Being an absolute beginner to this dual core malarkey and in the position of buying a new PC I was wondering which is now better or if they are pretty similar. useage will be Office, some gaming (nothing too strenuous), some image editing and other general stuff.
The choice I have presentl;y is:
AMD ATHLON 64 X2 4200+ 1MB SKT-AM2 and Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 2MB Cache Dual Core 64 Bit
You used to get a processor speed on a single core and it gave you a good yardstick as to their speed and such but now it is all numbers that don't mean so much to me. Is either of those a long way in front of the other or is it a *!@: up if the price is similar?
I have an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600, which while is faster than yours I would still recommend. The Intel Core 2 Duo series is currently reinventing Intel after a bad couple of years with AMD streaks ahead. Intel are back on top with an excellent processor chip.
Thanks for the feedback, it does appear that the intel is the one to go for, with twice the RAM in the price that makes it even more appealing.
I suppose it is a case of getting the fastest now to keep up for longer, it may not be too taxing with my usage at the minute but that may change or software may become more complex and the extra power will then be needed.
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