|Anything more than four cores is useless unless you do a lot of video/photo editing or use Adobe CS4 to create digital images. If you game, AMD's highest rated 6 core, the 1100t @ 3.3 Ghz, will still perform slower than a Phenom II x4 955 @ 3.2GHz. The biggest reasons for waiting until Bulldozer is released to upgrade to a 6 core CPU:|
No Triple Channel memory support, making it so that only one DIMM channel is accessible per 3 cores, instead of one channel per 2 cores like the Phenom II x4's.
No increase in L3 Cache as compared to the Phenom II x4's, which means that each core has access to less of this cache, thus reducing overall performance.
No support for 6 cores. 4 cores aren't even utilized fully unless doing intensive multi tasking and graphic design, and at this point, only a few (and very expensive) programs will be able to thread for 6 cores.
Antec Three Hundred Mid Tower
AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz @ 3.8GHz stock heatsink
2x2GB G.Skill DDR3 1333MHz @ 7-7-7-21 tRC 28 2T
Nvidia GTX 460 1GB MF'd by Nvidia @ 805MHz Core / 1.61GHz Shader