QUOTEI am not using my PC for gaming but often have numerous programs running simultaneously such as Dreamweaver, Excel, Fireworks, IE, Outlook, etc. Recently I imported a text file into Access which was 30,000 records long with 175 fields and this took maybe 5 minutes (impressed it didn't crash!
. Would a Athlon 64 3000 show me big improvement when doing something like that?
yes it probly do it strate away (if not it be in seconds) as the task of what you just did is mostly CPU load
the AMD64 do not compare to an AMD XP cpu well (the way the amd64 cpu is made is going to way faster then how an AMD XP works)
Gameing > AMD64 5000+ X2 Black (OC 3.2ghz - 1.375v) > TK Big Typoon > Asus M2N32-SLI delux > 2.2gb 4gb Gell ram > NVIDIA 8800 GTX > X-FI
Server > phenom 9500 (OC 2.475ghz 1.3v)> 4gb ram > Asus M3A32-MVP> lots of disk space