Hi, i'm building a new rig and will be getting a HD4870 to go in it so I want to make sure my CPU wont bottleneck my card. I'm NOT OCing so I want a decent stock speed. I'm thinking I want a quad core as I want this to last some time (eventually I will put another 4870 in). So, for me the Q6600 is out of the question (too low clocked). I have a fairly flexible budget (could stretch to an extreme QX9650 (very top end of my budget) so could some of you guys give me the best price/performance CPU with clock speeds preferably near 3/2.8 GHz?
EDIT: What is the difference between these two processors:
The q9450 or q9550 is all you should need. The extreme edition is a waste of money. The only reason to purchace an extreme chip is if you plan on doing some hardcore overclocking. If not it is a complete waste of money.
I'm 95 percent sure a q6600 won't bottle neck the current video cards.