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  1. TNARNG08

    TNARNG08 Thread Starter

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    I am trying to decide between a I-5 12 mb ddr3 or dual core quad 8 mb ddr3 desktop system. The 1-5 has wireless but he quad does not. So I would have to buy a usb dongle. I am concern about the connection for the usb dongle. My computer will be located in room upstairs directly above my router. There would be a $60 savings if I get the quad core plus a $100 usb dongle verse the getting the I-5 wireless computer. I do not game but do research, and multi-tasking with Microsoft office.
     
  2. etaf

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    maybe worth comparing the CPU bench mark performance
    you need the exact CPU model
    i5 comes in a few different versions
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php

    The quad core may be a lot slower or cheaper CPU and hence the saving

    Also as you say a USB adapter may not be as good as a PCI adapter
    it would very much depend on the quality of the signal where the actual aerial will be located
    Do you have any other PCs - you could test the signal in that location using xirrus program

    Not sure what country you are in - but $100 seems a lot for a wireless USB adapter - they are only a few quid in the UK
     
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    it would be easier to check the WIFI signal strength on the second floor with a Smart Phone---
    Android or Apple----just go where U want to put the computer & look on the phones WIFI page--
    see if it detects the WIFI signal from your router & the signal strength.
    if it shows full strength on the phones wifi meter then you should have plenty of signal to run your computer
    in that location with either a PCI card or Dongle--which ever you choose
     
  4. TNARNG08

    TNARNG08 Thread Starter

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    Dell Inspiron 3847 I-5 4440 12 GB DDR 3, 1 TB hard drive wireless
    Dell OptiPlex 780 Desktop SFF Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66 ghz, 8 GB DDR3 250 GB
    from what I was reading to get best signal you needed to get a good usb yea they run from $16 to over $100
     
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    TNARNG08 Thread Starter

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    I check the signal with my phone signal is very strong upstairs same as by the router downstairs.
    I multi task doing research and using office programs for my job and home. Will the 12 mg make a difference over the 8 mg. I listed both computers in my response to the first response to my post.
     
  6. TNARNG08

    TNARNG08 Thread Starter

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    ok I compared the benchmarks the I5 came out far better thanks
     
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    The 3847 is a more modern and faster desktop and has a full-size case, so that would be my choice. (y)

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  8. TNARNG08

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    Yes I ordered it last night thanks for the confirmation.
     
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