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Intel Processors

by riznyfrizny / March 27, 2006 9:25 PM PST

I recently assembled a computer on the Dell website. I'm not a computer guy by any means, I just want something I can check email with and download movies and music, maybe games. Right now I'm torn between an Intel Pentium D Dual Core Processor (2.8GHz, 800FSB) or an Intel Pentium 4 HT Processor (3.2GHz, 800FSB) Everyone says that Dual Core is the way to go, but why is the other one $50 more? I obviously want to have the better of the two. Can anyone help me out?

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Go for Dual Core
by balajiviswanath82 / March 28, 2006 7:41 PM PST
In reply to: Intel Processors

If you're a gamer, you might want the 3.2 GHz for more processing power. If you want a more well-rounded system, go for dual core. Several applications are multithreaded and will take advantage of the dual core. This means running more applications at once (and more smoothly), and some software could even run faster. The current Maximum PC magazine states a DVD backup program will run much faster with dual cores.

I recently had the same dilema. After some research, I chose the dual core 2.8 GHz, to be more "future-ready". My new Dell will get here next week, and I can't wait. Hope this helps.

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AMD makes much better dual-cores than Intel
by nathanpsz2 / March 30, 2006 11:19 AM PST
In reply to: Go for Dual Core

Stay away from the Pentium D's; especially the 800-series. The 900-series is better because they have a smaller die, therefore less transistors, and less heat.

Also, Dell loads your hard drive with what's called bloatware, which are like free trials of software and crappy games which you'll never use. They're just there, taking up space and slowing down your system, hence the name.

If you have any interest in PC's, I'd recommend building your own, or having a local geek build it for you.

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