For a 2 to 3 year CPU what will last long? gaming/editing

Hello im building a new pc but im stuck at deciding what Cpu Processor should i get mostly for gaming purposes rather than editing but i use alot photoshop and dreamweaver . Anyway in your opinion what procesor would suit better for the future of gaming.

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115130


atm the nebalhem is too pricey for me cause of motherboard and memory prices so only if really was worth it for the future i would go for it.

u can add another processor if u think would be better.

PD: if i get to 30 fps in any game im happy, but THATS MY MINIMUM!!! :x
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  1. get the Q9650.
  2. nice quick answer but could u add more explanation towards this reply :o?
  3. i7 is the only way to go

    what is with this q9650 thing lately?

    i7 reminds me of vista vey underated vista rocks and i7 tears up vista


    i7

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  4. but its very pricey ><. mostly cause of the motherboard and dd3 ram u need to put in :x , it raises the expenses for about 200$ but yes ur right it is fast :3
  5. I'd go with the i7 if it's within your budget. Sure, it's more expensive, but it overclocks like crazy, and it is stunningly fast.
  6. If you want it to last that long then you need i7.
    Its the only proc thats shifted to DDR3, which will most likely be at the end of its life in 2-3 years. AMD rigs will be outdated relatively soon when AM3 socket mobo's are released.

    Its pricey because its the best...you get what you pay for :D
  7. The pirce difference between a Core 2 and i7 setup is only 200-300, whats that over the life of your PC? Not alot.

    I plan to use my i7 setup for the next three years.
  8. merlinbadman said:
    The pirce difference between a Core 2 and i7 setup is only 200-300, whats that over the life of your PC? Not alot.

    I plan to use my i7 setup for the next three years.



    <-------run your 920 at 4ghz! or die!

    #1 this is correct above

    #2 the i7 is highly underrated

    i 7 rocks
  9. The Q9650 will be plenty of CPU, but i7 would be better. If you end up sacrificing your GPU for i7 your going to get less performance in gaming anyway. As for editing, the difference is only so large and you have to decide if it is worth it. I'm not sure i7 is really the best choice for you.
  10. but the i7 with gaming is really not worth the money becuase you won't get a lot of exra FPS becuase of i7 is a new chip or anything it simply is not =to price/performance vers the Core 2 Quads or the Phenom 2.
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