Hi everyone, I would like to build computers for each operatory (4 total) in order to:
1. Able to run Windows 7 at reasonable speed
2. Play CAESY (patient education videos) through a DVD smoothly
3. Run dental software that could receive X-rays by Wifi
4. Able to use intraoral camera and its software via USB
Now I am looking for a processor to finish the build so I could at least test the components. I'm on the fence whether to go with the G530 (or any of the Celerons up to G640) or the i3 2100. I tried using the Intel Atom D525MW, which was painfully slow when I tried to use the intraoral camera and its program.
I see. I'm one of the assistants at the office. Their biggest goal is to be able to play patient education videos in every operatory. The CAESY dvd videos are very basic (non-HD), it played smoothly on a very old computer. That got me thinking an HTPC would suffice since they told me to build the computers that would most fit the purpose. The intra-oral camera is live feed, no encoding. What got me was the lag with the programs running the Schick Wifi and the intra-oral camera.
The office isn't digital so it doesn't have any dental management software like eaglesoft, dentrix, etc. Only very basic scheduler program, everything else is paper. That's why I figured their wasn't a need for high end computing.
So now I'm thinking of that i3-2105 as recommended by popatim? In terms of office use and for those purposes mentioned, would an i5 be actually worst since it doesn't have HT (I actually don't know if the softwares support HT, but having it is better than not?)
The I-3 is a just a dual core with hyper-threading (two physical, two virtual). The I-5 is a real quad core without hyper-threading (four physical cores). The I-7 is basically an I-5 with hyper-threading (four physical cores, four virtual).
As for performance, physical cores are better than virtual hyper-threaded ones.
The place that I set up just started using Dentrix as now all health care providers are regulated by the state (Indiana) to have everything filed electronically. So keep that in mind when doing this.
I would not use anything less than an I-3 for what you are doing. It will be fast and should usable for at least 4 - 5 years.