I dont live in the USA, but New Zealand, the Q6600 is discounted and i7 would be too expensive, having to buy a expensive mobo ddr3 ram and a high end CPU. In NZ a Q9300 is $400, a Q9400 is $480-515, a Q9450 is now discounted also? am i correct? and a Q9550 is $624-$673
Plan on using for gaming. I know a Core Duo is better with the majority of games, but from now to 2 years would a quad core be better is alot of games have already gained a benefit from quads.
Yes the Q9450 has been discontinued for awhile, and the Q6600 is about to be as well in the US in January or so.
Also you are gonna need a quad for Alan Wake, the physics effects will kill a dual.
As far as prices for current pickings go, given those prices you are better off hunting down a US retailer that will ship to you, or hell even US ebayer who will ship to you. Ebay US will be cheaper than $400 for a Q9300.....plenty of sellers on ebay that ship worldwide and what not. You can get a Q9550 off there for around $330. But...wait...youre using AUD, or something.
yea id overclock so id go for the E8500. Now the question is the E8500 or the Q9400, keeping in mind I want it to be the most furture proofed with games, but also want to have the max settings on 1680x1050 Resolution and also the most bang for buck. I dont want to buy a Duo core and next year they start realeasing top games which i would likey to play and run better on a quad core.
Well, you're going to have to guess here. If you expect next year's games to take advantage of quads properly, get the Q9400. Game developers are working on that, but there's no guarantee they will succeed any time soon. So far Microsoft is the only one who did it (in FSX), but most software companies don't have developers as good as Microsoft's.
Say games do gain an advantage with a quad core over a duo core how much fps loss would i be looking at if i used a E8500? probaly overclocked to near its max. Im looking at a high end Core duo vs a low end to mid Quad...
If i were to spend the extra money on a quad core, I might as well be spending it on a i7 cpu, but then id have to get a more expensive mobo and ram...
Just wait a few weeks till Phenom II is releasd (Deneb) and Intel will respond with a price drop on the mid range quads.
Cheap, runs a little hotter so make sure the airflow in the case is good and I suggest an aftermarket heatpipe cooler.
Yes the Q9xxx are slightly faster on some things and run slightly cooler but the Q6600 is a nice price and overclocks to 3Ghz (@333fsb) on stock voltage - that's a nice free bump and doesn't require aftermarket cooling.
Overclocking it further is easy but the summer here in Australia makes the proposition a bit harder as I swore off water cooling after the last "flood" I experienced.
Save up and then get an i7 when the prices drop further down the track ... you won't notice an appreciable gaming increase over core2 anyway.
An E8400 is also a good choice but I think a cheap quad is better for what I want - gaming and a bit of encoding - your choice might be different, but I suspect not.
Too late already ordered a E8500 quads are a waste of money atm, a High end Core duo is cheaper then a low end quad such as a Q6600 and is better for games, EVER game out at the momment a high end Core Duo such as a E8500 will beat a low end quad (which costs more) And you can over clock the **** out of a E8500...