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Which CPU chip should I buy or doesn't it really matter anyway?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Tom Seeley, Dec 6, 2010.

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  1. Tom Seeley

    Tom Seeley Thread Starter

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    I'm feeling like buying myself a present: a new desktop puter.

    The config I use now is shown below my message. I only do Word, Excel, email, basic printing, and general web surfing. I don't game; I don't download music or movies; I don't even WATCH movies on the desktop unit; I don't edit pictures; I don't ever intend to connect the desktop unit to the TV; I don't (at the moment) intend to install a wireless LAN in the home (an Ethernet connection to my modem is all I need); I don't even NEED sound! So I'm pretty vanilla in what I need and what I do with it.

    I'm leaning toward an HPE Pavilion Elite 410 unit that I could get off the shelf at Staples with an AMD Phenom II 1045T six-core cpu, or from HP online for exactly the same price but with an Intel i5-760 quad-core (w 2 GHz, 1MB L2, and 8MB shared cache) whatever all that means! Should I strongly prefer one of these or doesn't it really matter?
     
  2. leroys1000

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    Those are both pretty much overkill for what you do.
    A decent dual core system would probably be more than you need.
    Might check through some of these on sale and see if you can
    save your self some money.
    http://www.dealighted.com/?search=desktop&sa.x=70&sa.y=26
    Make sure it comes with a monitor.
    There is a single core emachines that would probably do what you want,
    but I don't think it comes with a monitor.
     
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