wouldn't q6600 be better than q8200?
@nosebleedXD: well it's up to the customer. Q8200 has more bus speed(1333MHz) while Q6600 has 1066MHz. It also has the new 45nm technology so that is an advantage. On the other side Q6600 runs at 2.4 while Q8200 runs at 2.33, but i think that's not a big difference and you can always OC it if you want. And Q6600 has more L2 cache. Also there are issues with 45nm quad core CPUs and mobos. So...when you add all up, I think you're right and you should go with the Q6600. This post could have been shorter xD
Keep in mind for the board you at least want something that can support the i7 but it does get tricky the quad core is a great way to go but yet the dual core is the recommended CPU for games. Quad core and i7, devs dont have the code to take max performance out of these. I would go with a quad core and a board to potentially upgrade to i7. As far as fans i have a antec and only use four of the fans on it, but i have not gamed on it for more than 2 hours. If anything just replace the fans the case comes with.
@Myzz617:Unfortunately there is no such board since i7 and quad core/core duo have different sockets. So you have to be sure what you're buying. If you want to buy i7 you have to buy a i7 socket board. And i7 processor and mobo add up to a lot of money. So I'd go with the quad core.
btw whats your total now
Yea i looked that up no such thing. I would also go with quad core as there is nothing that can take advantage of the I7!!! The I& is like buying an expensive car so parts will be expensive. And when i saw i7 i mean the extreme the one shoot4thril suggested is perfect.
Yes, i think you are looking for the eVga x58 FTW, its basicly an enthusiast board with advanced overclocking features plus extra power regulators. Unless you are an enthusiast (in which case you did not show yourself to be on in previous posts), you should save some money and go with the P6T for a Core i7 build.
I personally think you will have a tough time fully utilizing your quad core without media applications, for gaming fast dual cores perform better on much less money.
BTW if your still looking into the Omega Striker, i think you should consider and AuzenTech Prelude or and Asus Xonar, and remember, good sound cards are for naught unless your speakers or headphones are good enough to relay high quality sound!
Thats ur budget and your scared you not going to be able to play games? my budget was like 700 bucks and i can play any game i think of.