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January 23, 2012 3:27:24 PM

Hello,

I'm trying to build a computer for a business. I'm trying to buy a good, cheap, and reliable processor for this computer. Any one got any good suggestions on which processor i should put in this computer?

Thanks,

Jacob G.

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January 23, 2012 3:28:57 PM

AMD Athlon II X3 455/455 or a Phenom II X4 955/Intel Core i3-2100
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January 23, 2012 3:33:32 PM

Phenom II x4 960t is also an excellent choice, since 955s are very hard to find now.
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January 23, 2012 3:39:25 PM

What kind of tasks is the system going to be running?, if you just want some good performing cheap chips there is the Core i3 2100 ($125 on Newegg), on the AMD side there is the Athlon II series which are decent little chips too, but i'd really only go over to the Athlon side if i'm looking for mainly just a cheap CPU as opposed to performance.

If it's just a general business machine where you're just going to be typing up word documents or doing projects etc. then i'd probably just pick with the lower end AMD line of chips such as the Athlon II's.
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January 23, 2012 3:50:04 PM

i3-2100/i3-2120 would both be excellent low power choices and have decent on-chip graphics. Paired with an inexpensive H61 motherboard ($50-60) would make a great, and fast, low power platform.
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January 23, 2012 4:06:11 PM

i3 2100 would be your best bet as you also get HT giving you dual core with 2 logical cores. i3 2120 would have little more to offer you, its about $20 more expensive for about 0.2ghz difference. Pair it with 4gb ram, it also has fairly good integrated graphics (if this makes any difference to you).
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January 23, 2012 4:16:00 PM

The Intel® Core™ i3-2100 when matched up with the a good H61 or H67 board will set you up well in a business environment.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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January 23, 2012 4:17:02 PM

It will be running Office mainly.
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January 23, 2012 4:26:14 PM

if this would be all then you dont really need the i3 2100. you could get by easily using a E6400.
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January 23, 2012 4:44:00 PM

what is your price range? i3 2100 system would cost you about £350 (sorry, dont know dollar equivalent) at the most. E6400 system would only cost you around £300 at most.
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January 24, 2012 6:13:06 PM

necrokamios said:
what is your price range? i3 2100 system would cost you about £350 (sorry, dont know dollar equivalent) at the most. E6400 system would only cost you around £300 at most.


E6400 is about half as fast as i3-2100. The platform would not be upgradable and you would have to buy DDR2 which is more expensive than DDR3. Unless you get one of those strange s775 boards that takes DDR3, which would be just dumb imo.

For $200 USD you can get i3-2120, 8gb ddr3, and a H61 motherboard.
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