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intel pentuim 4 v atom n270

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i have a delema between the two which would be better the pentium 4 desktop socket 478 running at 2.8ghz and a acer aspire one netbook with a n270.
they both run integrated graphics and both will have windows 7 and will be used mainly for internet, YouTube and music.
the pentium has 2gb ddr ram and the acer will have 1gb ddr2 ram the netbook will be used as a desktop meaning separate monitor (headless mode)
i know the atom will be more efficient and the pentium is, well old but what would be better. oh and the pentium will have a 80gb ide hdd and the acer will have 40gb sata hdd.
i cant get anything better because i have no money

my grammar is rubbish as i didnt do well at school but i tried my best.
edit: off topic but if i were to sell them how much would i get minus keyboard, mouse and monitor but they will both have wifi
Edited by DAI_JAZZER - 11/29/11 at 10:36pm
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I wanna say go for the netbook just because it's awesome to have something you can take anywhere while still being able to do computer based activities with. Like, if someone asked me whether I'd go with a high end laptop or my current rig, I'd probably go with a high end laptop--assuming I do absolutely little to no gaming.

It doesn't sound like you're planning to game with the thing anyway, so I say go with mobility.
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the netbook will be used as a desktop due to not having a screen and will use external screen and mouse + keyboard
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I'm fairly sure the Pentium 4 would be faster, the closest comparison I found is the AnandTech CPU Bench (P4 660 3.6GHz and Atom 230, nettop version of the N270). The N270 is just a really slow CPU. Plus Windows 7 would be really painful to use with only 1GB of RAM. How much money do you have because maybe we can find something better?
Edited by Ben the OCer - 11/29/11 at 10:47pm
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true but what would be better performance v effeciency wise
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true but what would be better performance v effeciency wise
Well a single-core Atom is the only thing slower than a Pentium 4, that is still sold today. A dual-core Atom or E-350 are pretty much around the same performance as a P4 (this will of course vary since P4s come in many different clock speeds). Any modern desktop CPU will kill a P4 when it comes to performance and power efficiency. Do you need a complete system and again what is your budget? There are many great entry level CPUs like the Pentium G620, Athlon II X2 250, or A4-3300 Llano.
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I am running both platforms right now. This moment. Both with 1GB ram and XP.....
My HTPC is a dual Atom running Windows 7 and 4GB. This is an extremely slow slow slow with the Windows 7.

Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz is running way faster in all aspects even faster than the Dual Atom PC.

My advice is to go with Netbook because it is neat and beautiful and less power hungry.


I will tell you one secret though. DON"T INSTALL WINDOWS 7 on it.
There is a Tiny version of windows XP called "Tiny XP". Look for it and you won't regret it.
After changing from Windows 7 starter to Tiny XP the speed is very close to a Windows 7 intel duo 2ghz !!!!

Install Chrome (not Firefox) and at least 1GB of memory and you will have a functional PC for the purposes you like it too !!!!

Tested from first hand matey
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the p4 is a little faster, but actually both suck

i have a netbook, it is great, also the n270 has hyperthread so it helps sometimes,

i would go for p4, more ram, better cooling, more speed, maybe the disk is 7200rpm vs the 5400 in theacer
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