Dual Core or Single Core?

Going to be building a budget ($800 or less)rig that is fast but very very quiet and hopefully cool. This is what it will be used for:

1. This machine will be mainly for graphics(Photoshop, Illustrator), web browsing, and Multimedia(ripping mp3's etc.)
2. Don't do any gaming, will not need to overclock.
3. Do some video editing (home movies)
4. Current PC stays on 24/7.

Thoughts: My first choices were single core like the A64 Orleans(AM2), but recently i've been eyeing intel D805/820's, because i multi task alot, always having multiple programs open at the same time. I've read that the intel D's have crappy fans & run hot, should that be a concern?
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    1. This machine will be mainly for graphics(Photoshop, Illustrator), web browsing, and Multimedia(ripping mp3's etc.)


    Dual-core for real-work. Single-core is for people to surf the web and masturbate to goat porn or play games - same thing really.

    Skip the P-Ds - slow and hot. X2s and Conroes will be quiet.
  2. I've learned quite a bit since joining the forum, and I'd go with an X2 or C2D.

    For that I'd go with a C2D E6300 or Athlon 64 X2 3800+

    Good luck with your build. I am seriously wanting to replace my aging P4 with a 64 bit dual core.
  3. Go for the dual....and never look back.
  4. Thanks for the advice. It looks like the cheapest AMDX2 is the 3800+ Manchester for $159.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103562
    This price is fine but i was hoping to go with AM2 since its the newest technology. Any worries with staying with the socket 939 for the next several years?
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