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Well the Pent. D is a dual core and the Q8300 is a quad core so I would say the Q8300 would be way beter than the Pent. D . Besides the Q8300 can run a 1333 FSB which means a RAM upgrade might be in order?
Your wife's new PC with the Q8300 is completely compatible the the BD RRW drive, as you said, there's a lot more to it than just comparing the clock speeds. The Q8300 CPU will outperform that Pentium D and the Core 2 Duo E6600 in any benchmark testing. BTW, the E6600's clock speed is 2.4GHz.
The capabilities of the CPU is not the only factor that allows a PC to be Blu-Ray Disk compatible, the video/graphics system of the PC must be up to the task as well. Given that the PC in question is new, it is quite likely it will be able to play BD media, but that is not a given.
Thank you for your helpful response. After one or two small teething problems, unrelated to the processor, we have now managed to get the Blu-Ray Rewriter working. The CyberLink software with the Rewriter also included a handy tool that allowed you to assess whether your computer was BD ready or not.