i was wondering which would be a better choice for future gaming a q6600 once the price cuts arive or one of the new e6850 1333fsb?
since both will be at almost the sme price i want too know which one is better for future gaming
and in 2-3 years buy a quad core penryn,ofcourse you must buy a p35 based on-mobo to be sure that is full compatible with penryn...
thanks for the help, are u sure the p35 is the only mobo that supports penryn, i think the nvidia 680i supports it too?
You're correct. NVIDIA claims that the 680i will be able to support penryn with a BIOS update.
As for your original question, the E6x50 series would be better for gaming now. A quad-core will be great for gaming soon/later. What you should be buying now all boils down to how often you upgrade. If you think you're going to upgrade in 1-2 years, it's almost certainly going to be in your best interest to get a dual-core now since you can simply upgrade to a quad-core when heavily multi-threaded games arrive. Right now, frequency is still more important than having 4 cores instead of 2.
I read an artical today on the ASUS Forums that indeed the 680I motherboards will support the penryn with a bios update. That is why I chose to go with the E6850 instead of the Q6600. I 'll wait for the price to come down and for more games and software to support the quads. The newer quads will use less power and therefore run alot cooler.
thanks for the help:)