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February 13, 2013 5:17:50 PM

I am looking at putting together a basic computer in a few months (my first), but my budget will be limited to max 300 euros. My current system is a Pentium E2160 1.8GHz, so I'm thinking a Celeron 1610 would be a sizable upgrade for me. It' cheap enough that when I replace it with an i5 at the end of the year I won't feel I've wasted money. If I go for a Celeron, I can get my new computer sooner and economize only on the processor and spend a little more on the PSU and motherboard.

Can someone confirm that a Celeron would be a big step up on an old pentium, or are the Celerons really crippled like they used to be circa 2000? And if I change the CPU in a few months would that cause a problem with my Windows 7 OEM license?

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February 13, 2013 5:22:50 PM

Ags1 said:
I am looking at putting together a basic computer in a few months (my first), but my budget will be limited to max 300 euros. My current system is a Pentium E2160 1.8GHz, so I'm thinking a Celeron 1610 would be a sizable upgrade for me. It' cheap enough that when I replace it with an i5 at the end of the year I won't feel I've wasted money. If I go for a Celeron, I can get my new computer sooner and economize only on the processor and spend a little more on the PSU and motherboard.

Can someone confirm that a Celeron would be a big step up on an old pentium, or are the Celerons really crippled like they used to be circa 2000? And if I change the CPU in a few months would that cause a problem with my Windows 7 OEM license?

Celerons are ok but nothing great. If all you are doing is going on the internet and using office I would go with a Pentium G. If this is for gaming I would go with a Pentium G or I3 at the very least.
February 14, 2013 9:36:27 AM

I think I would rather save the money - passmark gives the Celeron G1610 a score of 2.600 and the Pentium G860 only manages 2.900 which is a marginal difference.
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February 14, 2013 11:03:33 PM

Thats up to you. I have built many computers for everyday users and I've always ended going with the Pentium. In the end it for just a little more money you get more cache and a slightly faster processor.
February 14, 2013 11:11:54 PM

For 300 euros an A10-5800K based build is a MUCH MUCH better choice.

You can overclock both the CPU and graphics significantly and some good boards are made for that(A85 Hi-fi comes to mind.)

And you can add a 6670 to hybrid crossfire with the 7660D in the future.
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February 15, 2013 10:04:10 AM

What is the old CPU you are moving on from?

Honestly, it will be a okay processor until you move on to an i5. Long gone are the days of the Celerons being really a horrible line of CPUs. I rebuilt my dad's old P4 work PC with a 1.6 GHz Celeron Dual-core back in 2008. It was snappy and quick enough for every day tasks and some gaming (on a 9600GT). Lasted him 4 years until he upgraded to a quad-core Q9650 (cheap from eBay).
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February 15, 2013 10:14:30 AM

I would say you should go with a pentium G series CPU like the G2020 or the G2120. That extra performance for a slightly higher price tag is worth it.
Celerons are ok for office PCs but for gaming the least you need is a pentium G.
February 18, 2013 5:58:37 PM

I suppose that makes sense, a 2.8GHz pentium only costs 15 euros more. And if I spent 35 more euros, I would get a boost of 500MHz over the celeron.
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February 18, 2013 6:11:11 PM

Ags1 said:
I suppose that makes sense, a 2.8GHz pentium only costs 15 euros more. And if I spent 35 more euros, I would get a boost of 500MHz over the celeron.


Which is exactly what I was saying from the start. The Pentium is not that much more so why not spend the slight extra money and get the better processor.
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February 18, 2013 7:42:48 PM

Haha i'm still using an e2160 too
February 21, 2013 7:06:56 PM

Runs Linux just fine :-)
February 22, 2013 4:15:49 PM

I would definitely go with the g1610.

The 1610 will easily handle any task you could throw at the g2020. And, well, what the g1610 cant push, the g2020 cant either. I don't know what the prices are in your area but here a g2020 is 38-40% more expensive. It has about 5-15% more muscle maybe which seems like a bad deal, not even considering the fact that you will be upgrading later.

I would pocket the extra 15 euros and leave the store whistling. (:
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