From: Dallas, Texas
ORIGINAL: Gary Childress
Calculating the 1M took 64 seconds with my current PC.
So you say your dual core can do the same calculation in about 1/3 the time? Is it a high end dual core or is it low end or middle? So if I purchased a medium to low end dual core you think it should still represent a vast improvement over my current single processor?
I'm going to give my local PC shop a call tomorrow and see if they will offer assistance in building my own PC.
Thanks for all the advice everyone! Somehow taking advice from a Dell computer salesman just didn't seem very prudent.
Mine is a middle of the road, I'll provide some links for you.
You can use after-market RAM such as Crucial RAM in a DELL PC. I upgraded my Mother's dimension desktop with some of the nice RAM from Crucial. But remember that Dell is a business and if they can sway you to buy their stuff, then they were trained well(not saying that it is good to "lie" to people)
I'll link low-end, middle and top -end CPUs from Intel( they are better and a little faster than AMD)
low-end dual core cpus These are plenty fast and will do ANYTHING you need them to do according to your OP
mid-end dual core cpus
top-end dual core cpus
quad core cpus
Notice the quads are very similar in price to the dual cores. The multiple core cpus are for multi-tasking, they will not play games faster per se than if they had a single core(newer games are beginning to take advantage of muli-core cpus), but as I explained earlier in the super pi thread, since single cores are obsolete and can't utilize today's newer and faster bus speeds, dual core and quad core cpus trump them.
You cannot go by pure gigahertz speed, it is the memory latency and bus speeds/bandwidth that have improved communication fro the cpu and memory that make these newer dual core and quad core cpus faster, even if they have a "lower" gigahertz speed to your current single core cpu.
One thing to note on all of these cpus I listed:
They are all very overclockable meaning you can force your motherboard to run them at higher front side bus frequencies to increase performance.
It's kinda like adding more horsepower to an automobile.
I will caution that anyone who does not understand how to overclock runs the risk of destroying their hardware.
The main idea behind overclocking is to get more bang for your buck so to speak.
Buy a $100 cpu and clock it up to a $300 cpu and so on.
Being that any of these cpus I listed will perform very very well using today's applications, it is not needed to overclock them.
I do so for my own fun, I have been doing this for years and understand what I am doing.
As I said, if you don't really know, I would really urge you not to think about it, it is just an example used to help explain things a little easier.
Hope I made sense.
It doesn't make any sense, Admiral. Were we better than the Japanese or just luckier?
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