Dual vs. single core (advice please)
I consider myself a multi-tasker and for a long time I was sure I'd get an Amd dual core processor, but now I think its more of a luxury. The way I see it, Dual core would only be needed if you are actively doing something in two programs at once. Now I run multiple programs at once, but The only time I can think that dual core would really be needed is when I run a virus scan or something to that effect. SO, my question is: is dual core the way to go or would a faster single core get me more bang for my buck. The main thing that I'm considering is dual cores have larger L1 and L2 caches so would that mean better processing for non multi tasking? Also, in less technical terms, do both cores in a dual core combine to process single tasks or is it just one core works the other takes a break until you give it something to process?
Why pay for two cores if only one of them is working 90% of the time.