THE AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2.0GHz / 1MB Cache / 2000MHz FSB / Socket 939 / Dual-Core (Manchester) / Processor with Fan COST $329 (dual ) While the AMD Athlon 64 4000+ / 1MB Cache / 2000MHz FSB / Socket 939 / San Diego Core / Processor with Fan cost $363. (single ) I am in the process of trying to build a "fast" pc ,not for gaming or movie editing etc...
I mainly surf the web and burn cd's. I am interested in burning dvd's
but can't decide what "amd 939 socket" cpu to buy. From what I have read, "AMD" is the way to go.. please give your input.
philderbeast isent cocky... just trying to correct some simple mistakes in a way he will understand rather than give a heap of technical information he neiter whants and may not understand.
and realisticly for simply burning dvds (even if he is srinking etc) and surfing the web there wont be much diffrenance that he will notice
hence the last peice of advice. if your muilt tasking then you will see advantage of the dual core over the single but if he isent he wont see much diffrence (a few seconds to a minute or 2 burning a dvd isent realy an issue here)
Are you shrinking DVD's or transcoding DVD's and then burning them? If so, dual core would be your best bet.
The deal with DVDs is that most Hollywood DVDs are dual layer so they have more info on them than you can burn on a single layer DVD blank. Therefore if you want to copy a movie you must either buy dual layer blanks which are expensive and burn slow or you must shrink (transcode) the DVD to fit on a single layer blank. Single layer blanks are cheaper and burn faster. Transcoding is the ONLY thing you might need a fast CPU for.
Otherwise I agree with philderbeast. The OP would be better off spending the money on a faster internet connection (if one is available). Getting a faster computer will not speed up the internet. A faster CPU of any kind will not help burn cds or dvds any faster. Basically the OP does not need a fast computer for any of the reasons he mentioned.
Things you can do with a slow computer (within reason):
single photo conversion
Things you need a fast computer and/or fast video card for:
doing 100 things at the same time
large batch photo conversion