My parents are buying a new computer and want me to pick one. I'm building one with Dell and am at the video card portion. There won't be any gaming going on except for online web/flash gaming, but I'm concerned that advances in web-browsing/design and operating systems will become taxing on it. Is this a valid concern or crazy? My parents kept the computer that they are now replacing for 10 years.
Also, I selected an Intel Core 2 Duo e7500 (3MB L2, 2.93GHz, 1066FSB) as opposed to the Intel Dual-Core e5300 (2MB L2, 2.6GHz, 800FSB). They want to spend as little as possible so I wonder if I can downgrade back to the e5300 without much performance change. What do you thing?
Here is what it is completely:
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E7500 (3MB L2, 2.93GHz, 1066FSB)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium,64bit + Belkin Easy Transfer Cable
No Productivity software pre-installed
1 Year Basic Service Plan
McAfee SecurityCenter, 15-Months
20" Dell IN2010N HD Monitor with VGA port and cable
3GB DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 2 DIMMs
640GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
16X DVD+/-RW Drive
Integrated Intel® GMA x4500 Graphics
Integrated 5.1 Channel Audio
Dell AX210 1.2 Watt 2.0 Stereo Speakers
Dell Consumer Entry USB Keyboard and Mouse
Dell 19 in 1 Media Card Reader
Adobe® Reader 9.0
Inspiron 537 Slim-Tower w/ Black Bezel
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
Dell Online Backup 2GB for 1 year
For the intended use and to keep it cheap there is not going to be noticeable difference between those CPU´s. For the video card the onboard probably will suffice but I find that usually Dell charges to much for a dedicated card. A card like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $20 after MIR can easily be installed after wards and having dedicated memory will free up the system memory that the GMA x4500 was using.