[QUOTE=jcusimano2;2122430]I know I’ve asked this before but for sure a motherboard that has an NForce nvidia chipset/north/southbridge can handle an ati videocard??[/QUOTE]
all depends on the socket type, old stuff is usually AGP, all new stuff is PCIx16.
45nm doesn’t necessarily mean cooler, in Intels case it does and we’ll see when AMD makes 45nm if its cooler or not. Its all about minitureization, the smaller the part the cheaper it is to make.
The Q6600 is old and not worth gettings, runs hot, uses a lot of power. The brand new budget quad core is the Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200. The price might drop 10-20 bucks in the next month or two.