A quad core would certainly be better for gaming, more modern games are able to make use of more than one core, but of course there is no guarantee that you will get a good overclock out of that chip. It's possible that the game you play will show little or no benefit if you only take the Q6600 to 3.0Ghz or so. If it was me I would go for it, but you may be better off waiting till Sandy Bridge and Bulldozer come out next year. I mean hey, you've waited this long right?
@jaguarmatt I was able to play BFBC2 at max settings with no problem. 1200 x 900 reso
@megamanx00 I am not really waiting for Sandy or Bulldozer coz I am pretty sure they will be expensive and not a good buy for this thriving economy lol. i might get the q6600 seeing that it will be a cheaper alternative for now. unless if my system slows down big time. lol
Most people say to wait for SB and Bulldozer because the prices of other processors will drop. (gtx 470 was $350, hd 6850 came out and the gtx 470 dropped about $50 within a few hours of the 6850's realease)
Thats definitely something to consider for someone who is into upgrading very often or who is in the enthusiast level. I am more of the regular or mid range user. But hey it doesnt mean I don't love those i7s.. I mean.. who wouldnt?
well must be my lucky day.. since it is on sale. part of the year end sale thingy so wouldn't hurt to get this now. thanks for your input jaguarmatt. appreciate it. oh thanks to megaman too. happy holidays!