Originally Posted by meat_helmet
It depends what games you are playing as well. Crysis is very GPU dependant so you can get away with having a quad core thats a bit older. Something like ARMA2 or GTA4 on the otherhand are pretty CPU intensive and that Q6600 might start to hold you back. You could make it last a year or more if you get a new GPU though, but with the i5 out its not so expensive to get a good CPU performance jump.
ok then thanks. Well usually I only play RTS games, where the HD4870 obviously has no problems maxing anything in that genre. I bought Crysis mainly as a novelty, I usually buy shooters for the console..although seeing how much better they can look graphically on the PC might make me change my mind.
I suppose I'll have to wait and see if Mafia 2 is too demanding, as I imagine it'll have a big world like GTA 4.