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I'm going with the assumption that this is primarily a gaming rig. If that's the case you're much better off dumping more money into your GPU and RAM than upgrading your processor. I'm also a bit surprised that you can't get that E6600 a bit higher, how much voltage did it take to get the processor up to 3.4? Going from 3.4 to 4.0 GHz will give you little to no noticeable difference in most games.

For GPUs, the top brands tend to use better components that can overclock a bit higher, but the main draw for many is the different warranties and services offered (overclocking voids many of these anyway). Recently many companies are just sticking with the reference design, so cooling choices are less of an issue than they use to be. The Asus 4870 black edition has had some pretty nice reviews lately and seems to have a decent amount of overclocking headroom.
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I'm going with the assumption that this is primarily a gaming rig. If that's the case you're much better off dumping more money into your GPU and RAM than upgrading your processor. I'm also a bit surprised that you can't get that E6600 a bit higher, how much voltage did it take to get the processor up to 3.4? Going from 3.4 to 4.0 GHz will give you little to no noticeable difference in most games.
From what I can remember I had to push it slightly over 1.4 volts from stock volts (1.35v) for it to become stable, I just found it not worthy the extra .2 GHz for that much of a voltage push. I’m just afraid if I get a 1GB/512MB 4870 my E6600 will bottleneck it in some games.

What my 2 options are is either:

1. Get an E8400 / 512MB 4870 / 4GB (2x2GB) G-Skill

OR

2. Get an E8400 / 1GB 4870

I have a 22inch monitor and run at 1680x1050 res in all the games I play, would it be better to get the 1GB version over the 512MB version for future proof? Or should I just get the 512MB version so then I can also get the RAM?
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