Q1. The final choice is between getting a Q6600 and over-clocking it to 3.0 (maybe higher if i can safely do it) or getting an E8400 and doing the same...
Q2. IF the E8400 is better than the Q6600 for my specified reasons, will having only a dual core hold me back in the future?
I play on a 22" monitor at 1440x900. The max ill play is 1680x1050. I like to play max graphics if possible, as long as possible. I want this machine to last a good 3-4 years. I play mainly MMO's and the occasional FPS.
I have plans on playing Age of Conan as soon as i finish building this, and probably front lines a little bit later.
In the foreseeable future, ill be playing Warhammer online, stargate worlds, and just about any big name MMO that releases.
Looks like a pretty good build.. and the q6600 is what i would go for. but there are 2 suggestions i would make..
1: change the psu out for a Thermaltake, Corsair, or PcPC of comparable size/price.
and 2: there is probably a better/cheaper solution for gpu's to go with at that resolution. But someone else on the forum may have a definite solution.
A Q6600 (extra +$19 over E8400, 65nm, 2.4GHz, 1066MHz bus) would be compatable with the motherboard you spec'ed.
Obviously the clock speed is lower (2.4GHz vs 3GHz) but there are distinct advantages with quad core tech rather than dual core. The Q6600 processor is also renound for being very stable when overclocked so you could, if you so wished, take it to the same clock speed as the E8400 anyway.
A note I read recently suggested this:
Maybe a dual core will beat a quad in the gaming benchmarks. But the benchmarks don't include the antivirus program, torrent downloads and other background tasks that your home computer will be running.
This is when the quad core will come into it's own. Letting you play whilst the other cores take care of everything else.
I don't think you will be held back by a Q6600, in fact it would almost certainly be a better decision than the E8400 especcially if you are prepared to overclock.
appreciate the post jpdykes, its actual information i can use. makes alot of sense above all. i have no problem overclocking, i just havnt dont it before. I just dont want to cause a orange stain on my motherboard lol when its all done... If you know any really good guides, i <3 u long time
on another note... i guess i could go w/ a standard clocked 8800GTS, IF i can clock it high.... i just dont want to break anything... thats my dilema basically.
I really want the thicker heatsink also, when it comes down to it. Im pretty sure heat will be an issue for me, so i need the better fans.
the 8800GT Akimbo's just seem like a safer solution to me. (everything i want for a little more in price)
well you enjoy overpaying and I'll enjoy my 159.00 gts...ECS works fine, I own one.
MMO's don't use 4 cores yet even, games make horrible use of 2 at this point and 4 years from now even a q6600 will be old and slow, future proofing for 4 years is about impossible if you want future proof and high fps or res. Right now, most games with the exception of maybe supreme commander run better on 2, who knows in a year or 2, it's a toss up! Don't pull out your hair trying to decide.