[QUOTE=jcusimano2;2124037]Yeah I think I see what you mean so basically if I lets say ran the 3dmark06 cpu test only with everything on stock on the E8500 and then on the Q6600 is the E8500 going to get more points even though the quad core is processing more at once???[/QUOTE]
It isn’t quite that simple. Most benckmarks are written to take advantage of quad core processors so they may not reflect what you will see with many real world programs that are optimized for dual core CPUs. For programs written for dual cores only, the much higher clocked CPU will perform better unless you multitask a lot. The E8500 has shown itself to be a fantastic over clocker and at 4.0+ ghz it is a screamer. A Q6600 can’t get near it in raw ghz speed. Even with programs that are optimized for quad cores the potential 1.0 ghz speed advantage of the OC’ed E8500 will put a big dent even in that advantage. What is best for you depends on how much you multitask and whether the programs you use are written to take advantage of quad core CPUs.
[QUOTE=jcusimano2;2124038]Oh by the way I am going with xp for sure but do I have to have pro to utilize the multiple cores?? or can home handle this see I already have a copy of home but I don’t want my os to hold me back[/QUOTE]
You shouldn’t have any issues running XP Home or Pro regarding the dual or quad core CPUs.