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Hardware, Embedded Systems It this post offers a walkthrough of the building of a powerful, yet affordable workstation. Each of the parts was carefully chosen and the build was extensively detailed. There were some problems, but those were worked around and the end result was an impressive 64-bit workhorse.
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yes, not everything can be parallelized... so what.

1-2 core for the OS (Vista anyone?!).
1 for my HD encryption
1 for the virus scanner in the back ground
1-2 for open apps, although idle WHILE I AM GAMING, which takes at least another 2 cores.

An OS that occupies 2 cpu cores on its own is ridiculously bloated and totally unsuitable for gaming and virtually anything else for that matter...
HD encryption can be handled far more effectively by a dedicated processor build in to the drive or controller.. Do you even need to encrypt the drive if your just playing games? And if your machine is just a toy for general gaming/browsing/etc it really shouldn't be used for business purposes as well.
Virus scanners are a kludge and really shouldn't be there at all.
Idle apps should be just that - idle, you just need ram to keep them open, or disk space for them to get swapped out to, the presence of background apps shouldn't affect your games unless you have insufficient ram.

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