Originally Posted by xx cobra xx
Dual P4, 2.2ghz with 512mb, reason is because it will fly threw thing, it would do multi tasking much much faster then a stand alone 3.2Ghz, and it would be alot better for gaming.
The HT on a 3.4GHz P4 would help out with the multitasking, and does so very admiraly. You can hardly tell the difference between that and two slower CPU's. Also, when you get two 2.2GHz CPU's, you don't get 4.4GHz worth of performence, more like the 3.4GHz I mentioned.
1st off the 3.4GHz CPU's will have an 800MHz FSB, the 2.2GHz - depending on the chipset used, may only have a sharing of a 533MHz memory. Because this is a dual CPU setup based on older 533MHz FSB P4s. It also won't be as efficient as a single CPU.
The 3.4GHz P4 6xx series has twice cache than the two 2.2GHz CPU's put together. It will run faster than the dual 2.2GHz setup or equal. The dual setup has no major advantage in this case.
A 3200+ athlon 64 will do gaming better than a 3.4GHz P4. It also has an equivilent of a 800MHz FSB with the memory, as its dual channel - this time the memory controllers built into the CPU greatly increasing the efficiency of it.
Save yourself a shit load of money, and go the AMD route. Especially if it's for gamming. Perhaps instead of going for dual 2.2GHz, go for the top of the range P4 6XX Extreme Edition, or the Athlon FX 55/57. This way you have all the latest technology and you can upgrade far easier. With all the differences between the older P4 and the newer ones, I think it's mad going for a dual P4 2.2GHz setup. You'll also get all the intruction support newly added to the newer CPU's.