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Old October 29, 2008, 01:19 PM
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So is it safe to say that if Games were my number one priority than a dual is in order. But if I am going to be using it for other things a quad would do well? Is there plans in the works for games to take advantage of Quad or more cores? Also how much does the OS have to do with core utilization?
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Old October 29, 2008, 01:27 PM
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The main question you have to ask yourself is. How long will it before I upgrade again. If your answer is 3 years or more you may want to get a Quad since more and more games will be written for multiple cores in the future, especially with i7 release. Also you have to take look what will you be mainly using the the computer for. Games or later on down the road will you be doing more, such as video rendering, graphical design, etc...
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Old October 29, 2008, 01:32 PM
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It will prolly be at least 4 or 5 years before I can upgrade again. Games will always be something that I do, but more and more I am making software and doing video edits and whatnot. I also want to make sure that it lasts that long. I do not mind spending the money that have put aside for this thing. It just seems like getting a dual core if a "good enough for now solution" If I had to buy another processor in a couple years just to keep up It makes no sense to get one now.
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Old October 29, 2008, 01:43 PM
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That is correct. So if you think that you will utilize a Quad core in the future before you do your next upgrade then I would get the Quad.
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Old October 29, 2008, 01:55 PM
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for future apps a quad is a solid choice...there just is not as much OC room on them without Uber cooling. Some of the current gen GPU's require major throughput to be taken full advantage of...but if a Q9550 is in your budget then it is definitely a solid Quad. it would do you no wrong...I only went with my Dual core to get more OC headroom and better CPU throughput until I build my i7 systems quad is definetly the future though.
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Old October 29, 2008, 03:35 PM
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Awesome thanx guys!! Huge help. So any comments on the other items I have selected? If not I think I may order in the next few days. I want to get through my current set of exams before I have this to play with :)
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Old October 29, 2008, 04:32 PM
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I think the motherboard is a little overkill. Do you ever planning on running SLI? If you do you won't be able to with that board. If you do you might want to look at the EVGA nForce 750i FTW. If you don't you could even drop down to the Asus P5Q Pro and save yourself $200 that you could put into a good water cooling kit.

Also I would recommend the Mushkin XP PC2-8000 Redline 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - $101.85 @ BestDirect.ca
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Old October 29, 2008, 04:52 PM
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I do not plan on running SLI I only have a 20 inch lcd. What exactly do you think is overkill on the MB. Also if I can pry you recommended some ram modules but did not say why. I guess I just assumes that ddr2-1066 was going to be better performance. I also kinda wanted to avoid water cooling. I hate doing maitenance type things...

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Old October 29, 2008, 05:13 PM
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The memory is personal choice as I have always had luck with Mushkin.

Regarding the board. I would compare the two boards and see if the extra $200 is worth the extra features.
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