Originally Posted by Rigs11
Meh. I love how people always think that they need a quad core. The original poster would not even see the difference between a 2 or 4 core based on what he said he is doing with it. Get yourself a AMD x2 550 and 4gb of Ram.Throw Windows 7 on it and you will be set.
If he actually opens all of that stuff at once he could. You are very short sighted though. Most current and old programs will not fully use a quad core and you will get better performance out of a higher clocked dual core. In the future, the quad core is going to have a noticable difference.
A faster clocked dual core is the better short term answer and the quad core is the better long term answer.