Alec we will have to stop meeting like this!........
"Get a gaming console.".....why? will it send and receive e mail for me?....burn DVD's or CD's for me I wont go on....u take my point. I think you and I may be a slightly older generation than many on here, in the UK, 90% of all male PC users (in the home) under the age of 25 use a PC almost exclusively for gaming and for gaming currently L2 Cache or dual core processors make litttle difference especially when taken into account with the average higher costs.
In fact in many cases a dual core processor running at the same speed as a single core will be slower in a game. I know you programme and do various other stuff, I do a little video editing and number crunching but game some too and I like the fact that I can edit some Video and watch a dvd in a window at the same time for example (hence I have a x2)....but the majority will not be interested in that I think.
Edit: "it IS the game design of the future, & folks here and elsewhere talk a lot about "future proofing" themselves?"
Yes of course but who buys the tyres before they have bought the car? To use one or two games as a reason a gamer should buy a dual core TODAY TBH is not an arguement, he should buy it tomorrow when there are 50 games and the CPU is 50% of the price, just look how much dual cores have come down in price in the last 6 weeks alone! I bet you could almost get 2 of yours today for the price you paid and how many games will really fully utilise it?