Core i3 3220 vs Core 2 Quad Q9650

Hello everyone,
which one of the following CPUs better for gaming ( high settings at 720p ) i3 3220 or core 2 quad Q9650 , also my GPU Sapphire HD 6950 1GB, so which one do u guys advice me to go with?
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  1. i would say 3220, only cause it has alot more single core power

    they are pretty equal tho http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/49?vs=677

    not sure gamewise but i would go with i3-3220 cause it uses lot less power and has better architechture
  2. The i3 is in red, and at least in those benchmarks, it's single thread is significantly faster.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/49?vs=1192

    The quad (assuming your motherboard supports it, even) will be an improvement, but the new chipsets faster SATA and faster RAM and larger PCIe bandwidth will make a bigger improvement in overall system performance.
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