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Choosing a CPU

I wanna buy a budget laptop.. Being a college student and as my economical status is not good i can't spend much. I use a little bit of visualization, which is basically processor hungry.

i wanna chose from 3 cpu's

1. Pentium Dual-Core T4200 @ 2.00GHz [Passmark CPU score - 1236]

2. Pentium Dual-Core T4300 @ 2.10GHz [Passmark CPU score -1442]

3. Intel Core2 Duo T6600 @ 2.20GHz [Passmark CPU score -1563]

Budget is very important here

I can get a laptop with t4200 for $400, t4300 for $450, t6600 for $500

So can any one advice me, to which one i must go.

Also can some body comment on t4300 1mb L2 cache vs t6600 2mb L2 cache
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  1. are all the other specs on these laptops identical?
  2. Yes Ram is 3 gb and they have intel gma 4500 on graphics side

    i don't play games and i am least bothered about other specs like monitor size, hard disk etc
  3. Best answer
    32nm dual core is going to be released soon, so I would wait a bit longer before upgrade if I were you.
  4. jhones99 said:
    I wanna buy a budget laptop.. Being a college student and as my economical status is not good i can't spend much. I use a little bit of visualization, which is basically processor hungry.

    i wanna chose from 3 cpu's

    1. Pentium Dual-Core T4200 @ 2.00GHz [Passmark CPU score - 1236]

    2. Pentium Dual-Core T4300 @ 2.10GHz [Passmark CPU score -1442]

    3. Intel Core2 Duo T6600 @ 2.20GHz [Passmark CPU score -1563]

    Budget is very important here

    I can get a laptop with t4200 for $400, t4300 for $450, t6600 for $500

    So can any one advice me, to which one i must go.

    Also can some body comment on t4300 1mb L2 cache vs t6600 2mb L2 cache


    I cannot comment on the t4300 vs t6600 but I can tell you that the t6600 is a fast chip. I have one in a laptop that I picked up a little while ago and I am very pleased with it. If the t6600 has all the components that you need in it then I would go with that one. Plus a t6600 laptop with 3gb of ram for $500 is a good deal. The only thing I would make sure of is that it is a reliable brand.
  5. andy5174 said:
    32nm dual core is going to be released soon, so I would wait a bit longer before upgrade if I were you.


    will 32nm dualcore chips be cheaper and faster than today's 45 nm chips
  6. jhones99 said:
    will 32nm dualcore chips be cheaper and faster than today's 45 nm chips

    The 32nm chips will be faster, but not cheaper. I think he was trying to point out that the 45nm chips should come down in price when the 32nm chips are released.
  7. Pro Llama said:
    The 32nm chips will be faster, but not cheaper. I think he was trying to point out that the 45nm chips should come down in price when the 32nm chips are released.

    Yes.
  8. Did you mean Virtualization? If so the then T4000 series does not support it nor does the T6600. Even if it did, then you would have to check with the manufacturer to see if they implemented it.

    btw - I paid $429 for my laptop : T6600 3Gb Ram, 320Gb HDD - back in March '09 from BestBuy. It came with Vista and is now running 7 awesomely! I am very happy otherwise.
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