So far I've found that 2ghz or better is fast enough for most all things and has been for the past few years.
RAM and Graphics have been the bottlenecks for some time.
My advice is to get the CPU speed that's in the sweet spot. Normally there is a list of speeds and there is a huge jump at one point. Get the one just below the jump.
That said Intel has come out with a new CPU that supports higher front side buss speeds. That chipset is worth getting as the faster RAM access will make a difference.
I'm looking to get a new laptop, something to replace my way too old Dell desktop. Right now I'm debating between the HP dv5t and the Dell Studio 15 or Inspiron 1525.
I've narrowed down what I really want (and can afford) for everything except the processor. I know that faster is better and that I should get as much computer as I can afford but how much do I really need?
The hp has a Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 (2.53 GHz)
The Dell's have either a Intel Core 2 Duo T5850 (2.16 GHz) or an Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 (2.4 GHz).
Will the 2.16 GHz T5850 suffice? Or should I go for the faster processor?
Any thoughts would be appreciated...