Re: Dual Core or Quad Core? What to buy?
If money is a big factor, quad core is just a luxury. In reality, unless your an uber power user where your multitasking a ton of high performance apps or your buying a ton of extra unnecessary power now to "future proof" your computer, your never going to take advantage of four cores. It's more of a status symbol than a necessity at this point. Two is perfectly sufficient for almost any task. Even gaming, because the GPU plays a bigger role than the CPU.
Originally Posted by nobodysbusiness
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.5GHz
GPU: MSI GTX 260 w/896MB DDR3 @ 655MHz
RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB (4x 2GB) DDR3 2000
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (2x fake RAID0)