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Looking to buy a new PC

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I am not a hardcore gamer but I do play some games. I mostly use the computer for photo editing, internet, music. I know I do not need an over kill but would like something that is up to date. I have been looking at circuit city, best buy to see what they have in the price range of 500.00 and seems to be some good things. When it comes to the CPU, I see a lot of 1.8ghz dual core. They say it will run faster then a single core 1.8ghz? Any cons or pros on that? The other is a lot of them have onboard video. Pros and cons against that? Any recommendations as to what to get in the price range of under 500.00?
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Dual-core is the way to go these days. Single core processors are becoming hard to find, and there will come a day when dual-core processors are impossible to buy as well. Dual-core is a lot faster, two brains on one chip. Quad-core is four brains on one chip.

Onboard graphics is fine for internet, word processing, playing music and depending on what sort of photo editing you do, it could okay for that as well, but different boards have different quality and types of onboard graphics.
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