AMD Athlon II X4 630 vs. Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400

I'm in the market for a new Desktop PC and have been out of the loop for nearly 8 years. My current processor is a P4 and I have very minimal components installed. So I'm looking towards buying a new one. I've spent the past few days doing some research and essentially have my options down to two. I have no resources/time/whatever to build my own PC, so I'm just going with something I built online via the brand's webstore.

Both options contain nearly the same components apart from the processor.

Option 1 is the HP Pavilion p6310t:
* Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400
* 4GB DDR3-800MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
* 500GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
* 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5450
* LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
* Integrated 5.1 channel sound with front audio ports

Option 2 is the Dell Studio XPS 7100 :
* AMD Athlon™ II X4 630
* 4GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
* 500GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
* 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5450
* 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
* THX® TruStudio PC™ Audio

Pretty much the same computer save for some little stuff and of course the processor. Both hit around $550 which is hitting the max I can spend (especially after the taxes and such).

Thanks for any help. Just need pointed towards the better CPU.
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  1. Your choice for anything is the Athlon IIx4 630. The minor increase in single threaded performance will not be worth the E5400. When I say minor, I really mean minor. The four cores of the Athlon will be much more beneficial. Not to mention that the intel system also has ridiculously low speed ram.
  2. I agree with both the above
  3. Now that I look at it, I do see that the HP does have marginally slower RAM.

    I was feeling the AMD was the better choice but since I've been out of the loop I was looking for clarification. And that's what I got! Thanks so much for the replies!
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