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Celeron D 326 for a SFF PC for my aunt, a good choice?

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Hey guys, I have literally zero experience with the Celeron D series and I wanted your opinions on this CPU, 326, 2.53GHz (533FSB)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819112207

It only costs $76.70 which is good because this rig needs to primarily be cheap but I was concerned about the 256KB of L2 cache memory, would this seriously hurt performance in general MS Word and the internet/email? My other option would be to get a P4 630 for like $160 but if I did that I would most likely swap CPUs and stick my 530 into my aunt's computer and keep the 630 for me.

The other specs of this rig are my 1GB of DDR2 533 (getting 2GB DDR2 667 for me) and this

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16856101473

Shuttle barebone with 350W PSU and Shuttle mobo (obviously I am not going to OC this thing lol) it also has an onboard Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950.
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I put a Celeron D 2.66Ghz in a rig for my bro and it works just fine for him. I think it's a 330J... but it was about 80 or 85 I believe. it's not the fastest cpu, but he doesn't need the best. he's only 12.
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Lol, my bro is 11 and he has a A64 X2 4400+, 2GB OCZ ELPE DDR600 and is getting the ATI X1900XTX in March! But anyways I was just thinking that $80 more for 4x the cache and 500MHz more clock speed is probably worth it, even if they aren't speed demons, especially because I would be getting a better CPU too lolz (4x the cache would be my 530 with 1MB cache, the 630 would have 8x the cache of the Celeron D!)
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If you're talking about light usage such a 'Net browsing and MSOffice-type applications, a Celly D will never break a sweat. I slapped a 1.7 GHz Celly (Northy based) in a rig for my folks, and I don't think they've taxed even that old of a CPU. You could always use this as an excuse to upgrade yours, but other than that motivation, it really wouldn't be worth the extra money in my opinion.
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Lol, my bro is 11 and he has a A64 X2 4400+, 2GB OCZ ELPE DDR600 and is getting the ATI X1900XTX in March! But anyways I was just thinking that $80 more for 4x the cache and 500MHz more clock speed is probably worth it, even if they aren't speed demons, especially because I would be getting a better CPU too lolz (4x the cache would be my 530 with 1MB cache, the 630 would have 8x the cache of the Celeron D!)
LOL that's pretty crazy for an 11 year old? who's paying for that? my bro paid for his own system... and it's quite a step up from what he had... AMD 500Mhz, 256mb PC100 RAM and an onld 32mb ATI card.
My bro's system is great for general web browsing and it will even play new games at modest resolutions. (his monitor only does 1024x768) He plays Age of Empires III (well he played w/ onboard ATI express 200 graphics..(based on x300) and only 512mb of RAM w/ that cpu)

I'd say the celeron D is a good choice for an entry level system... your Aunt probably won't be playing games or editing videos or anything like that. if she wants something to surf the internet and email her friends/family then it is an excellent choice.
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I know, my parents payed for it. Im on that computer now since my mobo is burned and MAN is it smokin! but anyways I am still undecided if I want the 630 for me or if I should just get this Celeron D for my aunt, this is a hell of a deal though.
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