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Windows 7: The Processor Dual

20 Dec 2014   #1
leehop71

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
The Processor Dual

Thanks to the advice here, I got a Kingston 120G for $54.00 at Tigerdirect and it is amazing, to say the least.

My next quest is the processor.

I am NOT a gamer, I do not do any video editing, just watch streams online, I don't do a lot of multitasking, mainly browse, email, invoices and paperwork, faxing (I have a small business), etc.

I definitely want to get a quad core, and my question is, with what I've described, wouldn't an AMD suit my needs quite nicely, as opposed to paying out the extra money for Intel?

Thanks in advance.


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20 Dec 2014   #2
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Well; to be honest; Ive always thought Intel processors are better quality. Some of my dad's friends have bought computers with amd processors in the past and have had issues with them. Dont know what those issues were; but thats just one of the reasons if it were me i would stick with Intel. From what it sounds like; you would be good with a Intel I5 processor. But if you really want to pay less for not as good quality thats up to you. Im just saying i think intel is better in the long run.
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20 Dec 2014   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I would question the benefits of upgrading to a quad core CPU. More cores won't help much unless the software you are using can benefit from them. The software mentioned doesn't likely to do so.

There are many opinions regarding Intel and AMD. Each side has strong and vocal supporters but not all reasons given are rational.

Be aware that Intel and AMD CPUs are not interchangeable. You must use whichever your motherboard is designed for.
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20 Dec 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. Given your application scenario, I see no reason for you to upgrade the CPU

2. For what you are doing, a quad may be slower than a fast duo core. Matter of GHz

3. You can only upgrade what fits into the socket on your mobo and the Wattage must be the same. Especially AMDs have a wide spread of Wattage. You cannot put a 100 Watt CPU on a 65 Watt mobo.
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20 Dec 2014   #5
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Quote:
Be aware that Intel and AMD CPUs are not interchangeable. You must use whichever your motherboard is designed for
Yep, the interchangeability of Intel and AMD CPUs diverged back in the latter half of the '90s. As I recall, before that the two brands of 80486 CPUs could be used in the same socket with quite a few jumper settings to set them up. Because Intel wasn't allowed to trademark 80586/586 [can't trademark a number by itself] they named their new CPUs as Pentium.
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20 Dec 2014   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Could you complete this tutorial by Brink so we know what you have now?

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20 Dec 2014   #7
leehop71

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I'm sorry all, I would be purchasing a new pc. We've never had a new one, and the wife would like one.

What I currently have is an old refurbished HP.

Kingston 120G SSD
4G RAM
Windows 7 Pro
Pentium 4 3.4ghz
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20 Dec 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Well, if you buy a new PC, you have all the options. But I would not go overboard. None of the applications you listed need a lot of CPU power. The 3.4GHz Pentium you have right now is probably doing a good job. If you get e.g. a 1.8GHz quad core, you would probably be disappointed regarding performance.

Recently they were selling laptops with AMD A8s for reasonable prices. That is a good quad - combined with a SSD it should give you what you want.

Else you can go for an Intel i5. That is more expensive but not really any better - see here.

I recently got this one on sale for $400. Nice 17" laptop. I will add the SSD in the CD-Rom slot. I am still looking for a caddy that fits.
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20 Dec 2014   #9
leehop71

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Well, if you buy a new PC, you have all the options. But I would not go overboard. None of the applications you listed need a lot of CPU power. The 3.4GHz Pentium you have right now is probably doing a good job. If you get e.g. a 1.8GHz quad core, you would probably be disappointed regarding performance.

Recently they were selling laptops with AMD A8s for reasonable prices. That is a good quad - combined with a SSD it should give you what you want.

Else you can go for an Intel i5. That is more expensive but not really any better - see here.

I recently got this one on sale for $400. Nice 17" laptop. I will add the SSD in the CD-Rom slot. I am still looking for a caddy that fits.
My wife just wants a new one, because she's never had a new one, all refurbished, or used.

I would be taking the HD out of the new one, and putting it in my HP, selling the HP locally.

I would take the Kingston from the HP, put it in the new PC.

Since I have a Pentium 4 3.4ghz and 4G of RAM, I really see no need for extra RAM, but I'd like to get a newer processor. I'm thinking a dual core AMD, since it is consensus that I wouldn't benefit from a quad core with what she does on this pc, or maybe an Intel i3?
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20 Dec 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

What about this one. For $356 it is a pretty good deal.

Amazon.com : Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5351 15.6-Inch Laptop : Computers & Accessories

The A8 would be a lot better than an i3.
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