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single v.s dual processors, Intel vs. AMD

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We want to be able to:
-surf the web very quickly
-check email quickly
-photo processing (possibly creating slideshows)
-design and create websites

And possibly if it doesn't cost too much extra:
-use it to show DVDs/television/play music at a high

1. Is the dual processor worth the extra money? Will a
dual processor be necessary in the near future to run
software and programs needed to set up websites, etc.?
Which is the better dual processor, Intel or AMD? AMD
seems to cheaper but some people say it is better.
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Hi. Dual Core will most certainly be faster than a single core. It may or may not be required later. For games and very detailed applications, it's a given, it will be necessary down the line. For what you want to do, Dual Core sounds like a nice investment. Before I choose the better processor I would take, please tell me how many GHz both processors are advertised for. I personally have always liked AMD more, because their processors make more clocks per second, so they do more processing faster, but in the end, both weigh pretty well. If they're both dual core, I could choose AMD, but I would like to see how many GHz is advertised before I say for sure.
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and as far as doing internet/email that is going to depend more on who you get your internet from and where/how your email is accessed than on your computer....
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Besides the dual core for speed it helps to have allot of ram.
You mentioned editing pictures it would help with a good graphics card.

-use it to show DVDs/television/play music at a highquality

U can find a good graphics card that supports all you r looking for.
Sound is mainly a good set of speakers or to connect to your sterio
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