Hi, question on benefits of upgrading to a faster cpu chip for a non gamer. I'm currently running a 7 year old homebrew P4 2.8, 512Meg, 2G, PC2700 DDR333 on an Asus P4GE-V w Nvidea Gforce 7300GT system overclocked to 3.2GHz and it's getting the job done. I'm not a gamer, but want fast response and do a little video crunching and DVD copying. Would it be cost effective to upgrade to a multi core chip assuming that I keep all my really old software which includes Office 2003, Nero 7 and other ancient s/w that's not written for a multicore cpu. The only multicore app I run might be Firefox, IE8 and Picasa 3, assuming they are multicore compliant.
Maybe it would make more sense to build a new system around the fastest single core P4 or AMD chip available? I realize that simply moving to a state of the art mobo with SATA drives and a modern chipset would also contribute to throughput gain.