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I'm in the process of buying a new PC. I've got a choice of either an Intel P4 650 3.4GHz HT 800 2MB chip or an Intel Pentium D 820 2.8GHz HT 800 2x 1MB (Dual Core Technology).

Alas, my choices are limited to these 2 processors! Has anyone had much experience with the dual core chips? Is it worth having this technology at the expense of 0.6GHz speed? The only demanding applications I use are games like Civilization IV etc.


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Well for games and dual core you generally want to stay well away from intel, general users also want to stay away from them due to their high price. Dual core from AMD is very good however the intel stuff is woeful especialy the 820D its one of the slowest chips available today. Between the two i would get the 650 however i preferably wouldnt buy a new intel system if you A play any games or B are just a normal home user as AMD outperform and are cheaper than intel in those circumstances. Dual core is good but not that dual core.
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