~$2000 comp needs a last second opinion

Hi, I'm currently on the brink of buying a new gaming pc, the components Im currently planning to buy are the following:
Motherboard: Asus P5Q Pro
Graphics Card: Club-3D Radeon HD4870 X2 Dual-DVI 2GB
Net Agg: Corsair CMPSU-650TXEU 650W
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2,66GHz Box
RAM: Kingston ValueRAM DDR2 PC6400/800MHz CL5 2x2GB
DVD Player/Burner: Samsung SH-S223F
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 32MB 500GB
Chassi: Cooler Master Dominator 690

The thing Im the most uncertain about is whether to go for the quad-core or dual, I can't seem to get a clear answer about quad-core being superior in future games (like far cry 2/ FO3 and onwards) or not (Obviously I know quad-core is going to be the way to go in the future, but not in how near future)...

Thanks in advance :pt1cable:
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  1. In terms of quad/dual core I would say that on a $2000 budget a quad core is the way to go. Although the game might not use all 4 cores, the OS and background stuff can and that will benefit you in game. Far Cry 2 may support quads, but will I upgrade from my E8400 for it now? No, I'd get the quad on a new computer, but not as an upgrade just yet. Just go for the quad and 12mb L2 cache :)
  2. As long as you are spending the cash, a faster quad is the way to go. If it was a Q6600, then it's a tough choice.

    Are you buying from newegg? because the Q9550 is a better deal:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041

    If you need to save a few bucks somewhere, there is a great deal on an OCZ 600W that would be enough power for you... today only:

    (Naw i take it back, been looking at 4870s too much.)

    Why the Corsair 650TX when the 750TX is the exact same price? get the 750:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
  3. that's fine keep the quad core,
    overclock it to 3.0 at least,
    and make sure you have good cooling for it though,
    and i would say games that utilize four cores are right around the corner,
    since GRID does use all four cores
  4. +1 for the 750TX. The rest is perfect :)
  5. Im actually living in sweden so buying from newegg won't be an option :P

    About the 750TX, in sweden it costs about $40 more, so Im not sure whether its worth the money or not, any opinions on that?

    I'm probably going for the Q9550 as suggested and will hopefully be ordering it later today :)

    thanks for the assistance!
  6. Nothing wrong with the 650TX. The prices are the same on newegg is all ;)

    For such a hungry card, I would have preferred more power, but 650 works just fine. I like lots of PSU, too much according to most people.
  7. Hehe, ok, so there will be enough power (with 650TX) to run the comp with a Q9550 then?
    If so Im just about to order my new rig :D


    EDIT: Should I go for Q9550 Box or Tray? Thanks!
  8. You are set.
  9. Proximon said:
    You are set.

    Thanks a bunch :)
  10. pinzor said:

    EDIT: Should I go for Q9550 Box or Tray? Thanks!


    I suspect Box means a cooler is included, and Tray means no cooler. If that's right, then you need the Box version. Or get the Tray but also buy a separate CPU cooler (Arctic Freezer 7 Pro for example).
  11. fore this price i would buy a aftermarket cooler

    also a faster duel core will at the moment be faster than quad and will some games will be coded fore q it most likely happen that often.
    so if you want to save money then e8500 will kick ass but on a 2000 budget quad will be just fine

    you could also go with a second 4870 x2 if it is within price range
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