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ok so in my big plan to upgrade i finally decided to go Core 2 Duo, so with the OC.net speed converter i came to conclude 2.0 Ghz of Core 2 Duo is compared to about 2.6 Ghz of AMD's speed. I also just heard that dual cores arent good for gaming cuz since theres 2 cores, each one isnt as strong as a single core, therefore bad for gaming ATM. But my question is, will 2.0 Ghz of Core 2 Duo (since its dual core) really be compared to a single core AMD at 2.6 Ghz?
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Dual Core cpu's are weak in terms of gaming (but imo), that's only on the AMD64 X2 platform, single core AMD64 is awesome for gaming. Although if anyone is buying a system now you'd be pretty dumb not to get dual core and set yourself up for future Dual Core enabled games and apps.

Core 2 Duo is the vastly superior and no AMD64 X2 can come even close to match it on performance. Now just to give you an idea the E6600 is faster than the FX60 for less than half the price.
 
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i think its about 1.25 times as good, at least... so at least 2.5ghz AMD speed. of course, thats stock clockspeed, so since its overclockable to 3ghz easily then you could really get a lot more out of it. not only that, but wherever you heard that dual core is weaker per core, is wrong. each core is just as strong... however in multithreaded apps its not actually twice the performance depending on the app, its still damn close, but for single threaded apps it works just as efficient as single core. too bad they dont make a core 2 solo for you non-multi-threaded users. i use both cores a lot though for video conversion and sometimes i have some background processes while im gaming... more memory is always beneficial too
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sweet guys, yeah ive always wanted to be able to run a song in the backround, couple video's converting, couple msn convos, xfire, bitcomet, firefox, while playing some full fledged F.E.A.R

lol ok maybe i got carried away but i cant wait to upgrade, just gotta wait to get this 80gb video ipod gift and sell it off for around $300, buy me an E6400 and the standard DDR socket T mobo (not overclockable but il upgrade to a DS3 when i can afford the DDR2 ram!) and im going E6400 instead of E6300 so the stock clocks will be a steady 2.0 Ghz... just the sound and look of 1.8 Ghz makes my skin uneasy
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..and im going E6400 instead of E6300 so the stock clocks will be a steady 2.0 Ghz... just the sound and look of 1.8 Ghz makes my skin uneasy
Yea that's true indeed, my friend's 4-5 year old p4 runs at that speed
But on the other hand. the E6300 would completely OMG***BBQ (??) it
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sweet guys, yeah ive always wanted to be able to run a song in the backround, couple video's converting, couple msn convos, xfire, bitcomet, firefox, while playing some full fledged F.E.A.R

lol ok maybe i got carried away but i cant wait to upgrade, just gotta wait to get this 80gb video ipod gift and sell it off for around $300, buy me an E6400 and the standard DDR socket T mobo (not overclockable but il upgrade to a DS3 when i can afford the DDR2 ram!) and im going E6400 instead of E6300 so the stock clocks will be a steady 2.0 Ghz... just the sound and look of 1.8 Ghz makes my skin uneasy
I'm running the E6300 but I did overclock it to 2.03 Ghz on a cheap motherboard (ECS P4M800-Pro Ver. 2). 1.86 Ghz does sound slow. I bought the mobo/cpu on a Fry's deal and the mobo accepts DDR or DDR2 rams as well as AGP video cards. This way I can still use my old equipment before I drop more money on getting DDR2 rams, PCI-E vid card and wait for more mobos to pick from.
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