Originally Posted by angrysasquatch
No game uses 6 threads, and very, very few even use 4. A quad core has plenty of legs on it still, a hex will just have at least 2 cores doing nothing 99.9% of the time. And you will also need to pay more for the same performance (stock clock speed)/core.
edit: don't forget tax, is the $1400 he wants to spend before or after tax? He may be PO'ed if it comes out over $1400 because you didn't mention tax, any you'll be forced to take a loss or piss off your first client.
Always have to remember the tax as well as any environmental handling fees if they apply (don't know how it works in the states).
Don't waste the money on the hex as stated. Unless he's going to be benchmarking, which it sounds like he isn't, it's not needed.
I would also consider a 965 instead of a 970. That .1 of a GHz isn't going to make a difference to him, but you can add an extra $20 or so bucks to your margin. If you find ways like that to make profit it can start to add up.