Quote: Originally Posted by eduede
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...
Worth mentioning though is that Intel changes their direction quite frequently. So, while Nehalem might be the technology of the day....chances are in a few years it will be something new. So, in 2 to 2.5 years...there will be a new thing people will be developing for.
I just buy what I can afford at the time and worry about later...later.