ok, so i've finally got the cash together to start building my system!
but, the E8400 has stagnated too around £96 and the E8500 is now available at eclipse (http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/product.aspx?code=CPI-E...) for £99. sould i get that? or would the Q6600 be a good/better buy at £101. Machine will be housed in an antec 900 with a 750W corsair TX PSU or maybe a coolermaster 700W, since the corsair keeps changing between available and unavailable, and will mostly be used for gaming. Also i've seen that in RTS games which i like the quads do a little better than the duals.
Other specs, RAM? am going for PC6400 on a Asus x38 P5E mobo (so i can add a second card later for a cheaper upgrade). The RAM not so long ago seemed to be cheap (under £30 for 2x1GB) and seemed to be lots from OCZ, Crucial, and Corsair running at 4-4-4-12, now they're all 4-4-4-15 or 5-5-5-15/18. Would there be any noticable difference between 4-4-4-12 or 5-5-5-15? since i can still find the 2x1gb crucial balistix 800MHz with 4-4-4-12 for around £30. or should i spend another £10 and get the Corsair 4-4-4-12 DHX RAM.
I was also planning on getting the HD4870 but now the GTX 260 is only £30 more and does better in FPS games which I'm thinking of playing more.
so, E8400, E8500 or Q6600? (same price near enough)
Crucial balistix 4-4-4-12 or more expensive Corsair ram?
and finally, stick with gettin the HD4870 or get a bigger memory GTX260?
(I'm getting a 1680x1050 monitor)
(also the HD4870 can run in crossfire with the X2 beast which will probably be cheap by the time I come to upgrade)
Thanx in advance for any input and any other spec change suggestions.