Okay, as you can see from my sig, i am going to be doing some upgrading of my PC, and it was gonna be when I get paid at the end of this month (and when 4870x2 was due out, lol) Now I have been having a think. Am I buying stuff for the sake of it, and effectively wasting my money. I had originally decided to go quad core with a q9450 and then update my graphics card with a 4870X2. The rest of my upgrades arent changing its just these (mind you they are the biggest!). I originally wanted to future proof for two or three years. So I thought a quad was a good idea cus I reckon games will be made to make good use of them in that time. But I know what I'm like, come next summer, I will be wanting the new intel platform, new cpu and mobo, so i thought, why spend £200 on a q9450 when games now and over the next year will only use two of the cores? I know the setup could get some nice 3dmark scores but thats not what it is about really. So enough of the background here are the questions: 1, Would it be better for me to get an e8400 over a q9450 if I am likely to change to the new platform in 12months. 2, Is it even worth getting an e8400 over an e6600? i want to OC the CPU to at least 3.6Ghz (obviosuly 4Ghz if the e8400) but is it worth £115?? 3, I will be gaming at 1680x1050 on my new monitor. All the benchmarks of the latest gfx cards (4870X2 inc) are done at ludicrous resolutions. I want to be able to run games now and over the next year at as close to their highest settings as possible, all eye candy on (with the exception of crysis, lol!) Am i going to get any benefit getting an X2 over a normal 4870 at my resolution? Any help greatly appreciated. I think Q1 is quite obvious but I'd like to see what you guys think anyway, but 2 and 3 i am really stuck on. Cheers! EDIT: Only other things I have thought of are that I obviosuly dont want the CPU to bottleneck the graphics, but also IF my dad's CPU fails to boot again, we will be swapping processors, and if it doesnt fail in my machine, I could end up with a Q6600 G0 [Pack date 08/16/07] (we got it when it first came out), which I believe mussels says can clock better. Could I get 3.6Ghz out of it?