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Missaglia
08-13-2011, 06:59 AM
I'm currently building a computer for my mum to replace her ancient sempron 1.3ghz build that I put together 6 odd years ago. Now. The choice I've come down to because she doesn't need that much power is the following:

AMD Athlon X2 235e operating @ 2.7ghz

or

Pentium D 940 operating @ 3.2ghz

Now...In terms of performance, one would obviously opt for the faster processor, but in this case I'm more concerned about stability and long term usage - advice fellas?

Hagen242
08-13-2011, 08:20 AM
both are bad choices
The athlon is a "e" great if that is what you must have, but if you do not know you must have it, it is not good.

the Pentium D one is as ancient as the the sempron you have.

No point in paying extra to get less performance.

What are you really trying to do?
Cheapest upgrade?
new low cost build?

Missaglia
08-13-2011, 08:34 AM
both are bad choices
The athlon is a "e" great if that is what you must have, but if you do not know you must have it, it is not good.

the Pentium D one is as ancient as the the sempron you have.

No point in paying extra to get less performance.

What are you really trying to do?
Cheapest upgrade?
new low cost build?

Both. My mum really doesn't need much, and doesn't really have a lot of money to spend where a computer is concerned.

iAlexx
08-13-2011, 08:52 AM
how bout a "cheap" pre build since is the only thing they are good for

PXT263
08-13-2011, 09:17 AM
Cheap prebuilds aren't cheaper than builds you build yourself.

Zodiark1593
08-13-2011, 10:03 AM
Build a nettop using an Intel Atom based board. A higher end dual core Atom will likely match the Pentium D while using only a few watts, and keeping cool. Cost is pretty minimal as well.

Edit: I found this while looking at Intel Atom boards. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R20RLQMpTj4

PS: The dude in that vid is creepy. o_0

Missaglia
08-14-2011, 07:26 AM
would atom processors really take that much punishemnt in a desktop build though?

starlinvf
08-14-2011, 08:13 AM
It depends on what kind of punishment your talking. They all run cool, majority of them are ITX form factors, and are good enough to run Win7 and 1080p playback when paired with the right graphics chip.

Some of them aren't up to high demand multi tasking, but should be able to handle several browser windows, skype, music, IM and maybe even WoW on low. Checking the reviews for the different boards should show if they have any odd performance problems. I would also avoid bigger AV programs like Norton simply because you have less headroom (MS Sec Ess works well enough).

dosbox
08-14-2011, 08:27 AM
I'm currently building a computer for my mum to replace her ancient sempron 1.3ghz build that I put together 6 odd years ago. Now. The choice I've come down to because she doesn't need that much power is the following:

AMD Athlon X2 235e operating @ 2.7ghz

or

Pentium D 940 operating @ 3.2ghz

Now...In terms of performance, one would obviously opt for the faster processor, but in this case I'm more concerned about stability and long term usage - advice fellas?

Whichever is cheapest. The Athlon sips a LOT less power (45W vs 130W) and would therefore run cooler.

I would not recommend a nettop unless you're getting it dirt cheap. Atom CAN run Windows 7, but the integrated video they typically come with has a hard time keeping up with even flash.

Fatimmortal
08-14-2011, 08:44 AM
What about AMD's line of APUs?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813176006 <-This one, for example.

laazrockit
08-14-2011, 01:10 PM
Pentium D's have been garbage since they first came out.

Zodiark1593
08-14-2011, 05:50 PM
Pentium D's have been garbage since they first came out.
The architecture it runs on has been named Netbust for a reason. :p

masta121
08-14-2011, 06:04 PM
What about AMD's line of APUs?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813176006 <-This one, for example.

An APU or low end sandybridge would be ideal in this situation honestly.

kittyy
08-14-2011, 06:05 PM
Get the APU