Im helping a friend buy a Dell laptop online. He just wants it for everyday use, Word, email, browsing etc.
There is €80 difference between the Pentium Dual Core processor and the Core 2 Duo one. What is the difference in performance and does he need it for what he will be doing? It will have vista, and 2 gig ram.
IMHO dual core comes into its own when 2 or more processes are running concurrently AND one of the processes is CPU intensive (or if there are a large number of low to medium CPU usage processes running). Combinations of word processing, email, web browsing don't generally fall into such a categories (although the graphics contents of some web pages can be hogs, especially if many browser windows / tabs are open concurrently).
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