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P4 2.0 GHZ vs. Core 2 Duo 2.13 OR 2.4 GHZ

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September 15, 2006 8:06:24 PM

I'm upgrading from my old Dell (2 GHZ, 1G pc2100 Ram, 6800GS) , and I was wanting to know if anybody had any kind of specifics on how much better a new system with:
2GB 533 Ram
cheap mobo (ASRock 775Dual-VSTA)
either E6400 or E6600 would run.
I just downloaded iTunes 7.0, and it is raping my computer. They quadurpled the quality of their video, and my system can't handle it anymore. I work with illustrator cs2 a lot, usually no trouble, but multitasking is really no longer possible. Any stats out there to compare ALL of these? I'm trying to decide between an E6400 and E6600, wondering if 4mb and .27GHZ is worth it.
BTW, my mobo won't let me overclock by much. (~297 fsb)

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September 15, 2006 8:55:32 PM

Even if you got the cheapest C2D it would make your computer experience positive again. They all walk up and down on your current setup.
September 15, 2006 8:58:44 PM

Go after E6600, it is worth for the money, plus it ovecloks more.
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September 15, 2006 8:59:18 PM

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I'm upgrading from my old Dell (2 GHZ, 1G pc2100 Ram, 6800GS) , and I was wanting to know if anybody had any kind of specifics on how much better a new system with:
2GB 533 Ram
cheap mobo (ASRock 775Dual-VSTA)
either E6400 or E6600 would run.
I just downloaded iTunes 7.0, and it is raping my computer. They quadurpled the quality of their video, and my system can't handle it anymore. I work with illustrator cs2 a lot, usually no trouble, but multitasking is really no longer possible. Any stats out there to compare ALL of these? I'm trying to decide between an E6400 and E6600, wondering if 4mb and .27GHZ is worth it.
BTW, my mobo won't let me overclock by much. (~297 fsb)


I am also going to try the ASRock 775-VSTA board. I have it in my living room right now. Just waiting for my E6400 (arrives Monday).

As for your question about E6400 or E6600...well, if you have the money, get the E6600, if not, the E6400 will be just fine, IMO. Get the E6400 and use the extra money on a good video card.

And yes, like K8MAN said, any Core 2 setup will pretty much outpace your current setup
September 15, 2006 9:13:07 PM

It will perform 2-2.5 times better. (for intersive apps of course; don't expect any marvels browsing the web)
September 15, 2006 9:28:34 PM

I'd suggest a 6300, if the only thing your computer is having problems with is iTunes then anything more expensive is overkill.
September 15, 2006 9:32:33 PM

JUST BOUGHT AN E6600. ZipZoomFly $1.99 2-day Fedex sealed the deal.
September 15, 2006 9:40:58 PM

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It will perform 2-2.5 times better. (for intersive apps of course; don't expect any marvels browsing the web)

you mean 4-5 times?
September 15, 2006 9:57:19 PM

dang it, i was gonna recommend a 6300 too...

no need for anything much higher for your usage on the computer
September 16, 2006 7:36:03 AM

Quote:
I'm upgrading from my old Dell (2 GHZ, 1G pc2100 Ram, 6800GS) , and I was wanting to know if anybody had any kind of specifics on how much better a new system with:
2GB 533 Ram
cheap mobo (ASRock 775Dual-VSTA)
either E6400 or E6600 would run.
I just downloaded iTunes 7.0, and it is raping my computer. They quadurpled the quality of their video, and my system can't handle it anymore. I work with illustrator cs2 a lot, usually no trouble, but multitasking is really no longer possible. Any stats out there to compare ALL of these? I'm trying to decide between an E6400 and E6600, wondering if 4mb and .27GHZ is worth it.
BTW, my mobo won't let me overclock by much. (~297 fsb)


Get the Core 2 Dual. You will never regret. :D 
September 16, 2006 8:28:50 AM

As stated b4, a good dedicated video card would do wonders for your current and future setup.

Onboard graphics are not hardly acceptable for much more than web surfing anymore, dead when vista hits.

BTW, the dell motherboards will not overclock, so you have a BOLD NEW WORLD TO EXPLORE NOW!

Enjoy!
September 16, 2006 11:40:38 AM

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It will perform 2-2.5 times better. (for intersive apps of course; don't expect any marvels browsing the web)

you mean 4-5 times?

Was an average; for certain things you get even more than 5x. SH!T; all that POWER. Only @ home with my very modest PC, I have more power than a production studio had 10 years ago :twisted:
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