First question: I heard somewhere that certain GPU brands work better with certain uhh processors. For example, that a Radeon GPU wouldnt work as well with an AMD processor as an Nvidia GPU would. Like Radeon is for Intel and Nvidia is for AMD. I guess if this is true I shoulda known because my integrated GPU was Nvidia. So if this is the case, then how much worse is my card going to be perform compared to a Nvidia? I spent $180 on a Radeon but I guess I can still return it if it's going to suck, or maybe I can get a better one for the money? It's a sapphire Radeon 1950x pro 512mb but some of you might know this already lol. Its like my 3rd thread on this same GPU.
Second question: I have a duel core processor and I guess its supposed to be able to "multi task" at good speeds and stuff like that. I just don't see the improvement over my old computer which was just a single one. What is an example of multi tasking and what it can take compared to a non duel core? Or if it was even worth it to get a duel core. I guess I just want to know what the advantages are because my thoughts on it are kinda sucky right now. Maybe I'm just not seeing it.
Last question: OK a person I know is starting to piss me off because I keep hearing how he is getting this free stuff by downloading it for free. Yeah besides it being illegal its sucks becasue he just got Media Center which didnt come with his PC but of course I had to pay extra for it. And he got Vista and by the this is going seems like he get just about anything and I'm paying for it. Not only apps, but games too. Please someone tell me its worth it to pay for it and not download them cuz I'm sick of it. Lol or maybe everyone does it and now I'm gonna get laughed at.
Thanks a lot guys
1. It's largely irrelevant. Which integrated GPU you have simply depends on the motherboard. If it's an Intel board, you get an Intel GPU. If it's nVidia you get nVidia. If it's ATi you get ATi. If it's VIA you get VIA. If it's SiS you get SiS.
2. Something like video editing or number crunching. In terms of real world performance, if you don't do anything that benefits from two cores you won't see any benefit from having two cores.
3. You have no chance of getting obscenely large fines and/or prison sentences. Plus you get customer support, and certainly in the case of Windows it makes life easier. Your installation is activated so you can download all the updates and you don't have to worry about cracking the copy protection. With games, in most cases he won't be able to play online with copied games.
Alright thanks, that's what I wanted to hear.
Note, for your 1st point, that yet there may be problems with some brands of GPUs and another brand of chipsets.
For example, according to a recent news I saw here (sorry, it's in french ^^ ), there would be NO support of (some) ATI Radeon AGP cards under Windows Vista on computers of which the motherboard has a nForce 3 ( from nVidia) chipset.