First things first, thank you all for your awesome insight on everything! I'm more of a software junkie, than a hardware guy.
I've scoured through the forum, and I guess I'm looking for a heads up on a new system I'm looking to purchase.
Here's what I use it for.
I operate a small design/marketing company, which I'm heavily involved in the day-to-day. I'm in front of the computer 8-12 hours a day, but I'm not a gamer at all... I dont own any, and I probably havent even played one in 5 years.
- Firefox (multiple tabs always)
- MS Office
- Need Dual Monitor Support
I'm looking at 2 different systems, both from Dell. I've had some solid systems from them over the years, without any major problems (knock on wood).
Here's the two I'm trying to pick between. The i5 system is $40 cheaper.
Dell Inspiron 580
i5 760 (8MB Cache, 2.8Ghz)
8GB DDR3 SDRAM @ 1333MHz - 2 DIMMs
1TB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
AMD Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3
(2) ST2320L 23-inch Full HD Widescreen Monitors
Like I said, I'm not too familiar with hardware, so the terms "overclocking" and/or Hyperthreading dont make much sense to me... I'm just looking for a system that will accomodate my needs, and be nice and quick.
Thanks in advance guys, I REALLY appreciate the help
Both systems are going to be quick, but the XPS quicker. I do not see that any of your applications are going to benefit from the additional ram on the I5 setup.
I7 930 not available so used I7 920 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/191?vs=47
For longevity I would go with the I7 system and since you are not gaming at all an GPU upgrade is not needed.
It is mostly in photoshop and if you multitask a lot that you gain from a quad core over a dual core like the I5 650 which is a fast dual core so depending on % of usage that with the HD5450 would have been an option to.