Ok, so i've been researching to build a case for about 4 months now, and I've got a pretty good idea on two builds that I might work on. One of them has a q6600, the other a core i7 build. With any possibility, just want to hear peoples intake on how fast the q6600 will become obsolete. Also, I would like some suggestions on the full tower case for the cheaper build, because I'm having some debate on whether to get a coolermaster HAF or an Antec 1200.
And the point of this computer would be??? If its gaming, get the Q6600 computer. The i7 isn't any faster for games, and you get the "better" GTX260. (I say "better" because you should look at AMDs 48xx lineup.) If this is more of a work computer, then get the i7.
The Q6600 probably wont' be "obsolete" any time soon. Most programs still aren't multi threaded, so in that respect it will probably last a long time. OTOH, the new i7 can completely blow away the "old" quads in some benchmarks, so its nearly obsolete right now. If you are just looking to game on it, you should see a few years of gaming with this.
As for your case question, meh. Get which ever you think looks better.
Yeah, I'll probably get the core 216. As for the case, i'll go with the Antec, since it has a better wind tunnel design i think. But... If I were to mount a psu on the bottom, which way would the fan face, since it has no hole to suck in air on the bottom.
But... how long do you think the quad cores will keep on going? Maybe another 4 years or so?