Is it worth £100 difference

  ed15jd 12:09 16 Jun 2007

My mother in law wants to purchase a PC from (PC World) !!! There's 2 that she is considering, personally I would go for the 2nd option, cold any body help is there a huge difference in the chips as that I assume is the only real difference between the 2 product? And an extra 2MB cache (which was fun explaining what that was to her)

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Option 1- £349
• Intel Pentium 4 641 Processor
• 3.2GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB Cache
• Genuine Windows Vista(TM) Premium
• 1024MB RAM
• 160GB Hard Drive
• Dual Layer DVD ReWriter Drive
• ATI Xpress 1100 Graphics
• 8-In-1 Media Card Reader
• 6 USB connections
• 19" Widescreen LG TFT Monitor

Option 2- £449
• Intel Pentium D Processor 925
• 3GHz, 800MHz FSB, 4MB Cache
• Genuine Windows Vista(TM) Home Premium
• 1024MB RAM Memory
• 160GB Hard Drive
• Dual Layer DVD RW with Lightscribe
• Intel GMA 950 Graphics
• 15-in-1 Media Card Reader
• 4 USB Connections
• 19" Widescreen LG TFT Monitor

  Strawballs 12:12 16 Jun 2007

Depending on what you mother in law will be using it for will she even notice the difference.

  ed15jd 12:16 16 Jun 2007

That was my initial thought but she keeps on about longevity

  SANTOS7 12:17 16 Jun 2007

Option 1 for me, you are not going to notice any diference what so ever in the speed or performance of the CPU's so save yourself the £100 and spend it on something else...

  Strawballs 12:20 16 Jun 2007

Unless she is going to start doing a lot more resource hungry aplications in the future they will both last as long as each other!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:34 16 Jun 2007

Effectively £100 for light scibe and to beale to read 7 more cards.

Go for the cheaper one.

  spuds 13:24 16 Jun 2007

Option 1 and use the £100.00 on a new printer or further additions.

Check what PCW will supply in regards to software, as some of it may be trial or lite version.

  Totally-braindead 13:45 16 Jun 2007

I presume your mum in law isn't going to into games. If she was then I would look and see what the 2 systems come with in the way of graphics card slots.
Its probably not an option for her if shes anything like my mum so I too would go with the cheaper one and I would perhaps buy an external hard drive and Acronis drive image so I could make a backup, or as has been said get a printer. Do check if you get a printer that the cartridges are reasonably priced as some cost as much to get a set of carts as it does to buy a new printer.
In real time I doubt whether the 2 systems will be more than a fraction of second different in speed so theres another reason to go for the cheaper one.

  Quiet Life 13:48 16 Jun 2007

Difficult to understand the price differential. The D925 is a dual core processor that offers better performance especially when doing two operations but it is very little dearer than the 641. The price differential between the ATI and Intel chipset motherboards will again be minimal.
The cheaper machine on the face of it does seem to be better value. The dearer machine must have some other extras eg software ,wireless LAN etc to account for the £100.

  ed15jd 17:51 16 Jun 2007

Thanks all very much appreciated.

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