October 29th, 2007, 11:56 AM #1
Dual core, tri core, quad core etc
I have a computer with a single processor (Athlon 64 3200, Socket 754) running Windows XP Media Centre Edition.
I tend to browse the web and watch DVDs on my computer.
If I were to upgrade, what would be the point/benefit of having more than one processor?
A lot of people seem to be getting those lately but I don't see the point.
Last edited by 27; October 30th, 2007 at 04:23 AM.
October 29th, 2007, 05:06 PM #2
Dual cores and up cpu's can make multi tasking a joy....
Right now if while watching a DVD you were to open up 8 additional applications, odds are you current pc would choke and wish you'd make up your mind.....A multi core cpu would open the 8 additioal apps much better...
If you don't want or need to multi task - keep your current set up till it dies.Imagine a world where dogs took bad owners to the pound...
October 29th, 2007, 05:35 PM #3
- Join Date
- Feb 2006
- Gville, FL
- Blog Entries
Some applications can utilize more than a single core.
So even though its only a single application, both cores are working.
But dual core CPUs are CHEAP. You can find them for around 60$ and up.
So why wouldnt you buy atleast a dual core......
Realize that to upgrade, you'd need a new motherboard, DDR2 memory and the CPU. So it would basically be a new machine.
October 29th, 2007, 05:42 PM #4
If the A64 is a socket 939 you can upgrade the CPU to a A64 X2 without needing a new mobo or DDR2.
October 30th, 2007, 04:24 AM #5
November 5th, 2007, 11:05 PM #6
And if you're happy with what you have, then why upgrade?
The newer chips and graphics cards are oriented towards hard-core multitaskers and gamers.
For example, I have a $199 Compaq SRN something or other (it was discontinued and I found the LAST one at Best Buy!)...3.2 Ghz Celron (single core and 1.5 Gig memory). I can watch a DVD, surf the net, write a Word document, edit an Excel document and not experience any lags.
Dual core or quad core will let you do the above, plus download a 500 meg file and decode/burn a DVD movie.
Last edited by Rootstonian; November 5th, 2007 at 11:08 PM.
Users Browsing this Thread
There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)
By XTruGambitX in forum Mobile ComputingReplies: 2Last Post: October 14th, 2008, 11:02 AM
By UniquelyAm in forum Processors, Memory, and OverclockingReplies: 4Last Post: September 20th, 2007, 09:45 AM
By Xorcist in forum Applications and Operating SystemsReplies: 5Last Post: March 17th, 2007, 10:38 PM
By xianrowanx in forum General Tech DiscussionReplies: 8Last Post: January 29th, 2006, 11:38 AM