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May 7, 2011 10:28:09 AM

Ok I have read up on the difference between the Dual core vs Dual core duo or dual core 2 duo and I find very little difference and I do not care to open a old can of worms....

to keep this simple I have a Socket LGA775 motherboard

So my real question is which one is the biggest bang for the buck...

ie. if I buy a E6300 @ 1.86GHz 1066FSB 2x1MB L2 Cache ($46)

will it be better or worse than a E4300 1.8Ghz 800MHZ BUS 2MB Cache($53)

or will I get a better deal with a E5200 2.5GHz 2MB cache 800MHz ($47)

I am willing to pay ($65) for CPU but I can not tell if it would pay to

put in a faster FSB or a faster clock speed like the E5200 2.5GHz


PS the MOBO =
MSI G41M-P26 Socket 775 Motherboard; Core 2 Quad Intel G41 DDR3

No over clocking for me... Intel only...

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May 7, 2011 10:50:16 AM

the fsb is insignificant.What is more important is the clock speeds.
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May 7, 2011 10:56:46 AM

Grab that E5200 because it has a faster freq than the others.
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May 7, 2011 12:56:01 PM

So I guess it would be better to run a Intel Pentium 4 D 920 2.8GHz
775pin PLGA 4MB[2MBX2] 800MHz Dual Core CPU . ($34)

because clock speed? and save my money!

It is my home computer... XP home, Word98, nothing fancy
I have a E5200 2.5ghz.
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May 7, 2011 1:12:37 PM

maybe someone can give me suggestions then because that is why I am asking these questions...
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May 7, 2011 1:13:56 PM

coltoe said:
maybe someone can give me suggestions then because that is why I am asking these questions...

ok,
out of all my advice is that you get the highest clocked one.
Intel Pentium E6300 - 2.80GHz - 2MB L2
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May 7, 2011 1:18:06 PM

Why did you state you want to buy the e6300 at 1.8ghz?
And do you think you can wait for a while and plan to buy a new computer?
New computers are cheaper then upgrading old ones!!
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May 7, 2011 1:43:53 PM

I am mainly looking @ price... I am trying to keep everything in my budget
the e6300 at 1.8ghz was only $48 so I thought that it would be better than my E5200 because it had a larger FSB... This is why I was looking for advice... I tend to look before I leap... I also learn before I do... Any more input from everyone will be best... Thanks in advance...
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May 8, 2011 2:31:17 AM

here are the seller info....

http://www.starmicroinc.net/cgi/commerce.cgi?preadd=act...

http://www.softwaresupplygroup.com/intel-core-2-duo-pro...

http://www.pcprogress.com/product.asp?m1=pw&pid=INC2DUO...

http://3btech.net/inco2duoe6113.html


It seems that these 4 sellers are selling OEM E6300 because the boxed E6300 shows that it is 2.8ghz so that is all the info I have to go on....

The boxed E6300 is $100.00 & out of my price range....

I want a CPU that will be less than $70.00...
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May 8, 2011 4:51:31 AM

Wait. All you do is Word, and you have an E5200? You're fine with that CPU! I do a lot of word processing, and I have an E2200. No word processor ever slowed it down at all, and that includes working on a Word 2007 file that is over 100,000 words and 330 pages. If the system is running slow just because of Word, how much RAM do you have?
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May 9, 2011 5:53:17 AM

My setup does not run slow compared to my other older computers a PII & a celron 900ghz I have 2 Gb ram in my setup now...


but I am looking into a new setup for the future... I counting the cost so far I am up to $225 to $250... I already have XP home waiting to load on it...

But if I build another setup I want it to be better than or equal to my current setup... when I finish the new setup it will be my second build that I do...

If I had the money I would build a I3 or I5 but the budget would not allow...
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May 9, 2011 2:05:10 PM

My advise would be to keep saving till you're ready to build a new system. There is no point in spending $200 on a Socket 775 CPU when you can easily get an Athlon X4 and a decent motherboard for that kind of money.
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May 9, 2011 4:51:59 PM

ghnader hsmithot said:
the e6300 isnt clocked at 1.8ghz but at 2.8ghz.
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=41493
I think something is wrong with the seller.


One of the original 65nm Conroe based Core2Duo processors was named e6300 and it was clocked at 1.8Ghz. I knew a couple people that had them, Intel used the same name for a 45nm Pentium Dual core they released last year.
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May 9, 2011 6:14:53 PM

loneninja said:
One of the original 65nm Conroe based Core2Duo processors was named e6300 and it was clocked at 1.8Ghz. I knew a couple people that had them, Intel used the same name for a 45nm Pentium Dual core they released last year.

Sorry, i didnt know.
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May 10, 2011 12:04:33 PM

When I said I was going to build one for $225 to $250 I meant that I was buying everything but the monitor.... We are talking... case, power supply, hard drive, DVD burner, Ram, MOBO, CPU, mouse, key board, .... Trust me it is not easy to find all new parts for this price.... So far I have got it down to $220 without a keyboard & mouse... Oh... By the way... I plan to give it away... To my church when I am done building it...
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