Advice on processors please

  rosie12 18:01 01 Feb 2006
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Hi, Can you please tell me which would computer processor is the better one, I know nothing about them....

Intel® Celeron® D Processor 335 (2.80GHz, 533FSB, 256kB cache)

Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 630 with HT Technology (3.00 GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB)


Thanks

  Diodorus Siculus 18:07 01 Feb 2006

[quote]Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 630 with HT Technology (3.00 GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB)[/quote]

By far a better one on paper.

All depends on what you want it for though. Irrespecitve of that, I'd go for the second one.

  Diodorus Siculus 18:07 01 Feb 2006

When I say it depends on what you want it for, I mean whether or not you will notice a great difference in performance.

  rosie12 18:15 01 Feb 2006

Hi, I dont use my comp for gaming but I do use it a lot for running several progs at once, e.g. Internet, Word, Outlook, CD drive dvd drive...and probably a couple more.....

  Totally-braindead 18:22 01 Feb 2006

Agree with Diodorus Siculus the second processor is by far the best but it will also be more expensive, to be honest for what you say you use it for I don't think you'd notice the difference.
I'm not up on the Intel chips as I prefer AMD but if these 2 chips take different sockets they will need different motherboards, regardless of which they will also need different memory. Celerons are "cut down" Pentiums the same as Semprons are "cut down" Athlons. They are budget chips cheaper and slower.

  Skills 18:24 01 Feb 2006

I go for the pentium any day over a celeron but as has been said there will be a price difference.

  rosie12 18:31 01 Feb 2006

Yes the price differance is a starting price of the Dell 1100 and the Dell dimension 5130, one starts at 289 and thge other 489?

  woodchip 18:41 01 Feb 2006

AMD64

  Totally-braindead 18:47 01 Feb 2006

There you are you see but there are other differences that may be of more importance, the 1100 cannot take a graphics card its onboard graphics only, the 5150 which is what I think you mean as I couldn't find a 5130, comes with a basic PCI Express graphics card which you could upgrade later plus has twice the memory and look at the warranty as well, its different.
I was asked by a friend to recommend a cheap PC for his mother, they were looking at the 1100 and the 3100. I ended up recommending to her the 1100 with the 15" TFT and upgrading the warranty to one year on site. Total cost £304. I also suggested she may want to upgrade the memory later on, checked out Crucial and they were just under £20, the same from Dell was I think about £70.
Now I know this woman and I know what she uses her existing computer for, word processing, perhaps a spreadsheet, surfing the internet etc and this PC will be fine for her. But in general I would not recommend to people to get a PC that the graphics cannot be upgraded on as many of them will later on see a game they wish to play and discover that they can't.

  Skills 18:48 01 Feb 2006

Have not used mesh myself but

FREE Upgrade to 19" TFT
AMD Athlon™ 64 3200+ Processor
Genuine Windows® XP Home
ASUS A8N_VM PCI- X Mainboard
512MB DDR400 Memory
160GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
128MB GeForce 6100 Graphics
19" DVI Flat Panel TFT Display
Sony 16x Dual Layer DVD Writer
5.1 Channel Surround Sound Audio
Logitech Desktop KB & Optical Mouse
Classic Warranty-3Years parts & lab.

For £499 click here

  Skills 18:57 01 Feb 2006

Or also MESH but a P4 unit

Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 630 with
HT Tech.(3.0GHz , 2MB Cache, 800MHz)
Genuine Windows® XP Home
ASUS P5RD1-VM Mainboard
512MB DDR 400 Memory
160GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
ATI Radeon X300 Integrated Graphics
17" TFT Flat Panel Display
Sony 52x CD-RW/16x DVD (Combo)
7.1 Channel Surround Sound Audio
Logitech Desktop KB & Optical Mouse
Classic Warranty-3Years parts & lab.

Also £499 click here

From what I can see from the mesh website both of them have the option to upgrade to a better graphics card in the future.

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