I need a little help. I'm building a new computer and my last one is more than 4 yrs old. I do a lot of converting of dvd's etc with some gaming on the side. Is quad core really worth the difference or will the duo be able to handle everything I want to do? I did a search and pretty much everything out there is when 45nm was first released and the prices reflected but now that they have come down quite a bit on the quad core are they now worth it?
Bang for buck I'd say e8500 is hard to beat.
I've had good good luck wt a q9300 for 7 months now at 3.5 stock voltage.
q9400 might be an option. little less change than the q9550
pro: all Q9400 have new RO stepping 8x multi
about 50 bucks less than the Q9550
con: half the cache of the q9550