Pentium v AMD in Desktop PC?

  Green Eyes 18:36 27 Feb 2010

Hi, I wonder if I can ask for a spot of advice? I am looking to buy a new desktop PC and the two I have shortlisted have Pentium Duo E5400 2.70GHz and Athlon II 240 2.80GHz processors both with 2MB cache and 2Gb RAM.

I will be using the PC for standard office applications plus the odd download and a lot of surfing (usually with multiple open browsers).

Would I notice any significant difference between the two processors?

Another machine I had my eye on has a slightly lower Pentium Duo E5300 2.60GHz (2Mb cache) and I am also wondering if I would notice any differences between the different Pentiums?

Many thanks in advance for your thoughts!

  Technotiger 18:42 27 Feb 2010

I really doubt that you would notice any significant difference between any of them.

  MarvintheAndroid 19:12 27 Feb 2010


  GANDALF <|:-)> 19:35 27 Feb 2010

No difference between the Pentiums or the Pentium/AMD...go for the cheaper and with the money saved by a memory stick for backups, this will save your life one day.


  Green Eyes 13:40 04 Mar 2010

Thanks for the advice and Gandalf - I started using a memory stick backup some time ago!

  MAT ALAN 15:17 04 Mar 2010
  donki 17:10 04 Mar 2010

On paper the 2 Intels are better, in practice for general usage you wont notice much difference.

What I would say is the AMD is a newer chip which has AMD's latest socket which means that when buying a motherboard it would be better for future upgrades as AMD's newer more pwerful chips are AM3. Also the Athlon II 240 is compatable with DDR3 Ram.

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