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Windows 7: 3.2GHz Dual Core or 2.8GHZ Quad?

22 Mar 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Whichever is cheaper is what I would do. I run on a quad core at home and a dual core at work and run tons of VM's and there is very little difference between the two boxes. With the dual core, you get higher clock speeds which will always benefit you, regardless of how many cores are being used. However, with multi-core apps, you might find better performance by having more cores. But I don't think if you get a dual, you will later regret it saying, "I should have gotten the quad".

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22 Mar 2011   #12

windows 7

by the way if it helps/anyones interested
its a AMD X4 630 2.8GHz quad core, versus

Intel® Pentium® dual-core processor E5800
Features 2 processing cores, an 800MHz system bus, 2MB cache and 3.2GHz processor speed.

price difference: about $25
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22 Mar 2011   #13

windows 7 first post didnt post....i was wondering if theres any mathmatical equations to figure this out?

or if running a speed tst (not sure if this is gonna be an option..probably not) on both machines, to see whats better?
i asume theres gonna be different things each machine is good at though so im not sure that'll help me specifically (not knowing for sure what i want/need)

thanks all
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22 Mar 2011   #14

windows 7

oh i can also get a Intel Core i3-550 Processor 3.2 ghz for the same price as them both. sounding like dual core is the way to go though, i think its worth $100 than these other two machines too.
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22 Mar 2011   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I would go with the i3 then, as it gives you some upgrading room down the road as well. I'm surprised so many said quad-core, to be honest, because few apps, especially those you mentioned, and even written to take advantage of a quad-core system. I would say pparks1 is right on the money. In many things, a faster dual-core will outpace a slower quad-core. If you were doing a large amount of video encoding, for example, the quad would be your way to go.
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22 Mar 2011   #16

windows 7

lol so...i um, found this dell deal, 6 core $900 dollar comp (750 on ebay) plus a tablet for 756 after shipping
sell the tablet/phone for 300
that comp now cost me 450.

deal done. thanks all. if anyone whos tried to help me in here is interested in this hit me up via PM, they also have a laptop deal theyre doing. ur getting the 600 dollar tablet for $100 and, the desktop was discounted too tho i think idk im tired
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 3.2GHz Dual Core or 2.8GHZ Quad?

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