First post, by mr_bigmouth_502
Right now I'm using a Pentium Dual Core E6300 overclocked to 3.98GHz, and I've been thinking a lot about throwing a better CPU in this thing, since the CPU I have almost suits my needs, and I don't quite want to shell out for a whole new platform just yet. I've heard tons of great things about the Core 2 Qud Q6600, though the one thing I've noticed about it is its lack of SSE4. SSE4 is offered in some of the other Core 2 processors, but the only reasonably priced ones tend to be dual cores.
Now, if I wanted to increase my performance in PCSX2 (a Playstation 2 emulator) and Dolphin (a Gamecube/Wii emulator), what would win out; having more cores, or having SSE4? I'd suspect having more cores, but I don't 100% know for sure.
I know I really should upgrade to a newer CPU platform some time if I'm serious about using CPU-intensive emulators, but what I currently have almost meets all of my other requirements, and simply picking up a used LGA775 CPU would be much cheaper for me than investing in a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM.