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Ok with my budget I get to ask my self is it better to buy single
CPU AMD SAM2 ATH 64 3500+ ~70e or to give an extra 30e for dual
AMD SAM2 ATH 64 X2 3800+...........
What`s is the difference in performance and results? What`s better and why?
    
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It's basically two processors merged into one for much better performance, if you need an in depth definition - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_core

I'de get a dual core in response to your question btw.
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I would go dual with today's technology. It is a lot easier to multi-task and games/programs are coming out to take advantage of the dual and quad core's technology.

Go with a dual core. On the Intel side, the Pentium D, which are 2 Pentium 4s sticked into one CPU, are be replaced by the new C2D E2140 and E2160. And those are dual cores.

PD 820: $85
E2160: $91 with new architecture of the C2D.

I don't know how much it cost on the AMD side, but try to get a dual core. Games like Supreme Commander are taking the advantage of using all the cores to run the game, which would result in good performance.
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Definitely dual core. It's insanely nice to have if you're doing anything stressful on the CPU. One core is maxed out, but everything is still smooth b/c the other core isn't busy.

Plus, the new multithreaded games will be much nicer on dual core CPUs.
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Heres the basic idea:

A single core processor can only run one task at a time, all the tasks you run on your computer at any one time are actually in a giant queue and the cpu runs an algorithm to decide which one task gets to run at any time.

With dual core processors, you can run 2 tasks at any one time. Almost every task that runs on your computer is dependent on some other task, so overall performance is improved with dual core versus single core.

If you want a more advanced overview, ask me and I'll go through the process of how your OS chooses tasks and the actual algorithm for how they are completed.
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post #6 of 9
get a X2 3600+ its uber cheap (about 60 Euro's).

and its very worth it because that price now means you wont "need" to upgrade for longer.
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post #7 of 9
The 3600 x2 also O.C.'s better than any other AMD chip right now!
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Is there an difference in performance or viewable results when it is set on: 35W, 65W or 89W?
    
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Is there an difference in performance or viewable results when it is set on: 35W, 65W or 89W?
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