Help with processor choice

I am buying a new computer on a budget and I have seen two package deals of a desktop and 19in lcd monitor for $398

both come with 2gigs of ram and both come with 350gig sata HD but one has an Intel dual core E2160 1.8ghz CPU while the

other one has a penitum D 915 2.8ghz processor. Which would be the better buy I thought that being a 1 ghz more the D was

better but after reading a little online I am confused as it seems to be the older one.


PLEASE HELP ME
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  1. E2160, especially if you are willing to overclock it a little
  2. why is it better?
  3. Because the P4 is a 2 issue wide chip - the E2160 is a 3 issue wide chip (potentially 4 with macro op fusion) - so in very basic terms the E2160 can do at least 50% more work per clock tick - and up to 100% more work per tick in certain situations with macro op fusion is working..

    At stock speeds the two chips will thus run very similar performance tbh – but the E2160 can fairly easily be overclocked to match the GHz speed of the P4 you listed – and then will just storm into the lead.
  4. I would just build a new computer from scratch. Cheaper and you get what you want in it.
  5. between those 2... the E2160 and latter on you buy a cooler and learn to overclock it.. but personally i agree with blackpanther on building a computer from scratch, probably go a little over 400$ including a nice lcd monitor but i would be really worth it cause you´ll get way better features.

    p.s: guys help me in the budget board for e8400 forum!!
  6. Rosewill Case - $23
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147074

    Antec Earthwatts 430W PSU - $40
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371006

    Gigabye DS3L Motherboard - $96
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345

    Sapphire 4670 Video Card - $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102792

    Intel E5200 CPU - $83
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116072

    Gskill 4GB Ram - $40
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

    Western Digital 160GB HD - $42
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075

    LG DVD Burner - $23
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

    Total is $426 and it is a great build. I would upgrade the Video Card down the road once you can save some more cash if you are serious about gaming.
  7. There's no operating system in that last quote.
    Further, the low cost system he's looking at isn't likely to have overclocking features (for the rather dated C2D processor). So, while I agree he might be able to build a better system, he's probably not going to be able to build one as cheap as what he's looking at.
    The Pentium D based system is a dead end in terms of upgradability. However, the C2D system may not be much better (since it's probably limited in terms of what processors or memory speeds it supports).
    Depending on his needs either system may meet his current requirements, but neither is likely to do so long term.
  8. Ok thanks for all the help I the dual core is better than the D now I just have one more question before I decide I went to another walmart and found the same thing but with an amd x2 2200. How does that stack up against the dual core?
  9. do you mean the X2 4200? I would think being that the E2160 is before conroe that the Athlon 64 X2 4200 would be much better. I had the first Athlon 64 X2 4200 939socket and I loved it till I upgraded to the Athlon 64 X2 6000 and then the Phenom 9600.
  10. get the Turion there. It would destroy that Intel E2200.
  11. blackpanther26 said:
    get the Turion there. It would destroy that Intel E2200.


    Dude, WTF are you smoking? The 2200 would wipe the floor with the Turion and still have enough fight in it to take on your mom. Twice.
  12. B-Unit said:
    Dude, WTF are you smoking? The 2200 would wipe the floor with the Turion and still have enough fight in it to take on your mom. Twice.


    The E2200 is the old Pentuim core and that is where Athlon/Turion smokes them silly. The E2200 might overclock higher. But I think that the Turion at 2GHz would be faster.
  13. blackpanther26 said:
    The E2200 is the old Pentuim core and that is where Athlon/Turion smokes them silly. The E2200 might overclock higher. But I think that the Turion at 2GHz would be faster.


    No, its not, it just uses the Pentium name. The E2200 is an Alendale Core2 with some of the cache turned off.
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