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Which CPU?

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by acronwood, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. acronwood

    acronwood Member

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    Hello All...

    I'm in the process of building a home office PC for the girlfriend. I've got all the components lined up and trying to make a choice between the following processors.

    Pentium 4 631 Cedar Mill 3.0Ghz, Intel Pentium 4 640 Prescott 3.2GHz or Intel Dual-Core E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz.

    These 3 processors are in my price range.

    Any recommendations? Any experience with the above?

    Keep in mind this PC will be solely for home office use and no gaming. Maybe the only game being played would be The Sims.

    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. Zer0ink

    Zer0ink Regular member

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    E2180 wont heat up the room as much and the quality of the dual will be felt
     
  3. acronwood

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    So the low-end Dual-Core would outperform a Prescott 3.2Ghz?

    Heat is not a concern...
     
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    I'm lost what the hell are you talking about?
     
  6. sammorris

    sammorris Senior member

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    I'll make it nice and simple. Buy the E2180. There's no question about it, it's a ten times better CPU.
     
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    Dual Core is always better than single core...
     
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    And not just any dual core either, the E2180 is much better than the dual core Pentiums of old.
     
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    yeah newer technology is better...

    @sammorris how do i view your computer Specs in your profile
     
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    So the E2180 Allendale should suffice?
     
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    What's the difference betweed "Dual-Core" and "Core 2 Duo"?
     
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    they're the same thing, just stated differently
     
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    Not necessarily. The Pentium Ds were also duel core, but a Core 2 Duo would kick a Pentium Ds ass in any benchmark. Pentium D is older technology. The C2Ds have way better architecture and therefore can out perform a Pentium D any day.
     
  14. sammorris

    sammorris Senior member

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    No, dual core is a type of processor, implying it is like having two CPUs in one (barring a few technical differences inside). Core 2 Duo is a model of processor, just one of many such examples.
     
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    once again, you learn something new on aD. and in plain english.
     
  16. sammorris

    sammorris Senior member

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    Lol I do my best... I used to think Hypertransport was the same as Hyperthreading... lol. How far I've come on those two years!
     
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    P.S. Don't go cheap on the CPU Fan! makes all the difference no matter what CPU you choose. And by the way the CPU i prefered blows the other CPUs away by Proformance and Price! Check the specs
     
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    A D925? Please tell me you're joking. For $14 more you can buy an E2140. At least 20% faster and uses HALF as much power.
     
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    Are you serious? Lets see the Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2140 1.6GHz 800MHz 1MB S775 CPU vs. Intel Pentium D 925 3.0GHz 800MHz 4MB Skt 775 Dual Core CPU....Yea the Core2 Runs cooler but thats the only advantage it has and that can be solved with a good CPU fan which you should have anywayz. So now lets compare 3.0Ghz vs. 1.6Ghz, 1MB vs. 4MB (the Pentium has 2MB per core), both dual core and buth 800Mhz front side bus, Pentium Cost less. What are you gonna choose?
     

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