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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

    Jun 25, 2006
    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

    leroys1000 Banned

    Aug 15, 2007
    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.
    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.
  3. dustyjay


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