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which best of these:

Intel (R) Core (TM) 2 Duo Processor T9600 (2.80GHz)

Intel (R) Core (TM) 2 Quad Processor Q9100 (2.26 GHz)
 

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95% of the time (depending on the specific users uses), the former will be, but if it's something that makes heavy use of more than two cores, the latter will be.
 

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For gaming mostly, the dual core.

For actual professional work, the quad core.

Though some modern games make use of multi core systems...but they're still pretty rare.
 

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Be sure to take power usage in the equation as well. It's a laptop after all :) I'd go for the Quad anyway, unless you have a great GPU to back up the higher clocked dual core. Laptops are made not to be upgraded and to last a few years, the Quad would be my pick for that reason as well.
 

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well it comes in handy when you are converting a video to divx+installing a game+listening to music+browsing the internet+burning a dvd/cd. is that enough?
 

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A minor amount of a 3rd core might come in handy in that uncommon and hypothetical situation, but still not enough to justify buying a quad for multitasking.
I don't know about that...my transition from dual to quad had a noticeable improvement is overall fluidness if you will. For me, it's like when I went dual monitors. I just can't go back :p
 

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I agree with Skoreanime here, my systems simply responds better with 4 cores, but it's not even close to the step from a single core to dual. Especially not if you come from an AMD Athlon XP.

Anyway, I still stand with my opinion that if the laptop comes with a low end chip like a GF8400 / Radeon HD34xx series you should best get the Quad Core. You'll be GPU limited in PC games anyway.
 

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I really hate this argument. You know what kind of insane multitasking you'd have to be doing to take advantage of anything beyond 2 cores?
(1)Firefox
(2)Music
(3)Messenger apps on core
(4)Random Retro emulator.


Insane multitasking? nahhhhhh, just everyday use.
 

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Oh come on Squall, you can run those on a Pentium 3 if you want to. That's not insane multitasking.

Rather the encoding of a Bluray movie, while watching a Full HD one on a 24" screen, combined with some sort of distributed processing app that is multicore optimized. Then we're talking ;)
 

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Or more realistically... A game, a walkthrough, music, and WLM.
 

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Oh come on Squall, you can run those on a Pentium 3 if you want to. That's not insane multitasking.

Rather the encoding of a Bluray movie, while watching a Full HD one on a 24" screen, combined with some sort of distributed processing app that is multicore optimized. Then we're talking ;)
yeah... but i have like 30msn convo's open
200 firefox tabs
i don't like media player skipping so into its own thread it goes
and VBA+Hq4x is a cpu killer.
 

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(1)Firefox
(2)Music
(3)Messenger apps on core
(4)Random Retro emulator.
Everything there but the emulator isn't constantly using the CPU and even when they do it's only in a minor way. Hell, you could run all that on a single core just fine.

I'm running a browser with 10 tabs open, IM, and music right now, and my dual core is still only showing 0-1% usage.
 

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I really hate this argument. You know what kind of insane multitasking you'd have to be doing to take advantage of anything beyond 2 cores?
This is why I love you sphyop.

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yeah... but i have like 30msn convo's open
200 firefox tabs
i don't like media player skipping so into its own thread it goes
and VBA+Hq4x is a cpu killer.
I see, those weren't earthly situations to me, since I never have more than 10 tabs open unless doing heavy picture browsing or harvesting info from forums. And I usually stick with only 3 MSN convs max, the rest I just click away since I don't have time for them anyway. I see your point about those final two though. But unless VBA needs 2 cores of its own, the media player, msn and firefox (average user number of tabs, not yours :p), could easily be done by a single core without sounds skipping anyway, I think :)
 
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