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14 Jul 2010  

Windows 7 Home Ultimate 64-Bit, Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, Windows XP

Yes, go with the i5. keep in mind that intel is moving away from the old architecture and toward the Nehalem microarchitecture. the industry will note this and begin developing hardware and software applications with this kind of architecture and so you'll be making the right long term investment in the new technology. Nehalems all the way. as for gaming, it's not like you'll notice the difference between the i5 and the quadcore. where you'll notice the gains from the i5 is in multi-tasking on your rig...
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