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Which computer to buy???

By pentium 4
Aug 23, 2007
  1. hi im buying a home computer and i was just wondering which computer is stronger and and faster a hp intel core 2 duo e6300 or hp amd 64 x2 3800+

    heres the specs for the e6300:

    Processor Type Intel Viiv Core 2 Duo E6300
    Processor Speed 1.8GHz
    RAM 1GB DDR2 SDRAM (Exp. To 4GB)
    Hard Drive 320GB 7200RPM SATA
    Optical Drives 16X DVD+/-RW DL With Lightscribe
    Graphics Card Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
    Available Expansion Bays 1 x 5.25" External, 1 x 3.5" External
    Available Expansion Slots 2 x PCI, 1 x PCI-Express
    Cache 2MB L2
    Fax/Modem 56K V.90
    I/O Ports 7 x USB 2.0, 2 x FireWire (IEEE 1394)
    Network Card 10/100 Ethernet
    Preloaded Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
    System Bus 1066MHz

    amd x2 3800+ :


    Processor Type AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+
    Processor Speed 2.0GHz
    RAM 1024MB PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM (Exp. To 4GB)
    Hard Drive 250GB SATA 7200RPM
    Optical Drives 16X Lightscribe Dual Layer DVD+/-RW
    Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE
    Available Expansion Bays 1 x 3.5 in / 1 x 5.25 in
    Available Expansion Slots 2 x PCI / 1 x PCI-Express
    Cache 512KB+512KB L2
    Fax/Modem 56K V.90
    Network Card 10/100 Ethernet
    Preloaded Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
    System Bus 2000MHz
     
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    What will be the primary purpose of the new PC?
     
  3. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    These a virtually the same computer with the exception of the CPU's. The Intel will be faster, though neither system will be much of a gamer as they both use integrated graphics.
     
  4. pentium 4

    pentium 4 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the purpose is just for basic gaming not intense, and school work......
     
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    For school work, playing CDs or DVDs and surfing the internet either PC would work fine, although as nickslick already said, the E6300 is a little faster.

    What kind of games were you hoping to play? Most newer games won't play very well with either of those integrated graphics solutions and some not at all.
     
  6. pentium 4

    pentium 4 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i read at some other web sites that the intl e6300 in conroe...what does that mean? i know that the graphic cards arent good because there shared memory..i think.... but i always have the option of adding a new graphic card...
     
  7. pentium 4

    pentium 4 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    btw iff i decide to purchase a graphics card which brand will be the the best compatibility nvidia or ati..??

    what do you mean work better at lower temps?
     
  8. pentium 4

    pentium 4 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i guess im gonna go with the e6300 thx alot....
     
  9. pentium 4

    pentium 4 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    also, the 128 mb graphics card is shared if it is then the system memory will show 896 mb but if i put my own graphic card in it then will the memory show 1024 again or no....
     
  10. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    get the Intel it will be better, upgrade to 2GIG of ram, and definatelly upgrade the video card (onboard video) in the system.

    speaking with experence
     
  11. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    It should but only after you disable the integrated graphics in the BIOS. Also, if you are using a built-in sound card, that will take a little RAM too. Less than the graphics but a little still.
     
  12. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    A) The newer Conroe core Intel's run very cool, generally cooler than the X2's
    B) The Intel e6300 will easily out perform the X2 3800.
    C) This used to be true with the Intel's that used the Prescott cores. With the Conroe (and beyond) cores, Intel got away from GHZ and concentrated on more efficient processing.

    Since both computers listed are essentially the same with the exception of the CPU, I would go for the e6300 based system. Be aware that if you want to upgrade in the future to a dedicated graphics card you will want to ensure that the PCIe slot is a PCIe X16 slot. You may also need to purchase a new power supply to meet the demand of the hungry graphic card.
     
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