Don't worry about that. Only a single core is used, however the architecture of the core 2 is such an immense improvement over the horrendous P4 that it is much faster even running single core. It's faster, runs cooler, uses lesspower, and they're excellent overclockers.
I read that FS9 doesn't support multi-core processors for instance.
mobo --- $90 to 115 --- any good socket 775 that supports core 2 duo and quad (for future upgrade if you want quad later) ddr3 support might be best too but ddr2 support is fine. The Asus P5Q series is pretty popular. Obviously get the model configured for your exact needs. Don't pay for features you don't need.
cpu ---- $ 160 --- E8500 or 8400
gpu ---- $100 --- 9800gt
ram ---- $75 to 95 --- 4GB kit ddr2-1066 (pc8500) you should be able to get 4GB kits for this price. OCZ, G Skill, Patriot, many performace brands in this price range. Get a 2GB kit if you have Windows XP x86.
PSU --- $75 to 90 --- OCZ are a great choice. Fair price too. Whatever brand you choose, look for NON modular cable systems.
That's between $450 and 600 max. These are US prices though. Components in the performance range of those listed above would eat FS9 for lunch.
So true!!!! I hate those.
The thing I honestly find the most complicated and burdensome is installing those little darn cables for the case power switch, Hard drive LED, reset switch, etc! I hate them and you will too!
I agree with everything you posted ricardo except I would highly recommend an 8800GTS 512mb over the 9600GT.
Last edited by kc10; 09-17-2009 at 10:18 PM.
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