Upgrade advice sought

  Gav5 20:50 11 Jun 09

I'm currently running a Core 2 E6600 with 4 Gb DDR2 800Mhz on a Vista 64 system. I've aslo got an ATi 4870 512Mb graphics card in there. Had this system for 2 years now (except the card) and it's time for an upgrade.

The choices;

Processor - Either the Duo E8600 or the Quad Q9550. similar vantage marks, which is fastest for games etc ?

Ram - Pc8500 of some description, The mobo manual says 4 x 1.8v slots but all the modern ram is 2.1v or so. Can i use all the slots at 2.1v or am i limited to the total voltage it can handle ?

graphics - either the new 4890 1Gb or Nvidia's 285.

I use the system mostly for games, sometimes watching telly, playing poker and surfing internet simultaneously.

I'm looking for opinions and suggestions to give my system a good overhaul which will last for another couple of years.

All opinions appreciated

  citadel 22:17 11 Jun 09

e8600 or if you want quad q9650. keep the ram as you will not notice any difference changing, 4890 not much faster than a 4870 so wait till xmas and get a next gen ati dx11 card as they are due out before the years end.

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