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I'm currently in the middle of buying my girlfriend a PC to do her for a few weeks until she has the money for me to build her something better.

I've been offered a choice between two desktops for very little money, my query is which one would be the better choice?
I've only ever used AMD myself so i'm a complete Intel noob.

Dell Optiplex GX520 - Pentium D930, 3.0ghz, 2gb RAM, 160gb HDD, usual USB slots etc, CD-Writer/DVD-ROM, Windows XP

or

Dell Optiplex GX620 - Pentium 4, 3.6ghz, 2gb RAM, 160gb HDD, usual USB slots etc, CD-Writer/DVD-ROM, Windows XP

Which would you choose?

Cheers.
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post #2 of 48
from that? I'd pick the pentium D - then you have the LGA775 socket and might be able to upgrade it later for at Core 2 Duo or something =) ..

But to be hornest, those arent really that great systems .. but now you have my choice frem the possibilities
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The GX620 is 80GBP, the GX520 is 60GBP both fully rebuilt, fresh legit version of XP Professional and full office suite.
I think I'll go for the 520 then and keep an eye out for a cheap C2D then.

She only uses it for web browsing and streaming TV on anyway, doesn't need to be a gaming rig.

Thanks for your input
Edited by Fakirr - 5/18/11 at 4:43am
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I just checked the Mobo specs of them both.

The 520 only supports 2GB of RAM, the 620 supports 4GB and the 620 has a PCI-E slot... I've a few sticks of DDR2 in my drawer so I could ge tthe 620 and upgrade it to 4gb and stick w7 on it.

Argh, decisions.
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W7 on a P4 would not be a good move IMO. Even with the extra memory it would likely be too slow to do anything remotely useful.
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Aren't they both socket 775? What socket is that P4?

If she's only using it for video watching and stuff, get her the cheapest one, throw in some low power HTPC card (GT 430/520 or something) and call it a day.

Don't bother with Windows 7 on that, XP is more than good enough for the uses you mentioned (web browsing/movie watching) and will take less of the resources off that system. Pentium D is a re-badged P4 anyway, unless it's a dual core version you're mentioning, in which case go with that.

EDIT: looks like that Pentium D is a dual core, definitely go with it over the P4 then. Just be sure to get a decent quiet aftermarket cooler for it if she can't bear the noise of it, as those Pentiums run hot.
Edited by Am* - 5/18/11 at 5:03am
    
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post #7 of 48
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Originally Posted by Am* View Post
Aren't they both socket 775? What socket is that P4?

If she's only using it for video watching and stuff, get her the cheapest one, throw in some low power HTPC card (GT 430/520 or something) and call it a day.

Don't bother with Windows 7 on that, XP is more than good enough for the uses you mentioned (web browsing/movie watching) and will take less of the resources off that system.
^ I agree with Am*.
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post #8 of 48
Isnt pentium D in its essence two pentium 4 in one capsule?
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post #9 of 48
I'd go with the Opti GX620. Just based upon the fact it's more upgradable, but you will need to make sure the BIOS will accept a C2D.
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Uh. How much money is "very little"?
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