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post #21 of 31
Why would she need an i5 2400? she does video encoding alot?
    
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post #22 of 31
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Why would she need an i5 2400? she does video encoding alot?
wondering the same thing here, amd would be tons cheaper for a amd athlon ii x4 and the mobo would be cheaper too, maybe..... i don't know for sure
post #23 of 31
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I currently have an AMD system, and normally i swear by them, but i figured spend a little bit more on a better CPU and it will last her that little bit longer.
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post #24 of 31
Why not build something a little on the lighter side? AII X4, 4GB of ram, decent cheap board (no overclocking), CX400w PSU, 5570, 500GB drive, cheap case.
 
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post #25 of 31
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Was pricing up an AMD system just before, and tbh, i could get 6 cores for less than the i5. I was just sceptical i suppose. Being that sandy bridge is so popular, I guess i wanted to try it out. Before i handed it back over ofc

Currently contemplating upgrading to sandy bridge, although with a compatible ivy bridge board. Kinda swayed me to buying the i5 for her. But with the value for money that AMD offers I would be crazy to not take advantage of that. Good input, thanks guys.
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post #26 of 31
Frankly, a Sandy Bridge i5 walks all over a Phenom II X6 in almost every situation, except where having more cores can really make a difference.
Unless your mother is into encoding HD videos or rendering 3D though, a Phenom II X6 would be wasted. Personally I'd look into a Core i3.
post #27 of 31
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The idea behind the hex core was to future proof the computer. Whos to say that hex cores wont be the norm in 1 or 2 years. Plus the difference between the i3 and the lowest hex core is 30$.

I feel that a higher quad core would be more beneficial to her than a lower hex core. True? 965 perhaps? Cheaper again by 10$ compared to the hex. So 20$ more than the i3 2100T or 2120. Also motherboards with Sata 3 and USB 3 on the sandy bridge series seem to be a bit more expensive than the AMD's(+30).
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post #28 of 31
It still depends on what your mother actually does with her computer. If all she does is web browsing, simple office work and the like, there are tons of people doing exactly that perfectly fine on Pentium Dual Core PCs from 5 years ago, so that's why I don't see a need to spend extra on quad cores, much less hex cores. In the end it's up to you though
post #29 of 31
If I was in your situation this is what I would get.

Case
PSU
MotherBoard
CPU
RAM
Hard Drive

Total = $492.00 + Postage.

Or if you want AMD;
MotherBoard
CPU

Australian website too
I always buy from them, they have the most amazing customer service and they always ship your stuff out fast, they also take a lot of care with the packaging.
Edited by dragneel - 4/22/11 at 7:31am
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post #30 of 31
Low end dual cores are still the optimum point for home/office users who won't be doing anything intensive.

In my experience:

Pentium 3 1GHz: sloooooooowwww aaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggghhhhhhh
Pentium 4 3GHz: Slow enough to be irritating
Athlon64 4000+: Quite usable, but lags in places
Athlon64 x2 5000+: Barely lags at all
Pentium Dual Core 2GHz+: Perfect
Core 2 Duo 2GHz+: Perfect
Athlon II X2 2GHz+: Perfect
Core i3: Not noticeable over Core 2 Duo 99% of time
Athlon II X4: Not noticeable over X2 99% of time
Core 2 Quad: Not noticeable over Duo 99% of time
i5/i7: Wasted
Thuban: Wasted



A dual core processor equivalent to a Core 2 Duo 2.0-3.0GHz is perfect for 90% of home users.
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