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.
Thanks!

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#1
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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#2
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:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyper-...

Here is a good read:

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/...


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#3
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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#4
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.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=...

Are you planning on building or buying for new system?

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