P4 w/ HT or Core 2 Duo?

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September 5, 2009 at 23:07:45
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 1.7 GHz / 2494 MB
I'm having a friend build a system for me and he told me that he uses 3.2 Ghz w/ Hyper-Threading processors and that they're better than a Dual Core setup.
I'm just wondering if a P4 is past it's prime compared to a similar speed Core 2 Duo.
Can anyone tell me which one would actually have the best speed? I'm trying to go with no integrated parts to help the speed too.

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September 5, 2009 at 23:20:31
Ask your friend if he's ever used a Core 2 Duo. He'll probably adjust his glasses (if he wears 'em) and mumble "err, you know, my coffee's ready."

Athlon X2, Pentium Dual-Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Phenom II X2/X3/X4, Core i7--they're all leaps and bounds ahead of the P4.

Even the 5-watt dual-core Atoms in the latest netbooks are faster than P4s in multithreaded applications.

You DO NOT want a P4!!! :-)

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September 6, 2009 at 01:01:24
Depends wether your firend is talking about Skt478 or LGA775, either way even a Dual Core Celeron would be beter than a HT, HT does not have two physical cores:


Here is a good read:


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September 6, 2009 at 11:04:59
I was thinking the same thing....everything I've read about P4's tend to show me that they're NOT as fast as newer dual cores. I've also discovered that there's a difference between dual cores and core 2 duos!
Just makes the decision that much harder.
I want something that's fast, I don't do gaming, just my daughter's Thrillville stuff, but I do Photoshop and Visual Basic and will eventually have more web design and programming software on it, so I need a big hard drive with good speed.
I've gathered that to access the RAM, I'll need a 64-bit system, since 32-bit systems only recognize up to 4???

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September 6, 2009 at 11:26:15
Like the guys said, any entry level system will thrash any single core P4 system...simply no contest.

A modern mid level video card will run Thrillville and Photoshop with no problems.

This will help with the 4Gb "memory limitation" thing.


Are you planning on building or buying for new system?


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