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)...
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
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
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).
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