Originally Posted by jordan12
If I got the fastest single core proc and a good video card, like a 7900gs,
would multi tasking be that huge that I would need a duo core proc?
I typically burn dvd's and want to play a game at thew same time.
Would a duo core really make that huge of a difference?
I think it will be a massive difference. With my P-M it screams on one thing but if I ask it to do two intensive tasks at once it doesn't like it at all. Beyond being dual core, the C2D chips have improvements that even make them faster on single threaded tasks (I think wide dynamic execution or something allows more Instructions Per Clockcycle or IPC). I finish a 1M SuperPi in 41 seconds, the 2.33 C2D does it in 22, that's way faster than just the .33 difference in clock speed would account for so there have been architecture changes as well. Given that the C2D isn't that much more than the single core chip it seems you would want to go ahead and spend more on the front end and make the investment as a whole worth much more in the long run. Good luck!