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Old 02-25-2009, 01:14 PM   #1
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Need help from a computer guru

Well, I am getting tired of my old 2.4ghz celeron single core processor computer that I have had for the last 6 years. It's getting tired and worn out and I just don't feel like messing with it anymore. I'm looking at getting a Dell refurb (cheap!) and I saw that the same computer line had the Dual Core E5200 chipset or the Core 2 Duo... WTF is the difference between Dual Core and Core 2 Duo?

Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but I do you know quite a bit about computers and couldn't help but scratch my head on this one. Is one better than the other?
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Core 2 is the next generation of intel core processors. Duo means its dual core.
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:45 PM   #3
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lots of processing power from both of them but if your not really into high demand from the cpu, then stick with the cheaper option, you wont benefit much especially if your just browsing the www
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this belongs in off topic.
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Core2Duo is a dual core.

Dual core does not mean Core2Duo.

The E5200 is a Dual Core Chip, but it is Pentium 4 Technology (4 year old tech).

You would see better performance out of an actual Core2Duo.

Really depends on what you do with it. If most of what you do is forums and e-mail. I'd save the cash and go w/ the cheaper of the two.
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This is what I ended up getting since someone stole the one I wanted by the time I clicked "add to cart"...

Studio - 540

Intel Core 2 Quad processor Q8200 (4MB L2, 2.33GHZ, 1333FSB)
Windows Vista Home Premium - 64BIT
Microsoft Works 9.0

Memory: 6GB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz

Hard Drive: 320GB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)

Video Card: 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3450 supporting HDMI

Modem: 56Kbps Data/Fax Modem

Media Bay: 16X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability


.... definitely not bad for $400.

I made myself sound like less of a geek than what I am, but I enjoy occasional gaming and lots of multimedia use (music, movies, pictures, editing, etc.). I would love to build my own computer with a setup similar to this (and then some), but I couldn't do it for that low of a cost (including a legal OS). The last 6 months though I have been too busy to let the geek in me indulge so I am not completely up to date with what tech is good, better, best (besides the obvious). The goal for this computer is to last me another 6 years like my 2.4ghz celeron (POS) has and then some. Thanks for the quick responses.
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