Well I think the reason that he said it would function like a quad core is Because the i-series has two processing threads that operate on each core where as your quad core only has one per core. So 2x2=4 and 1x4=4 so in that regard it would "act like a quad-core". Hmm, I don't know I'm a large fan of the i-series of processors I think they operate very well and are rather speedy. The extra little boast in clock speed is nice as well 2.5ghz on your quad core bumped up to 2.93ghz on the i3 if that will have any impact on what you do with it or not is hard to say. Poker isn't very intensive to run and you already have four threads in your current system. By poker I'll assume you mean online? I would think in terms of wanting no lag It should be more impacted by your internet connection because it seems your system should be more then capable of playing some poker on it.
Whats making you consider a new system? Is your current system slow because maybe a good system scrub(getting rid of old useless programs and hdd defraging and such) and case cleaning would return your computer to it old, surely snappy self. Oh, also just curious What OS are you running?
Edited by Barajiqal, 26 August 2010 - 11:56 AM.