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E6300 vs E6400, 533MHZ ram vs 667MHz

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Hi guys.

Like I said earlier I intend to buy a BRAND PC for a family relative.
The best offer I received was from Dell, which has a discount coupon that makes things much cheaper.

The only problem is that this coupon only lets you choose 533MHz DDR II memory, and E6300(and not E6400 like I wanted).
getting an E6400+667mhz memory means going on a completely different model which will cost atleast +300$.

For the short & long term(since he'd be using this computer for atleast 4-5 years), how big is the performence difference?
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Since you can't overclock a Dell, and the 1:1 ratio CPU:RAM is with DDR2 533, the increase in RAM speed will not make *that* much of a difference. The DDR2 667 will be slightly faster, but not by a whole lot (I did test runs on my rig, with RAM at DDR2 667 speeds and DDR2 1000 speeds, and the SuperPi 1MB times were 17.047 seconds and 16.734 seconds respectively, all else equal - FSB = 333MHz, CPU Speed 2.66GHz). Since the speed difference between DDR2 533 and DDR2 667 is less than in my case, the difference would be even less.

The CPU speed will make an impact, but hey, and E6300 is already at the top of performance... I don't know what he wants to use the rig for, but for general family use (including gaming), the E6300 should be just fine. There is roughly a 15% clock speed difference, which should translate in a similar performance increase for the E6400.

IMO.... if budget matters, it's not really worth it. The E6300 will work just fine.
    
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You should just get a 6300 and overclock it. Then again the 6400 will overclock farther.
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You should just get a 6300 and overclock it. Then again the 6400 will overclock farther.
But as Chozart said, I too, don't think that you can overclock a dell.
    
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And he's in Israel... parts there are expensive, so a Dell might actually be a good price solution... despite all the complaints I expect about Dell's in the upcoming posts
    
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No complaints from me. Get the Dell.

e6300 + 553 ram...good times.
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Hey guys.. thanks for the help again

I am indeed from Israel, but he is from the US. I'm just picking a machine for him to buy. Like I said, he prefers Dell for their service & warranty.

Anyway, even if overclocking is possible, I will not be able to do it, since it's hard to overclock overseas, especially with a DELL!
If I was in the US I would just build a machine for him and overclock it. But I'm not

I'm not worried about how the E6300 will perform today. This guy has a PII(or PIII) machine at home, with windows98. So like you see he likes to keep his computers around for awhile(5+ years).

I actually might still have an extra 200$-300$ to play around with. But since the E6400 only costs about +50 extra, and a 667MHz memory costs about the same, I will be just wasting 250$ for this upgrade(since I won't use my coupon).

Thinking about the long term(5+ years from now), will it make much of a difference whether I take an E6300/E6400? It doesn't sound like a good invesement to add 250$-300$ just for that.

Guy.

P.S: Regarding the remark that Dell might be a good solution in Israel. Actually in Israel most people are pretty knowledgeable in PCs. Brand PCs hardly sell desktop computers here. People buy pre-built computers, but they choose the parts that they want.
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