Processor Question... check out this PC.
How fast does this processor run? It says 1.86GHz, but it is a Core 2 Duo, so does that mean it is actually 2 times as fast? Will it run a game that requres 2.0ghz or higher?
Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E6300 (1.86GHz, 1066 FSB)
Will I be able to tell a big difference?
What do you guys think of this PC? Keep in mind I have a 25% off coupon.
Core 2 Duo beats the other two by a long shot.
That's a low-end Core 2 Duo but it should still give the P4 or Pentium D a run for their money despite their higher clock speeds. Depending on what you're looking at, I'd consider it or the Pentium D, but not the Pentium 4.
so even though the clock speed is lower, it will be better? It will be used to play games and other basic computer stuff. Internet, homework...
These are all at the dell site and the Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E6300 (1.86GHz, 1066 FSB) is the more expensive one, so I figured it was better.
Is it really 3.72 because it is dual core? Would that processor run a game that required a 2.0 or higher processor?
The processor you have spec'ed on that Dell page is an E6400, a 2.13Ghz processor.
You can't go by clock speed anymore -- that's the old school way of judging processor performance, and doesn't apply today. The only thing clock speed is good for comparing against is other processors within the same family.
That 2.13Ghz E6400 will outperform just about any 3+Ghz prior generation CPU. Even the lower end E6300 @ 1.86Ghz will probably outperform them, it will certainly outperform any non-Conroe 2+Ghz CPU.
And to answer your last question no, you can't simply add the cores' clock speeds together to arrive at a meaningful "total" clock speed. Doesn't work that way. Both cores run in parallel at the same clock speed, but nothing uses both cores at 100% so you never realize double the performance from a dual core setup. Still, I recommend dual-core because they do have their benefits, and we're about to the point where they're the only type of CPU's being made.
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Thanks a lot for the info, +Karma. One last question is will this play games like Quake 4? Or would it need a better video card?