Which Computer To Keep?

Dell vs custom / Dell vs custom
January 23, 2009 at 18:20:49
Specs: Windows XP, AMD VS Intel
Hi, I am giving away a computer and would like to know which to keep in the house. I would greatly appreciate your input.

Computer 1:
Dell Dimension 3000
Pentium 4, 2.8ghz
Dell MOBO - No OC Potential At ALL Obviously
1GB DDR 400
CD Burner - No DVD
80GB Hard Drive
Dell Integrated Graphics
Everything other than the ram is basically dell stock

Computer 2:
Cheap MOBO - PC CHIPS A15G - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
-No real overclocking potential, just fsb
Athlon X2 BE-2400 Brisbane 2.3GHz - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
-OCed to 2.4 if i remember correctly
Got them for a combo deal a while back for $73 shipped)
1GB DDR2 667
NVIDIA GeForce 6100 (Integrated)
Basic PSU 350w or something, I dont remember
CD Burner, DVD Reader
80GB Hard Drive

I like the fact that Computer #2 is a dual core, however, it does not always seem as fast (computer start up, shut down, when running only one app etc) and it will be used by a child so I do not know if he would benefit from the dual core that much. It would obviously be faster while running a few things at once, but like I said, in the context of what a child is using it for - getting on club penguin, playing basic flash games, would it be better to go with the faster, solid, pentium 4 single core or stick with a dual core? The Dimension is also a black computer (whereas the other has an older white case) and looks newer, which helps in the eyes of a child - just as a sidenote. So basically the main differences are 1) Ram technology and speed, and 2) CPU technology and speed.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Even if someone replies, I'd like to hear several opinions. I greatly appreciate it.

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January 23, 2009 at 18:40:48
getting on club penguin, playing basic flash games, would it be better to go with the faster, solid, pentium 4 single core or stick with a dual core?
I would say the question is, would the nvidia integrated graphics be better, than the crappy dell integrated (intel?) graphics?


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January 23, 2009 at 18:53:53
I understand where you're coming from on graphics - however, graphics are not an issue in this case (because both of them can get online and play something like club penguin with no difference) and when graphics become an issue for this child he'll have to get a better computer to handle it since obviously neither of these are up to any serious graphics anyway. I'd like to hear your opinion on the value of each computer (CPU mainly) for this particular purpose. I appreciate your input!

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January 23, 2009 at 20:29:49
I say ask the child which one he likes best.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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January 23, 2009 at 21:14:46
If the Dell boots up faster, then it's a software issue. Perhaps the second computer is loading more crap @ startup?

That Athlon X2 is better than the P4 in EVERY WAY--and by quite a bit. Doesn't matter if you're multitasking or not; a properly configured X2 will demolish that old P4 in single-threaded applications as well.

The second computer's nvidia video chipset is also much better than the Intel graphics in PC 1 (most likely Intel Extreme 2).

Homebuilt projector:
Samsung 1080p panel
Pixelworks controller
2 HDMI, 2 Component, 1 VGA
Homebuilt enclosure
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Connected to: HTPC w/ BD, satellite receiver, XB360.

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January 24, 2009 at 08:26:09
And the DDR2 RAM is better as well.

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