This morning as I wandered around the Internet I spotted an article about AMD and its new 6 core processor that it will soon be introducing. While thinking about the merits of a 6 core vs a 4 or 2 core, I thought back on days gone by when 8 MB of RAM and a 33 MHz processor was cutting edge. I also thought about the system I am sitting at with its dual core processor and 3 GB of RAM and sat in wonder on how far we have come. But my thoughts also included these.

A faster CPU, more RAM, or a faster HD — when it comes to computing power, which is most important and does it really matter? I already know the answer to my own question. It is all of this hardware working together that produces the raw power of any PC. So than the question is, does it really matter? I am not talking about someone who needs the extra power to run video editing, high power games, and professional multi-tasking applications.

I am talking about you, me, and the average person. Personally I prefer a fast Internet connection, since I spend a lot of time on the Net. With Facebook accounting for some 400 million users, and being touted as the new Internet, do we really need more powerful machines for the average consumer? I think not. In fact the PC is becoming slowly obsolete and the next wave of what we consider computers will be tablets and phones. No, the PC is not going to die overnight, since businesses will still use them. But for the average Joe or Jane, a high Internet connection will be more important than minor improvements in CPU speed ever will.

Just my two cents. What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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