i have no idea how to word this, but can someone please explain to me in simplier terms what a "quad core cpu" does, i bought one thinking it would be quicker than my dual core 3.0 ghz intel, but it runs the same,
is their any thing i can do to make it run good, whenever i use more than maby two tasks, it slows down, and with a quad core, i should have no problem running four tasks at once....its an intel q9550, @2.83 ghz,, not overclocked.
also u would think an nvidia gtx 260 is better than an 8800 gt right???
It's business. Company's will do anything and everything to save while making profit. Questioning it really won't help, the only way to get the bang for your buck is by doing research, the internet is our information highway, it allows you to access unlimited amounts of information with regard to anything you may have in mind.
Now, as for your previous/current setup - given a computer that was functioning all and well, you should have been able to run a ton of tasks with no problem. These multiple core processors are specifically designed to delegate information between cores to ensure each one isn't taking on too much. Think of it as studying with another person, it's brainstorming, formulating different ideas on how to complete the task at hand. But if you study alone, you'll be cramming information in all at once unless you do it slowly, one-at-a-time.
Although, on a technical level, if your computer isn't performing to your standards and cannot handle more than a couple tasks at a time, you may want to consider that it may be a hardware issue, possibly needs to be cleaned, reseated, or even returned for a new component.
However, seeing as how you currently have a good setup, you may want to download software to test components of your computer parts. Some software I'd recommend would be: ATITool (for graphics), memtest (for memory), hw-monitor (to monitor power output to each component to the computer), and prime95 (I'd rather not touch this, but it's up to you.) Hope this information has provided you with some light on your situation. Good luck to you.