Core 2 Duo Vs Quad Core Help Please

Hey I've been trying to do a lot of research before I buy my new laptop. I'm buying an Alienware laptop. I've done a lot of searching for different suggestions but I'm having the hardest time finding more information on what I will truly see as far as perfomance goes wether it be Gaming or Editing video whatever. Here are the choices I have for processors. I budget is to be around 3grand which would allow me to buy the Core 2 Quad Q9100, I see that the core 2 extreme x9100 is for the same price. I'm just looking for some basic suggestions and information regarding the differences I would notice. I plan on buying the Q9100 but will it be worth the extra money? Or should I just downgrade to the T9600 and save 350 bucks or to the T9400 and save 600 bucks... I'm willing to pay the money for that quad core but I'm just trying to justify it. All ive really come to conclusion with is that the Quad core will make editing video, and doing more things faster. I mainly play World of Warcraft, and I like mixing music and graphic design occasionally. I want this laptop to last me a while aswell. Especially if im dropping 3grand. Any information will be highly appreciated any information at all, your thoughts on what will be a noticable change between the processors. Here is the basic setup i have for the computer I have if interested, aside from the CPU. Dual HD 3850's 4gig DDR3 ram, vista 64. Bunch of other uneccary crap too lol. THANKS!

Intel® Core™2 P8400 2.26GHz (3MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB) [-$850]
Intel® Core™2 P8600 2.4GHz (3MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB) [-$750]
Intel® Core™2 T9400 2.53GHz (6MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB) [-$600]
Intel® Core™2 T9600 2.8GHz (6MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB) [-$350]
Intel® Core™2 Extreme X9100 3.06GHz (6MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB) [+$0]
Intel® Core™2 Quad Q9100 2.26GHz (12MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
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  1. hello,i hope i can help u with this:im buying the same laptop as u right now and i asked the exactly same question,i went to a sitte that i know good with some ppl who knows such things in computers and all of them said that the Core2Extreme 3.06Ghz X9100 is better
    personally ,i followed what they said and i choose that,well i hope i did the good choice,
    im a lil' suprised of their answer but well =) i guess that even with 4 cores and 12Mo the X9100 is the best
    maybe the Q9100 is better is some points and the X9100 is better in some others

    i hope i helped u a bit with this

    P.S:i have for about 2700euros for the laptop,u can have an idea of what i will do with it :=)
  2. Quad because of the 12mb cache and most games coming out nowadays are quad core optimized. and you can't really overclock very far in a laptop
  3. The information you have provided is new to me. Thank's for it.
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  4. I just got a X9100 core 2 extreme.... at 3.06GHz on alienware m17 laptop. This is a better choice than quad core at less GHz. If u are planning to multitask 10 or more programs running at one time..... quad core is for u. But best performance especially for games whether optimized for quad core or not is always better with higher GHz ( duo or quad). More L2 cache doesn't necessarily offer overall better performance if GHz not above 3.0.....hope this helps. micdav1
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