[ubuntu-uk] New computer nightmare!

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Fri Mar 14 23:46:39 GMT 2008

Steve Cook wrote:
> I most admit they are getting quite cheap, to the point where it's very
> hard not be able to justify them.
> steve

Yep, the Pentium Dual-Core chips are pretty good value for the money, 
they're plenty fast enough for most desktop needs, I wouldn't have 
thought a normal user (maybe someone who browses the web, does a bit of 
OOo and e-mail) would need anything more than one of them.  I got one 
for my PC and it a lot faster than my old Athlon 64 3000+.  The one 
thing I can't get my head around though is scaling on the CPUs.  I've 
noticed in top that some programs run at over 100% (I think java at one 
point was running at 253%), so I presume that it runs everything from 
one CPU and just spreads the load when one CPU core is maxed out, 
although I'm probably wrong about it :-)


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