processor speed?

December 10, 2010 at 07:42:07
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Athlon II X2 / 4GB
I'm looking at buying an all-in-one computer and am trying to decide between a Dell and a Gateway. (Any issues with Gateways?) Both are within $20 of each other. The Dell has a 23" screen vs 20" on the Gateway. I would go with the Dell but I'm concerned with the processor speed. Both have AMD Athlon II X2 processors, the Gateway has 2.7GHz and the Dell has 1.6GHz. Both have 4GB of RAM. Should I be concerned about this? How much slower will the Dell be? This machine will be used mostly for email, internet, and basic word processing/spreadsheets. No gaming. Thanks!

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#1
December 10, 2010 at 07:55:04
the !.6 would be fine for the basics that you want it for. Have you had a look at a HP?

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#2
December 10, 2010 at 08:04:59
Dell has better online support than Gateway if that helps.

Also you are getting a much better screen with Dell.

You could try and talk to Dell and play them off against Gateway. They may be willing to do something about improving the CPU specification. Worth a shot. The worst is they will say no.

If push comes to shove you could try paying a bit more for a better CPU with Dell or leave it for a future upgrade when you have a bit of spare cash.
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#3
December 10, 2010 at 08:26:47
I just looked on their site, thanks. They have a Touchsmart 310z with AMD Athlon II, 2.8GHz, 4GB RAM for the same money ($700). The site is a little confusing about the speakers, but I think it has them built in. It looks the decision is whether to give up 3" on the display to get the faster processor.

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#4
December 10, 2010 at 08:40:27
mosaddique,
Good points on the support and the screen. With regards to upgrading, I've never opened one up and I'm not sure I'd be comfortable doing that. Can you even open the all-in-ones?

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#5
December 10, 2010 at 08:41:13
For normal works u will not notice a huge difference between 1.6 and 2.7ghz.

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#6
December 10, 2010 at 09:23:34
Do NOT buy an all-in-one! You'll regret it. Buy a REAL computer with a separate tower & monitor, or get a laptop.

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#7
December 10, 2010 at 10:10:41
Can you even open the all-in-ones?

I think you can.
just looked at the Dell™ Inspiron™ One 2305 manual and it shows that a CPU upgrade is possible. See here:
http://support.dell.com/support/edo...

I do not know which one you are looking to buy.

mickliq has also made a sensible suggestion. I would personally go for a desktop as well.

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#8
December 10, 2010 at 10:32:50
Why would you avoid an all-in-one?

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#9
December 10, 2010 at 11:58:58
My reason are personal preference.

I like my desktops as they give a lot of flexibility in terms of upgrades and even adding additional hardware such as extra hard drives, additional PCI-E cards and other features.

Replacing something like your optical drive you can do by buying standard stock components instead of expensive bespoke tailored to fit components.

With all-in-ones there is a comparative lack of upgradeability or hardware customization.

Having said that all-in-ones are better than laptops which are hardly upgradeable. The only parts that can be changed is a limited set of miniPCI cards where they are equipped.

Smaller packages also have significant heat dissipation issues and can sometimes have noisy fans to manage that.

Replacing parts may also be an issue but I am talking blind here as I don't have personal experience.
You may well have to simply replace the whole. For example what would happen if the screen broke? How expensive would it be to replace?

These are just a few random thoughts to answer your question.

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#10
December 10, 2010 at 12:41:59
Thank you for your reply. While I have not upgraded machines in the past, you do bring up a very good point regarding replacement parts, especially the screen.

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