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    A friend is looking at buying a Dell (I build my own but he doesn't want to go there and I don't want to build it because the last time another friend of ours did that he turned into technical support...) and is asking whether to go with a Q9300 or E8500 CPU. He does the just very basic (email and Internet) so I don't know what to recommend. Any suggestions?
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    Re: Dual Core or Quad Core?

    Well if he just does the very basics of email and Internet, then just get whatever's cheaper.

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    • #3
      Re: Dual Core or Quad Core?

      Exactly. Quad cores are only useful if you do very resource-intensive tasks, like 3D rendering. For the things most people do, a single core CPU is sufficient, for gamers and users of certain OSes with high hardware requirements, a dual core CPU is more recommendable.

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      • #4
        Re: Dual Core or Quad Core?

        If he isnt gonna be doing the gaming or video editing then id go with the cheapest model possible

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        • #5
          Re: Dual Core or Quad Core?

          If it's just email and internet then he's going way overboard. get a cheap dual core.


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          • #6
            Re: Dual Core or Quad Core?

            For email and web, an Atom-based sub-notebook like an Eee PC would be fine.
            Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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