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Well, frankly, if the OS is XP, or Windows 2000....sure!


As to load...well, at stock I suppose it's not bad.

It's no louder than a Dell P4 (I have two around here somewhere)...they have very fast/loud fans that really spin to overcome the lint that usually builds up inside.

I don't think you can get this thing as loud as the Dell got.

That Corsair is rather quiet (not silent, but gentle), and the stock fan isn't much compared to the vacuum cleaner thing Dell put on some of those P4's.
Haha Well I actually disconnected the fan on the CPU, it made it much quieter
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Hmm, should I go with the Phenom or the Athlon, I'm so damn confused
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...and if you get 50 posts, you'll get more saying get the X4 because everyone likes more cores and more speed.

I say get the X2 and save the cash if there's a significant difference.
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...and if you get 50 posts, you'll get more saying get the X4 because everyone likes more cores and more speed.

I say get the X2 and save the cash if there's a significant difference.
No actually its the other way around the Athlon X4 is cheaper than the Phenom X2
I'm just a little concerned at choosing the Athlon, because the Phenom got 3 times more L2 Cache
Edited by LTC - 6/8/10 at 4:55pm
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Ah....didn't realize.

Well, your usage profile does benefit from the single thread performance advantage of the X2, but even so the (cheaper, now that I've learned) actually is a better processor overall.

Both are a lot more powerful than the former machine, and some of Word and Excel are threaded (background grammer check for example), so it works out to nearly a wash.

Actually, with AV doing it's live checking, maybe a firewall, the X4 might make a better machine overall.
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ok i'm being serious now an Athlon II X2 should be plenty
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Just ordered the system with the Athlon X4, and threw in some 1066 HyperX DDR2 RAM istead, because the shop where I bought it didn't have the 800 ones
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ok i'm being serious now an Athlon II X2 should be plenty
True, but he'd already had trouble between a Phenom II X2 and the Athlon II X4, the latter was cheaper.

Yep...the Athlon II X2 would have done fine, too.

Now, though, this is going to be a really good Word / Excel / Browser
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True, but he'd already had trouble between a Phenom II X2 and the Athlon II X4, the latter was cheaper.

Yep...the Athlon II X2 would have done fine, too.

Now, though, this is going to be a really good Word / Excel / Browser
Yeah This is my first AMD build!
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