will also require a quad. Even if the game only uses 2 cores the other system resources can use the other 2 cores for normal things.
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