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single core vs dual core

Discussion in 'Recording' started by drumsab, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. drumsab

    drumsab Active Member

    Hi everybody!
    I have a question:
    My neighbour is selling his dual core system. It is a AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+, 2.01 Ghz, 2x512Mb RAM. The RAM is upgradable to 8Gb

    He has given it to me for a try out. My plan is to use it for DAW and for videoprocessing.

    Right now, I have a single core setup.
    AMD Athlon 2800+, 2.08 GHz, 2x512Mb RAM. The RAM is not upgradable.

    Both systems have a 128 Mb videocard, so I have to invest in that part for videoprocessing.

    And my question is if a dual core system is worth buying as opposed to a single core. In regards to DAW use.

    On my single core I use Cubase SX3, Battery2, The Grand, GuitarRig.
    And am planning to use that also on the dual core.

    Thanks. :cool:
  2. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    Technically a dual core is a step forward from single core. Cubase loves dual cores. Also video editing will work faster.

    Get the exact specs and post the same question again. What motherboard? What socket AM2/s939?

    My PC is similar, AMD s939 X2 3800+, Gigabyte KNF9 Ultra NF4, 2GB RAM, 256 RAM video card, but only GeForce 6800.

    A lot depends on the price your neighbour asks. If it is dirt cheap then you have a nice deal.

    3 things to consider these days:
    AMD AM2 CPUs are really cheap, an
    Intel C2D are better CPUs
    What's your budget.

    The best thing I can think of is compare his rig to prices on Newegg and decide if it is worth your money.
  3. drumsab

    drumsab Active Member

    Yes, I have been browsing already and the prices range from 300 to 500 euro.

    He will sell to me for 250 euro.
  4. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    If his specs are up to snuff (good mobo/chipset, quality PSU etc.) it will be a good deal.

    Especially if your old CPU is still an Athlon XP you will notice a big difference.
  5. drumsab

    drumsab Active Member

    It has a NVIDIA Geforce 6600 GT

    And some standard NVIDIA Audio. I would have to invest in that, a good soundcard. On my single core I have the Creative Soundblaster Audigy ZS2, but I am in doubt as to switch it to the dual core, or to purchase a whole new one and then go for the emu or focusrite or line 6.

    All in all, up til now, I am very pleased with it.
    My Pinnacle videosoftware is running like a charm and my music is running smoothly also!
  6. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    Sounds like you are in no hurry to upgrade... And yes, a good soundcard is important too.

    If your current system still works well you can also keep on using it until it runs out of steam and upgrade later. Maybe you can upgade your soundcard now and your system later.
  7. drumsab

    drumsab Active Member

    You are right, I am in no hurry.

    And furthermore, I am no expert in DAW systems, which config works out best, also in the long run.

    I got this system for try out and am curious of the experiences people have in single core vs dual core.

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