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
I agree here, mid high end and high end CPU rarely benefit from huge price drop, look at the E8600 and Q9650 and even the E8500. It's almost like they rather pull them off market instead of selling them with a reduced price.^^^ 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.
My 2 cents a day late and a dollar short, I also am running a [email protected] on a P5K Premium, 4gb Gskill, 2 x 640 WD Black Raid0 and a HD4890 1gb vapor x and a PC power 850SSI turbo P/S and run everything well and pretty quick. I have the upgrade bug but have a hard time justifying it with the current performance of this rig.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.