To be fair, my previous Q6600 CPU ran XIV1.0 rather well too. What a work horse that CPU was! Had it years, powered through most stuff and overclocked like a beast to keep it in the fight longer than anything I've had previous. If a man could love a CPU, it would be me and that Q6600 <3
Yeah, I got the Q6600 when it came out and it lasted me until last October. I ended up snagging a 3550K for a good deal and it's a great CPU, but the Q6600 was a beast.
Like most everyone's saying, if you mainly game go for an i5. It's cheaper and prevents any potential issues with HyperThreading and games. Plus, unless you're running video encoding or Photoshop/etc. constantly on a massive project scale the i7s aren't going to give you much of a noticable improvement.