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Dual-Core vs Quad-Core


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Wind!crap

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Ok guys. My wife recently bought a new desktop PC.

The original configuration was:

Processor: Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E6850 (3.0GHz, 4Mb L2 cache) 1333MHz FSB LGA775
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Motherboard: Asus P5B-MX / Intel® 946GZ Chipset

The manufacturer told us upon delivery that they changed the processor to:
Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q6600 (2.40GHz, 8Mb L2 cache) 1066MHz FSB LGA775

Because the fan on the Core Dou didn't fit on the mother board. We couldn't say anything about this because we weren't informed about this problem until the delivery.

Now, my question... Did we just get jipped? x_X!

Was the Core Dou 3.0 faster and better for us-gamers than the Core Quad 2.4?

I personally would choose the Core Dou 3.0 but what do you guys think? Was it a good or a bad trade-off?

The system will run Windows Vista 32-bit Home Premium by the way.

Our usual applications are:
Various games
Ventrilo
Messangers
iTune, Winamp, Movie Player
Video and image editing (Paintshop XI, Windows DVD maker etc.)
HTML coding
And of course some security softwares.

Also, anyway we can optimize this Quad core?

Thank you very much for your insite!
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Neil Jones

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Theoretically the Q6600 would be faster by virtue of the fact it has a bigger cache size.

Depending on the sort of games you play, it may make absolutely no difference to you performance-wise. What games do you regularly play?

http://xbitlabs.com/...d-q6600_12.html might also be of interest.
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Wind!crap

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I see...

We usually play MMORPGs and FPS games. Planning on getting Call of Duty 4 when it comes out, and possibly Crysis or Unreal tournament 3.
We're trying out Tabula Rasa right now, an MMO that requires quite a bit of resouce...

So... yeah..
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Unless you are planning on overclocking the Q6600, (which may not be possible depending on your mobo) the e6850 will perform much better at gaming and all applications which are not optimized for four cores (most applications).

However, they are both the same price on newegg, so I don't think they ripped you off in terms of money.
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