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Upgrading from Q6600 to i5/i7

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My dad's old Athlon machine finally died, so I'll be giving him my current CPU/RAM/mobo (Q6600 8GB). I'm looking to upgrade to an i5 or i7 for about $500.

I'll be reusing the rest of my current machine, so I'll just need a CPU (with cooler), RAM, and mobo. I'll probably want to go for 8GB RAM if I end up with a dual-channel CPU or 6GB with a triple-channel.

What would be the best setup for general usage that'd come out around $500 for all of this? I'd like to go for an i7 9xx for the triple-channel RAM, but everywhere I've seen has those going for far more than my budget. Is it worth it or will an i7 8xx (or an i5) be close enough that it wouldn't make a noticeable difference?

Edit - Would it be worth waiting for Sandy Bridge?
Edited by Pr0grammer1 - 12/24/10 at 3:06pm
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To be honest while an i7 or i5 will be an upgrade you won't see a huge boost in performance. At least for the money you will be spending I'd rather see you build a cheap rig for your dad and just keep your Q6600. I think when you have a bit more money like 750 or more you can spend some more to justify upgrading.
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Well, the benchmarks show a huge increase in pretty much everything - How much of that would actually translate into usable performance? What would I have to be doing to notice a difference in everyday tasks?
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