Once agian, getting an alienware, but I need to know, should I get a dual-core Pentium D 3.0GHz or a 3.6 GHz Pentium 4? If I should get a dual-core, tehn why?
Dual cores arnt as fast yet, but they have two cpus instead of mocking two cpu's. Dual core will buy your way into the future though. I had the same choice when I bought my 640 processor, and I do love it. Dual core is too new for me to jump on. You figure though, youll upgrade again in 3 years right...whats the sense?
My first suggestion is: Assemble your own computer. If that doesn't work out, then I would go for a dual core. Since you are buying a new computer, there is no point in buying a HT with another virtual CPU. May as well get a dual core.
From all accounts, all very well verified, Prescott suffered immensely from its long pipeline at lower clock speeds: below 3.2GHz, Northwood cores turned in better numbers. 3.2GHz was around the break-even point, and at 3.4GHz Prescott finally began to pull ahead.
Why bring this up? Because Smithfield isn't much more than two Prescotts stuck together. So unless you're a professional [multi]media designer, stay with the higher speed single core option, at least until Intel can cut a few stages off the pipeline.
If you want to go with dual core, I suggest going with an Athlon X2. they pretty much slaughter the Pentium D'sAMD annihilates Intel in dual core benchmark testshttp://theinquirer.net/?article=27972other wise, stick with the 6xx series
don't go alienware! build your own or get someone to build it for you! I've priced many computers with the same hardware as alienware and you can save hundreds of dollars! you can get everything they can get and have the same manufacturers warranties. To answer your question, don't go dual core yet, wait alittle longer for that but at the same time.. getting it now will save you money in the future.. enless of course something else is released that is better and becomes more mainstream (always possible when it comes to technology).. i personally perfer AMD over Intel but to each his own..
My advice: Get the mobo that supports dual-core but get a good and fast single cpu. Wait for the really good dual-CPU sets to come out. Speeds will be in the 4.0ghz range soon enough. Make sure the mobo also supports SLI.