QUAD cores in Win32 ?

  MarvintheAndroid 18:47 18 Jun 2010


I am planning my next upgrade and I can't decide between dual or quad core. For the time being I don't want to change my OS, so I would continue to run WinXP Pro 32.

My question is whether WinXP32 would be able to utilise four cores effectively, and whether the extra cores would be available to games - or should I stick to dual core ?

Budget : £250 max

Planned system :
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro R2
£16.24 inc VAT

Sapphire HD 5670 512MB GDDR5 HDMI DVI VGA PCI-E Graphics Card
£72.58 inc VAT

Crucial 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 1066MHz/PC2-8500 Ballistix Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL5
Mfr part #: BL2KIT12864AA106A
£40.70 inc VAT

Gigabyte GA-M720-US3 AMD Nvidia 720D Socket AM2+ 7.1 audio ATX Motherboard
Mfr part #: GA-M720-US3
£52.14 inc VAT

AMD Phenom X4 9850 2.5GHz Socket AM2+ 2MB Cache OEM Processor
£72.98 inc VAT

These are the only bits I need.



  chub_tor 20:15 18 Jun 2010

I think that you will find your answer her click here it appears that XP can recognise quad cores but how they are used depends on your programmes.

  MarvintheAndroid 20:23 18 Jun 2010

Useful info, thanks.

  robin_x 02:24 19 Jun 2010

XP is 10 yrs old. Switch to W7. Take a couple of weeks to learn but lots of forums.

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