...get an AMD Athlon X2. The 4800+ is the fastest X2; it will pwn that 3.4GHz Intel. Forget about $1000 chips like the FX60 and 955EE; the slight improvement in performance doesn't justify the huge increase in price. Here's a page on newegg with a list of all the dual-core Athlons; they go from $297 to $632.
I need help with deciding what proccessor to buy with a computer I am buying. It has an Intel motherboard, 2 gigs of ram, and a 7900 GTX vid card (later upgradeable to 2.) I use my system for lots of gaming, internet surfing, typing documents and sending e-mails. I would like to have a duel core proccessor, but I am worried that its lowish speed will impead my gaming. The proccessor I am looking at is the Intel Pentium D 3.4 gh. Do you think this would be a good bet? Or would I be better off with something like the P 4 3.8 gh single core proccessor? I would like to keep the proccessor price under $600, if possible. Also, how does that 3.4 gh duel core chip compare to AMD's X2 4800 duel core? Secondly, what is the speed difference the Intel 955 EE and that 3.4 duel core? Thirdly, I want to upgrade my system to Vista when it comes out, so I want to buy a proccessor compatible with that. Finally, will buying a single core proccessor impede my gaming if and when games come out with full duel core support, even if the single core is faster that the duel core? I hope I didn't overwhelm you with all these questions Hope you can help!