Originally Posted by BroncoBuff
Fast Dual Core better than a Quad - Quad has only limited advantages
Ram - most bang for the buck.
And you're anti-W7 for now?
I just got windows 7 and I love it. I would recommend it as it has some real nice features. Also, I would buy it at newegg.com or somewhere that you can get the system builders version. You don't get windows tech support (has anyone ever used it anyways) and you can only put it on one computer, but it is way cheaper.
The cheap RAM advice is good advice. I would still look for cheap name brands though. You can get the same cheap RAM with the name brands.
As for the dual vs quad core processors, either one of those will work for what you are doing. That quad core will run a little faster. The dual core will be better on power and heat output. The things you listed as the differences are the only differences. The only time you would see any difference between the two you showed there is when you start getting a ton of stuff running at once.