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OK, so I'm not sure this is the right place for this question, but it is somewhat related to the topic, so here goes...
I'm looking to get a new computer. My current one is slow on many things, especially when trying to edit video and compile video slideshows. I'm currently using a pentium 4 3GHz CPU with 1gig RAM and a video card (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200, not sure how much memory, but I think it's 128MB).
I'm looking at 3 different computer setups (all Dells from Costco), but I'm confused at the differences in specs. Here they are:
#1 Core 2 Quad Q6600 at 2.4GHz, 1066 front side bus and 8MB L2 cache with "Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100" for video ($1000) [other specs = 4gig RAM, 500GB 7200 rpm SATA HDD = same as option #2]
#2 Core 2 Duo E8300 at 2.83GHz, 1333 FSB, 6MB L2 cache with "128MB ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO" for video ($1100) [same other specs as #1]
#3 Core 2 Quad Q9300 at 2.5GHz, 1333 FSB, 6MB L2 cache with "256MB ATI Radeon HD3650" for viedo [other specs = 4gig RAM, 640GB 7200 rpm SATA HDD]
All three come with a 24" LCD monitor and other misc stuff that is roughly the same.
My main questions: #1 Is a slower (2.4GHz) quad core for $100 less better than a faster (2.83GHz) dual core? and/or is the slightly faster (2.5GHz) quad core worth the extra $300?
#2 How big of a role does a "dedicated" video card play in compiling video? i.e.: will the quad core option with integrated video suffice? Or is the option with the dual core CPU and a 128MB video card going to give better performance? Or is the quad core at 2.5GHz coupled with the 256MB video card worth the extra $300?
My main computing tasks other than regular stuff (email, documents, web surfing): making video slideshows from still pictures with music (I don't do much camcorder stuff, but might eventually if I had a good system - the one I'm on is just too slow) and recoding video (TV shows from Tivo) and DVD's for use on the iphone or other media.
Any suggestions, even suggestions for other forums to post to, are most appreciated.....