I currently have an older P4 3.0 ghz machine with an ATI X1650 pro card and 3 gigs of ram. I'm planning on upgrading but my tech knowledge is a bit outdated. Will I see much of a gaming difference by going to a dual core processor at 2.5 ghz and 4 gigs of ram with the video card remaining the same? From what I've read going quad core wouldn't really be much of an increase over the dual core in gaming performance because most games don't take advantage of quad core, is that correct? And if this is correct will I actually be slower going quad core at 1.8 ghz vs Dual core at 2.5 ghz?
I appreciate the help. I'm just wondering if it even makes sense to spend money on an upgrade from the P4 3ghz to the dual core 2.5's?
In terms of overall performance will quad core 1.8 ghz processor be faster or about the same speed as dual core 2.5 processors?