I myself am running an E8400 with 4GB of RAM, an HD 4850, and a 32 bit version of Vista Home Basic. I have no need to upgrade as it runs everything I do without complaints. However, that doesn't mean I don't WANT to upgrade. 980X... <3
^^^ Iwouldn't hold your breath and any big price drops, even with the new release of I9......have a look at the price of the "old" Q9550" oe E8400....I paid $229 for my E8400 3 yrs ago...think its now around $190....thats a reduction of $40 in 3 yrs.......
You could be waiting a very long time for the I7's to drop in price.
I would not upgrade your Q6600 as of yet. I am running a X3210 @3.5GHz and still running all the new games with no issues .
Wait till the i5 or i7 come down in price before the upgrade.