I am now using my Quad Core Core 2 Processor (from 2009) with my “new” HP PC from eBay. I like it so far. It’s been quite good, except for the BIOS confusing the Linux kernel w/r/t ACPI (meaning I have to shut off the PC with the power switch, but that’s just a minor thing.) I still have my dual core athlon working hard, but it’s no longer my primary machine. I thought a bit about what version of Linux to put in my Quad, but I settled on the old standby “Mint 17.3”. The funny bit is, I went for the KDE version. I don’t know why (well, I do, considering I was out of DVDs and I had a 17.3 KDE install sitting around from when I fiddled with another laptop problem someone was having). It’s been a slight learning curve, just not as much as I thought it’d be. Surprisingly, KDE still uses the standard paradigms, much more so than Gnome 3. I like them both now. No offense to Fluxbox and XFCE, but I’m doing the KDE/Gnome3 thing now. I love all of them, even Awesome, which I could barely use without multiple tutorials and the odd “aha!” moment.
KDE has some quirks, particularly with respect to the desktops and views. I’ll get the hang of it eventually. And Amarok isn’t really quick with large (800GB) MP3 folders. But I figure the first time it gets through them, it’ll be okay. I really shouldn’t have so much music, but I guess I’ve got a short attention span. 🙂
I tried to share my music over the LAN with my dual core, but I couldn’t quite muster it. I have the HP plugged into the Lepai amp and speakers, with the subwoofer still on the Athlon. I don’t think I’ll ever swap them, and I have had better luck using my Windows machine with headphones. 🙂 I only play games on it anyway.
I will never return to Windows, and when this one goes the way of the dodo, I won’t even put it on the lan, preferring to play the games “offline” (which is why I spend money on Gog and not steam….) I know that in the future, the games will become dependent upon my internet connection, but microsoft will kill of Windows 8 quicker than later, so like my XP machine, it’ll be off the lan (and in the case of my XP machine, off for good.)
So far, it’s a good fit. It’s fast enough and it’s not bogged down with copying and disk usage like the old dual core was. I enjoy it… and just remembered: I’m not 100% AMD anymore. Man, I feel like a traitor. 🙂