I was looking through the benchmarks and i need to decide on a proc for my needs. I will be gaming primarily, and i want it to rock on fallout3, WoW, Supreme Commander, and Starcraft 2 when it comes out.
I am building a small form factor PC with the following components:
AeroCool M40 MATX Cube Case - Black
GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX
4gigs of ram
I am trying to fina a proc and i am coming up to a a decision:
Core 2 Duo E8600 Dual Core $269.00
Core 2 Q9550 Quad Core $319.99 (this is my price cap)
Heat will be a big issue in this case, as you see.
If only gaming, get the dual core. E8500 or E8600.
Heat "could" be an issue, but it does have room for 3 fans (I'm guess 80mm). I think you're bigger issue could be if the 9600GT can fit in the case, especially if it has power inputs on the end of the card.
However, there's not a whole lot of difference between the 8400, 8500, and 8600... priced at $165, $188, and $270 respectively. You should be able to overclock all of them to 4Ghz without too much hassle... so spending 40% more on a chip that's 10% higher clocked than the lower one seems a questionable value.