I thought facebook games used a decent amount of CPU? Even if you dont use the CPU 24 / 7 why does it matter if its a little overkill. I think desktops are for multi use. If its used for only word / browsing then it should be called something else. I checked with google hehe and its called a NETTOP.. what you guys are describing is not a desktop most people use desktops for some sort of games or other task. Even if its a flash game and sure they dont have to be more powerful than a nettop but people love snappy fast computers just look at how much people spend on phones. Why is a 600$ cpu expensive when you buy a 900$ cellphone?I wouldn't recommend dual cores to my friends, but grannies Facebook computer really doesn't need more than 2C/4T.
When you think about it, the average web/productivity/media consumption of most people doesn't need more than that.
I paid attention to what taxes my computer. To make any kind of CPU usage dent, even in my ancient C2Q, it's still really only Gaming or Video encoding that taxes more than two cores. The rest of the time I could probably be a on 2C/4T machine and not notice the difference.
Obviously people with more specialized uses can use more cores, but it probably isn't most people.
If you dont want a fast computer then dont buy one. Why should there only be one price point for everyone? Seems like a silly question.
And if the price of cpu's are all the same would the answer be the same?