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December 3, 2008 3:41:22 AM

My sister is looking to buy an all in one system and she found the one she wants at Costco. I went to check it out and the only thing that bothered me was the E2200 cpu, the rest of the specs were actually pretty good. I checked out the system online and it is available with an e5200 which I know is newer, faster and cooler running. Here is the problem, 1. awesome price at Costco, 2. awesome return policy at Costco (just in case it's DOA or a lemon) and 3. Costco extends the manufacturers warranty from one to two years. It would cost her at the very least $150 to get the system with an e5200 somewhere else and she would lose a year of warranty. She will be using it for office apps, internet, burning cds/dvrs, Photoshop and maybe a bit of of video editing. Would the e2200 do a good job at this (w/4gb ram) or should I steer her into the e5200 system? Is it worth it?

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December 3, 2008 4:06:29 AM

I'm positive that the E5200 has SSE4 which will be highly beneficial for video editing. You should find out if the E2200 system can support E5200 CPUs, if they do, just buy one online for about $80 and sell the E2200 on ebay.
December 3, 2008 4:34:18 AM

emp said:
I'm positive that the E5200 has SSE4 which will be highly beneficial for video editing. You should find out if the E2200 system can support E5200 CPUs, if they do, just buy one online for about $80 and sell the E2200 on ebay.


It seems the OP is worried about warranty. In which case i would not recommend swapping cpus as this would void the warranty.

Here shows proof of e5200 with SSE4 and E2200 with SSE3 http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=337&pgno=6

To be honest from an end user point of view the ~$150 isnt worth the jump, its 300mhz and an extra instruction set.
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December 3, 2008 5:23:32 AM

The e2200 is fine what what she plans to do with it. Photoshop will seem a little slow on it but since everything else should be fine it won't be a problem unless she decides to major in Graphics Design ^_^.
December 3, 2008 5:57:56 AM

It's a G45 chipset which I know will accept an E5200 but I doubt I could change out the processor even if I wanted to, it's an all in one and I don't want to tear it apart as well as void the warranty. She refuses to get a desktop with a box and a bunch of wiring as it will "ruin" the look of her condo!

It's probably a little more than 300mhz difference because of the newer architecture and the e2200 has only 1mb L2 cache vs. 2mb. Is SSE4 essential for video editing (home video shot on a handycam) or will it just speed up the process? Would Photoshop be ok with an e2200 and 4gb ram? Is burning a lot of cds/dvrs using Nero very processor dependent? Sorry for all the questions but I just have no idea if an e2200 is going to do the job. Am I being just just paranoid?

That $150 difference is a minimum, at BB/CC it's $250.


edit: didn't see the above post that answers the photoshop question!



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December 3, 2008 6:43:13 AM

moon unit said:
My sister is looking to buy an all in one system and she found the one she wants at Costco. I went to check it out and the only thing that bothered me was the E2200 cpu, the rest of the specs were actually pretty good. I checked out the system online and it is available with an e5200 which I know is newer, faster and cooler running. Here is the problem, 1. awesome price at Costco, 2. awesome return policy at Costco (just in case it's DOA or a lemon) and 3. Costco extends the manufacturers warranty from one to two years. It would cost her at the very least $150 to get the system with an e5200 somewhere else and she would lose a year of warranty. She will be using it for office apps, internet, burning cds/dvrs, Photoshop and maybe a bit of of video editing. Would the e2200 do a good job at this (w/4gb ram) or should I steer her into the e5200 system? Is it worth it?


put it this way, photoshop will run on a pentium 4, and that E2200 would smash even a Pentium D @ 3400 (2x3400mhz) etc - dont let the low clock speeds fool you, its a fast chip, but yes a faster cpu would help with photoshop, id recomend a Q6600, Q8200 or Q9450 etc rather then any dual core btw for photoshop.
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December 3, 2008 7:23:03 AM

I should stick with the e2200. Not worth a $150-$250 upgrade to e5200.
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December 3, 2008 8:54:42 AM

mi1ez said:
I should stick with the e2200. Not worth a $150-$250 upgrade to e5200.


in that light your right - not worth it

actually to come to think about it, if its not 100% for photoshop/video editing and you dont mind waiting a few minutes more of encoding time then no point in upgrading to the e5200 - just get the system
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December 3, 2008 10:21:10 AM

Stick with the e2200. It's a great CPU for what she needs it for. I know because I run it and I do everything she will do with the system.
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December 3, 2008 10:44:02 AM

The e2200 system for her needs would be just fine. I do the same things (although no video editing) on my office machine everyday. It is a 2ghz Pentium 4, 512 meg of Rambus memory. Photoshop is a little slow, but it gets the job done well enough.
December 3, 2008 9:11:35 PM

Alright what bastard -1ed me...

I had the the same conclusion as Megamanx00 and he got +1 what the

:S
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December 3, 2008 10:09:33 PM

moon unit said:
. She refuses to get a desktop with a box and a bunch of wiring as it will "ruin" the look of her condo!
eh? are we talking about a laptop here or what??

anyways the difference in the tech level between e2200 and e5200 ain't that big, both are based on the core2 arch, e2200 is on 65nm and e5200 in 45nm with sse4 set but thats about it

@chookman I gave you +1 to even it out ;P (if this rating thing is actually working for me...)
December 4, 2008 12:23:02 AM

Lol thx Kari,

Ungrateful people LOL
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