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    Right, after a bit of advice!

    Is a Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor E2140, the equivalent of a normal 3.2GHz processor?

    E2140 65 nm 1MB L2 1.60 GHz 800 MHz - These are the specs on intel...:thinking:

    I don't how these things are worked out...would this processor be good for gaming?? i.e The Sims (Thats all expansions!) plus others like Black & White 2, Civilisation, Civcity Rome etc??

    TIA :thumbsup:

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    I am no expert myself but would think that for those types of games it should be fine.

    I play Sims and city building type games on an AMD athlon 3700 with graphics full on without any problems and that is a much older chip.

    Are you buying new?

    There is just £5 difference in price on the next one up at Ebuyer (E2160) which will give you a little more speed.

    [url]www.tomshardware.com[/url]

    [url]www.anandtech.com[/url]

    Unfortunately this is a little complex for two main reasons - a dual core processor does not automatically double the speed, and also Core Duos/Pentium-m's are much faster clock for clock than Pentium4's.

    A dual core processor has two physical processors which are on the same package, if you are only running a single program (which doesn't support multiple processors) it will be slightly faster than a single core processor running at the same speed. However if you run a program which supports multiple processors or you run two intensive applications together you will notice a substantial improvement in speed. I wrote an introductory article when dual core processors were just being introduced, it's a little out of date but may be of interest:

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    There's some figures I measured in this review:

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    At 1.6Ghz it's not bad for the older games you've mentioned, if you are planning on newer games I'd consider trying to get a slightly faster model if it's not going to be a large increase in price.

    John

    Original Poster

    Thanks you 2...

    Im not building, just looking at pre-built PC's and what they have in them! Want to know if they are good enough to play non-hardcore-ish type games...its fo rthe other half basically!

    EDIT: Thanks John...some good advice there!

    What would you rather go for then...Pentium 4 or a Dual Core?

    Core Duo all the way, without doubt - it's a much better architecture than the Pentium4's used even though the clockspeed is lower the Core Duo processors do more work per clock cycle.

    John

    Original Poster

    Isnt Core Duo different to Dual Core? :?

    E6600 C2D here kicking **** nicely, i'll be looking into Quad Core next September after Intels usual summer upgrade/price annoucements.

    Core 2 Duo, aiui = Version 2.0 of Intels Dual Core set of CPU's which are significantly better.

    I'd recommend the E6650 for a £150ish CPU on a Desktop machine, nice fsb speeds...

    birdyboyuk

    Isnt Core Duo different to Dual Core? :?



    Yes, sorry if I caused confusion - dual core refers to a processor with two cores (Core Duo, Athlon X2, Pentium D etc.) whereas Core Duo/ Core 2 Duo is Inte's current line of dual core processors.

    John

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    Johnmcl7

    Yes, sorry if I caused confusion - dual core refers to a processor with … Yes, sorry if I caused confusion - dual core refers to a processor with two cores (Core Duo, Athlon X2, Pentium D etc.) whereas Core Duo/ Core 2 Duo is Inte's current line of dual core processors.John


    So, I assume Core Duo is the better one as more expensive, whereas Dual Core is just as good but cheaper? :?

    Anyway, my choices are:

    [LIST]
    [*]Dual Core E2160
    [*]Core 2 Duo E6420
    [/LIST]

    Can these both do the job as good as eachother?

    The second one is better as it's faster and has more cache, the first one is a stripped down version which is slower and with less cache.

    John

    Original Poster

    Johnmcl7

    The second one is better as it's faster and has more cache, the first one … The second one is better as it's faster and has more cache, the first one is a stripped down version which is slower and with less cache.John


    Would the first one be good enough to run games on it, i.e the ones mentioned in my first post? (bearing in mind, 2GB Ram, graphics card)
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