Hi, I am thinking of getting a new computer and I am a little behind the times. If I am looking at a computer with a cpu made up of a dual core processor of 1MB L2,1.60GHz,800 FSB does that mean each core is 1MB L2,1.60GHz,800 FSB? Also will I see much of a performance difference between a 800 and 1066 front side bus? Also what can I expect with Windows Vista? Thank you for your input, Planemech
Try and post full specs of what you are looking at buying m8. Dual core are the way ahead, is that 2140? Vista for the layman is like a pretty version of XP TBH. The performance difference between 800 and 1066 FSB is slight but dependant on the processor you buy can buy you a better upgrade path as they always get faster.
What do you plan on using your computer for? Gaming, Rendering, etc?
I recommend if you are going to upgrade, depending on what you are using your computer for, that you get a nice one that will hold for a long time without feeling the need to upgrade soon after.
Here are some you can look at if a budget is holding you back, yet want a decent one. (Conroe cores are very good performers)
This is the one I have ($190,1333MHz FSB, this is the cheapest Core2Duo for the performance atm) (Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail)
Though this is a $250 one, looks very good (3.0GHz,has Intel's new 45nm tech) (Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail)
I don't know everything but your probably better off going with at least 1066MHz, but most new processors now are 1333MHz
However your decision mostly depends on what you will use your computer for, and I'm assuming that since you are on these forums you are some type of gamer.
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19th September 2006
cleanfloor11;4217561How about Dell?
Dell is not a processor. Dell manufactures computers. But getting a Dell is a waste of money unless you're a business/corporation. The price: Performance ratio on Dells is terrible. My dad spent $1400 on a dell with a 2.8 Ghz Pentium Dual-Core, 1 GB ram and 250 GB HDD. You can custom build a monster rig for that these days. Stay as far from pre-builts as possible.
Dell is best to avoid even if you ARE a business/corporation. There builds are horrendous, they come with so much pre loaded trialware that you have to spend an hour removing it and they often require extra drivers for standard things like the network card.
Sure, they are loaded when you get them, but its lot of fun when you have just had to reformat one because the users broken it. What, you want to download anything? Think again. Download all the drivers on another machine and then get a USB stick.
However, back to the main question.
What you can expect from Vista:-
+ It looks nicer than XP if you turn all the details on. - Its *much* slower than XP - It crashes randomly. - Half your programs probably won't work. - File copying/deleting probably won't work. Or if it does, expect file copying to seem like downloading a CD across a 56k modem. - Its going to drive you insane asking you if you want to do whatever you just told it to do courtesy of UAC. You can disable this, but UAC is the new security measure in Vista. - Vista protects you by making it virtually impossible to do anything. Like connecting to a network properly. - Vista dosen't support IPX networking. You don't play any games on multi that were released before ~2002 do you?
I must say I don't actually own Vista. These points have been picked up from watching one of my cousins using his while we have been playing multi games with it. What does he think of it? After being told you could still buy WinXP he's planning on buying a new laptop with WinXP and giving the Vista one to his brother. Draw you own conclusions.
Thanks everbody for your input. Planemech
Freyr, I have Vista, and it has never randomly crashed or many of the things you mentioned. Tbh, I smell bullshit. Don't knock it till you've tried it.
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19th September 2006
Vinceh;4217986Freyr, I have Vista, and it has never randomly crashed or many of the things you mentioned. Tbh, I smell bullshit. Don't knock it till you've tried it.
Quoted For Truth. I haven't had any problems with Vista except, when installing F.E.A.R Combat, I had to disable UAC, and when installing the Need For Speed Pro-Street Demo. Not a problem, just an annoyance.
And imo, Vista isn't much slower than XP. If you're getting A new pc, and you're getting Vista, chances are that the new PC you've gotten is more than enough to handle Vista 100%.
Planemech;4209233Hi, I am thinking of getting a new computer and I am a little behind the times. If I am looking at a computer with a cpu made up of a dual core processor of 1MB L2,1.60GHz,800 FSB does that mean each core is 1MB L2,1.60GHz,800 FSB? Also will I see much of a performance difference between a 800 and 1066 front side bus? Also what can I expect with Windows Vista? Thank you for your input, Planemech
If you want Vista make sure you have a decent video card able to run Aero interface