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Old 06-27-2007, 06:39 PM   #1
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OK...I am very technologically deficient...so go easy on me.

I know about Ghz. But not about Duo and Quad processors and their ratings. Is a 1.6Ghz Duo like having a 3.2 Ghz processor? Or am I just totally lost in the world of computers.

Also, are there any "gaming" type computers out there for around $500.00 that won't be outdated in 3 months? And to make things harder, any "gaming" laptops around that price?

Like I said, please go easy on me.
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Old 06-28-2007, 10:08 AM   #2
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duo stuff has 2 cores. Though having a dual core 1.6Ghz and a single core 3.2Ghz is a differnet thing, doesn't work like that. Quad has 4 cores.
Right now you would want to buy a dual core cpu since single cores are kinda outdated and quad cores are quite expensive and there really aren't any programs that efficiently use all of the 4 cores.
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Old 06-28-2007, 10:25 AM   #3
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Can you try to expand on this a little.

For instance, I saw a buddy play Battlefield 2 and would like to try to play it. System requirements say 1.7Ghz as the minimum. So do I need to get a 1.7Ghz Dual Core? Or would a 1.4Ghz Dual core work just fine? And how do I calculate the Ghz rating on Dual and Quad cores?
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Can you try to expand on this a little.

For instance, I saw a buddy play Battlefield 2 and would like to try to play it. System requirements say 1.7Ghz as the minimum. So do I need to get a 1.7Ghz Dual Core? Or would a 1.4Ghz Dual core work just fine? And how do I calculate the Ghz rating on Dual and Quad cores?
Um battlefield is 1.7GHz single core. That means sorta older processors. Yes, a 1.4GHz Dual Core will play battlefield great. Dual core is more then 2 times better than single core. For example, 1.8GHz Dual Core is 2 times better than 1.8ghz single core.
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Old 06-28-2007, 10:36 AM   #5
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Um battlefield is 1.7GHz single core. That means sorta older processors. Yes, a 1.4GHz Dual Core will play battlefield great. Dual core is more then 2 times better than single core. For example, 1.8GHz Dual Core is 2 times better than 1.8ghz single core.
Now you are talking my language. Thanks for the help.

How much should I expect to pay for a descent gaming computer? I prefer laptops. middle of the road graphics card, descent dual core processor...Thanks for any help you can give.
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What you said is a paradox. A decent gaming computer cannot be a laptop. As for the price, I can recommend you a GREAT gaming computer for $900 if you are willing to manually build it.
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Now you are talking my language. Thanks for the help.

How much should I expect to pay for a descent gaming computer? I prefer laptops. middle of the road graphics card, descent dual core processor...Thanks for any help you can give.
check out my sticky they range from 600$-1400$
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hang on is it me or has no 1 failed to mention the fact that you simpley cant compare C2D CPU's with single core CPU's.

like some1 said a 1.6Ghz C2D would be twice as good as a 1.6Ghz single core thats complete crap it would more likely be bout 8 times better than the single.

but you just cant compare dual core cpu's with single core cpu's for instance
the best pentium 4 processor out there would not compare to the cheapest Core2Duo there C2D would just destroy it in any benchmark
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every prossesor is different the way its built
the way it uses information
some r better then other
wats better one large powerful engine or 2 weaker engines working together?
the 2 week ones
so lets say u got a pentuim 4 3.2ghz
and a core 2 duo e6600 2.4 ghz
all tho the pentuim 4 runs faster then
the core 2 duo it dosnt have 2 engines to devide the work up
thats on simple terms
but when u get more complicated u have stuph called pipelines
(wair the info in a cpu trails to be porssessed)
the more pipelines and the more info they can move along in a shorter time will give u a faster loading time for the program
a good example would be a pentuim dual core
and a core 2 duo
a pentuim d can run at 3 ghz unoverclocked in the box
and your can have a core 2 duo clocked at 2.0 ghz
all tho they are both dual cores
the core 2 duo has a higher front side buss
the d had way to low of an fsb while the core 2 duo had a much
larger one
since is had a much larger one it will be able to prosses info much much faster
put that with better pipelines and other stuph and it allows the core 2 duo to work much better then the pentuim d
(plus the over clock much better)=P
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What you said is a paradox. A decent gaming computer cannot be a laptop.

This may be a dumb question, but why not?
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