Core 2 Duo or Pentium D

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I've been hearing a lot about Intel's Core 2 Duo, maybe too much. I also know that Pentium D is almost a complete Dual-core line. The prices between the two amaze me. What is the difference between a Core 2 Duo and a Penitum D, besides efficency?
 
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The difference is in architecture. How it does it's job basically.

There are pretty serious performance differences between the two.

Check out the benchmark tests: http://www23.tomshardware.com/cpu.html?modelx=33&model1=449&model2=433&chart=181

The point that we try to get across here is if you're going dual core, you want the most updated technology--the Core 2 Duo. This is never to say that the Pentium D is a BAD processor, nor is the AMD x2 line. Right now, though, the champ is the Core 2 Duo.
 
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With the way technology is changing today it's hard to stay updated more than a couple of months.

It will be interesting to see what Intel does with the"Penryn" core when it is released in the 2nd half of 2007 and how it is going to affect Allendale and Conroe cores.
 
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To clarify--when you build, get the best you can possibly do at that moment. Then stay away from Newegg so that you don't have to watch the prices of your equipment plummet!!

Things change constantly. Quad cores are available. DX10, and on and on. AMD will likely have an answer for the Core 2 Duo here soon.... But when you pull the trigger, that's where you sit for a year to 5 years or however long you keep the machine. So since you're locked into a spot, pick the highest spot you can grab.
 
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