Quote: Originally Posted by Duzzy
lower numbered E series are cheap enough and couldn't be any slower than the 1.66Ghz that was in there.
I would aim for a Core 2 Duo E8000 or E7000 series because they include SSE4 and if there's a chance you'll want to run a 64bit OS in a virtual PC then make sure it has Intel's Virtualization Technology.
I'm not sure how much difference SSE4 will make but I do remember seeing a benchmark between my CPU the E5200 and the E8500 for video encoding and the E8500 at stock (3.3GHz) was still faster than the E5200 overclocked at 4GHz. Granted the E5200 is a Intel Pentium Processor but it was stated that the slower benchmark was due to the lack of SSE4.
Thanks Duzzy it was the lowest speed core that was in the machine to begin with and I just happened to have a 1.8Ghz one lying around and couple with doubling the RAM (1GB) the difference was noticeable straight away which even the extra RAM didn't have with the 1.6Ghz core in.
Now I have seen some reasonably priced ones on Ebay and as she doesn't have a great expendable income I thought I would get something in the 2.5Ghz range and maybe 2GB RAM which is only going to set her back $80 all up. I don't mind doing this for nothing as the techs in town are outrageously priced for labour. What was throwing me was the difference between what were called dual core and core duo - seems to be a very confusing (for me at least) thing to do.
Thanks to Deacon too I have pulled up the site for the machine (Dell Inspiron) which has a Foxconn G33M02 board but the site and eHOW gives me a plethora of different 775 socket cores that it can use hence my ever increasing confusion in which or what I could use
But anyway thanks to everyones help I think I know now how to fix this up