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L4D does a bajillion FPS on any system, the source engine is SO old.

GTA IV shows a gain with quad core, yeah. 1 game. 1 terrible game that runs like poo even on awesome setups.

By the time quads are properly used in games the q6600 will be old and slow anyway. And the wolfdales are more "future-proof" (i hate that term when talking about puters) because they support SSE4.1 and are loads faster clock for clock than the q6600, AND it hits MUCH high clocks...like 1ghz higher.

I've had them all, and I came back to the wolfdale because they were the best bang/buck and hit crazy frequencies that are not possible on the q6600.
    
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OP--Let us ask you this--what processor are you running right now?
    
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q9550, best choice, and not to say gta4 uses 4 cores...
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Well i'm really getting mixed thoughts on this, so i guess it'll just come down to what i decide.
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L4D does a bajillion FPS on any system, the source engine is SO old.

GTA IV shows a gain with quad core, yeah. 1 game. 1 terrible game that runs like poo even on awesome setups.

By the time quads are properly used in games the q6600 will be old and slow anyway. And the wolfdales are more "future-proof" (i hate that term when talking about puters) because they support SSE4.1 and are loads faster clock for clock than the q6600, AND it hits MUCH high clocks...like 1ghz higher.

I've had them all, and I came back to the wolfdale because they were the best bang/buck and hit crazy frequencies that are not possible on the q6600.
At most it is 10% faster clock for clock and a good E8400/E8500 might hit 4.0ghz while pretty much any Q6600 will get to 3.6ghz, an E8400 will not overclock 1ghz higher than a Q6600

If the OP is not doing video encoding then SSE4.1 is useless to him, most games in the next year will be using all 4 quads, GTA4 is just the beginning
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Well i'm really getting mixed thoughts on this, so i guess it'll just come down to what i decide.
Well nobody can give you really good advice without further criteria, since "gaming" no longer clearly points to dual vs. quad, and that was the only thing you listed.
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I'd go for a Q6600. I have one and I love it. An E8400 would be faster now, but not much so, and with the 4870 you are planning to get you will not notice much of a difference. In addition, for apps other than games the quad is better than the dual, and programs are only going to get more multi-threaded as time goes on.
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id go for dual core, if your mainly into gaming, as you say you cud only afford a q6600 or a dual, and the duals have 45nm as well as higher clocks. if your into video editing though id go for q6600...ask yourself do i video edit, no? then get dual core, yes? then get q6600..simple as!
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I'd say that dual is better if your planning to go with i7 in the next 6 or 7 months. Otherwise go with the quad, as upcoming games will probably support four cores.
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a good E8400/E8500 might hit 4.0ghz
??? Good E8400/E8500 hit 4ghz? You're kidding, 4ghz is pretty much guaranteed as long as your motherboard is up to 450fsb. I've had at least 17 wolfdales and only 1 did not hit 4ghz on less than 1.35V because it was an abused engineering sample.

btw, just for the record my E8500 is at 4.6ghz stable

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while pretty much any Q6600 will get to 3.6ghz, an E8400 will not overclock 1ghz higher than a Q6600
Absolutely not true, I've had almost as many Kentsfields as wolfdales, and before 2008 your statement "might" have been a bit more accurate, but the current chips do not do 3.6ghz easily, and to say that almost any q6600 will do 3.6ghz is just wrong.

I would say with a q6600 you are pretty much guaranteed a 3-3.2ghz clock....and with a wolfdale you are pretty much guaranteed a 4-4.2ghz clock.

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If the OP is not doing video encoding then SSE4.1 is useless to him, most games in the next year will be using all 4 quads, GTA4 is just the beginning
hmmm that's funny, since people usually use encoding as a primary reason to go quadcore...
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