Should I go for an Intel Quad core, or do you think this super-sweet dual-core is enough? I just don't want to be left behind as software is more and more written for increasing numbers of processors.
I'm currently working on a article to help other decide this for themselves. Do you indend on having this computer for the long term, or do you intend on upgrading every few months?
Short term build -> Dual core is better
Long term build -> Quad core is better
If you purchase a quad core, you performance will lack somewhat in the present time as all non-multithreaded applications are limited to the frequency of the CPU, not the amount of cores. Any dual core will/should outclass a quad core in terms of frequency, as it can overclock much further and the stock frequency is higher when you are dealing with two processor that cost the same. Therefore if you buy a quad, the present situation will have slightly lower performance then the dual core, but in the long run, the quad core processor would be out the dual core processor by a significant amount. Though, there are extremely few multi-thraded applications that can support four cores, but over the next few years, that number should grow dramatically. I personally don't expect games to become quad core optimized for another 18 months, at least.
However, it is out of stock at the moment. It is slightly better, and $10 more, so if it comes back in stock before I purchase parts, I should get it right? Or should I stick with what I've got right now regardless?
Personally, I'd wait for the P5Q-E to come back in stock if you are dead set on these two motherboards.
I suggest considering a different case. I know a number of people that have had ventaliation issues with that case. Considering you have a GPU with a single slot cooler in that build, you'd likely be affected by this issue.
How much do you value light scribe for your optical drive?
I suggest you swap your hard drive out for this one.http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136218
Edited by james_8970, 25 July 2008 - 01:27 PM.