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What is the recommended processor for a non-gamer?

by wildj / October 19, 2006 2:10 AM PDT

I've narrowed it down between the E6400 and the E600 (that I can barely squeeze into my budget).

I will be using the new pc for internet, music, dvds, tv, photos and microsoft office.

Thanks in advance for any advice given!

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(NT) (NT) I meant I narrowed it down to the E6400 & the E6600
by wildj / October 19, 2006 2:39 AM PDT
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by Willy / October 19, 2006 4:57 AM PDT

If the system was build for a gamer, pretty much all needs for less demanding tasks will be easily accomindated. The cpu while an important part of the system, it alone needn't be so critial once you get away from non-gaming needs. In your choices buy what is less costy and I'm sure it will fit the bill. The difference is hardly there. Of course the better the cpu, the longer it will serve you as time goes by provided you keep it more than 2yrs. or more. But, it seems even though you're a non-gaming system, you're right up there with the tasks you plan for it though not as stressful as gaming.

tada -----Willy Happy

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by wildj / October 19, 2006 10:08 AM PDT
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Thanks for the advice!

I actually want to keep this new pc for a few years at the very least.

So with that said, I should probably get the E6600 because I would like to avoid upgrading any hardware if I can.

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E 6300
by Scrotes4Life / October 19, 2006 10:08 PM PDT

For your needs, an E6300 should be fine. You don't get much more (performance-wise) from the E6400. Save 40 bucks. If you feel like you really must have an E6600, and can afford it, go for it. Dollar-for-dollar, performance-per-dollar, the E6600 is the best buy of them all.

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There is no "gamer processor"
by william551 / October 20, 2006 6:18 AM PDT

All the processors are the same, whether you game or not. The gaming is the video (and maybe the sound) cards.

Get the fastest processor for your budget.

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And look for a good monitor
by william551 / October 20, 2006 6:23 AM PDT

Too much emphasis is placed on the box. The monitor is what you look at. If you can get a relatively cheap computer with a nice monitor, you've got yourself a system that you'll enjoy. Look for a radiation free LCD. Maybe 21 inch.

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I don't know your budget
by Ray Harinec / October 21, 2006 6:43 AM PDT

but if you can afford the cheapest Conroe chip by Intel. Go for it. It is simply putting Intel back on top, and it is extremely low power [runs cool].

It is also known a Core 2 Duo. Not the same as the Core Duo or the one used in the laptops.

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