Posted 25 January 2009 - 03:31 AM
If you want to futureproof yourself go for the quad even though few current games make use of all four cores. Some very old games, like The Sims 2, can use only one core so you are, in that case, limited to the clock speed of the processor. Nothing runs GTA4 very quickly, for that you need not only a good processor but also a very good video card with plenty of video memory if you want to enable high end effects. BTW, the Phenom II edition of AMD's quad core processors are better processors all around. I suggest you consider either the Phenom II 920 or 940. I also suggest that, unless you are comfortable with WINE, you go with Vista 64-bit in order to ensure greater compatibility with games.