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One has a better processor, slightly, one has more GB. which is better

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May 24, 2010 10:21:29 PM

From this

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/282705-28-computer-sc...

I'm really looking at two things now:

http://www.officemax.com/technology/computers/laptop-co...|categoryId~10004^categoryName~technology^parentCategoryID~category_root^prodPage~25^region~1@cei93by1|categoryId~283^categoryName~computers^parentCategoryID~cat_10004^prodPage~25^region~1^refine~1@kqhvdy1k|prodPage~15^refine~1^region~1^categoryName~Laptop+Computers+and+Tablet+PCs^categoryId~325^parentCategoryID~cat_283@bfngt3rt|prodPage~15^sort~Price+%28Low-High%29^refine~1^position~1^region~1

That jumble of a mess lol and the previous computer had written about buying that was $400.

Few slight differences between the two. I just can't figure out if giving up a newer processor for more memory and higher RPM is worth it.

FIRST has
3GB memory
250GB 5400RPM

SECOND has
4GB memory
320GB 7200rpm SATA hard drive

Processors are:

FIRST: Intel Pentium Processor T4400 2.20 GHz, 800 MHz Front Side Bus, 1 MB L2 Cache

VS

SECOND: Intel® Pentium® Processor T4300 (Dual Core) (2.10GHz, 1MB L2 cache)

So does having the less updated/upgraded processor with more memory and faster RPM matter or make it better than a more upgraded processor with less memory and less RPM?

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May 24, 2010 10:28:57 PM

YOu should always invest in a better cpu, why you ask, because you can add more ram later, while you will have to replace an entire cpu to upgrade.
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May 24, 2010 10:32:35 PM

One has a processor that is a little newer but with 5400RPM and one has the slighltly previous model with a 7200RPM. I don't really know what RPMS do anyway. So I know common sense yes a processor that is more advanced is better, but with the other specs does it outweigh the processor?
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May 24, 2010 10:32:55 PM

The processor is more important, also the hard drive can be replaced if it doesn't have the needed speed or capacity.
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May 24, 2010 10:33:46 PM

but how much to change that?
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May 24, 2010 10:33:50 PM

The Speed does matter, but as for myself I have 2 5400 rpm hard drives and they run great.
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May 24, 2010 10:37:01 PM

so what is a better processor? i heard AMD sucks and that is the only other i know of.
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May 24, 2010 10:38:53 PM

The processor you have is so slow, it really doesn't matter. haha... Just to put into perspective, my old AMD Duron which is (i think) two years older, runs much faster than this processor. If you went for a core2 or core i or turion or even a sempron you would be much better off.
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May 24, 2010 10:39:27 PM

AMD is very good actually... It is my preference, it beats Intel when it comes to price to performance.
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May 24, 2010 10:40:01 PM

Turion and Sempron are both AmD cpus.
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May 24, 2010 10:42:58 PM

Hmm well thanks.
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May 25, 2010 2:12:03 AM

Computerrock1 said:
The processor you have is so slow, it really doesn't matter. haha... Just to put into perspective, my old AMD Duron which is (i think) two years older, runs much faster than this processor. If you went for a core2 or core i or turion or even a sempron you would be much better off.


You do realize the processors he is looking at are Core2 processors with less L2 cache right? They would run circles around a P4 and defineatly run circles around your old AMD Duron.
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May 25, 2010 1:56:31 PM

Alright, there is not enough speed difference in between those 2 processor's that you will ever notice a difference in them, at all. None, no difference, nada, period.
You will however notice a difference in a dog slow 5400rpm drive and 7200rpm drive.
If my choice was those 2 systems, I would take the very, very slightly slower processor and faster hard drive, and more memory.
And if you get more memory and a faster drive now, if you do feel you need to upgrade, all you have to replace is the processor. Changing a drive can be a huge pain.
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May 25, 2010 2:17:59 PM

Assuming no planned upgrades in the near future I'd go with option two. Simply because in any computer, IO time accounts for most of your actual wait time, so that's what you'd be wanting to minimize. The difference in those two processors really is minimal, I'd be going with the faster disk and more memory.
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May 25, 2010 2:23:22 PM

starlight said:
From this

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/282705-28-computer-sc...

I'm really looking at two things now:

http://www.officemax.com/technology/computers/laptop-co...|categoryId~10004^categoryName~technology^parentCategoryID~category_root^prodPage~25^region~1@cei93by1|categoryId~283^categoryName~computers^parentCategoryID~cat_10004^prodPage~25^region~1^refine~1@kqhvdy1k|prodPage~15^refine~1^region~1^categoryName~Laptop+Computers+and+Tablet+PCs^categoryId~325^parentCategoryID~cat_283@bfngt3rt|prodPage~15^sort~Price+%28Low-High%29^refine~1^position~1^region~1

That jumble of a mess lol and the previous computer had written about buying that was $400.

Few slight differences between the two. I just can't figure out if giving up a newer processor for more memory and higher RPM is worth it.

FIRST has
3GB memory
250GB 5400RPM

SECOND has
4GB memory
320GB 7200rpm SATA hard drive

Processors are:

FIRST: Intel Pentium Processor T4400 2.20 GHz, 800 MHz Front Side Bus, 1 MB L2 Cache

VS

SECOND: Intel® Pentium® Processor T4300 (Dual Core) (2.10GHz, 1MB L2 cache)

So does having the less updated/upgraded processor with more memory and faster RPM matter or make it better than a more upgraded processor with less memory and less RPM?

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both the systems have same technology processors but one is just 100mhz clocked higher. i think you should take the second choice because im sure that you will feel that it is faster than choice 1 because of higher rpm hdd. if you dont game and have win 7 then i dont think you will feel much difference between the 3gb and 4gb ram. but u will certainly feel a difference of faster hdd. you can do two things that buy choice 2 or buy choice 1 and sell its hdd and buy a 7200 rpm. that will be the best. but trust me that you will feel the difference between 5400rpm and 7200rpm. hope i helped
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May 25, 2010 6:38:07 PM

thanks!! :)  for all the help!! although i really need to stop looking cuz i discovered this for $600. which clearly hands down is the best processor right?

Intel Core i5-430M processor
2.26GHz (with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.53GHz)
4GB DDR3 system memory (8GB max)
250GB 7200rpm SATA hard drive

so now its for $130 more i can get a much better processor. sigh. why are there so many computer options.
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May 25, 2010 6:49:35 PM

I was actually going to say to go for option two, until you found this new/better one.

The 2nd one is only taking a 5% performance hit on the CPU. Where as the first system's ram gets a 25% hit, and the HDD gets a 30% capacity and ~35% RPM hit. Hard drive speed is going to be the main factor in performance on most things you do on a laptop.

However this is irrelevant now. :) 
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