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Old 07-29-2009, 07:57 PM   #1
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I have a delima in which I hope my fellow members here can help me decide. I am researching and deciding on parts for the new computer for the family, and I am not sure which processor to go with here. When I was first going through my research, I picked out the C2D E7400. I think it would suit the needs very well for a family computer, but I was hoping for something cheaper. Later on as I was looking through Intel's processors. I found that I had the option of the less powerful, but cheaper E5200. Here is where my delima sets in. The computer will be used for web browsing, e-mail checking, and some music programs. I don't expect the system to really undergo a whole lot of multitasking or stress, but I want the computer's upgrades to last a long time. I plan to be running Windows 7 on the build. So, if you would be so kind, please vote and post your processor of choice, and what you think makes it the best candidate For your convince , since you are doing me a favor, I've listed the specs of each below, and a link to newegg's page.

First, the less expensive of the two:
Intel Core 2 Duo E5200 @ $65.99
Core: Wolfdale
Operating Frequency: 2.5GHz
FSB: 800MHz
L2 Cache: 2MB
Manufacturing Tech: 45 nm
Newegg page: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116072

Secondly, the more expensive, but more powerful:
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 109.99
Core: Wolfdale
Operating Frequency: 2.8GHz
FSB: 1066MHz
L2 Cache: 3MB
Manufacturing Tech: 45 nm
Newegg page: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115206

I will again stress that budget is as low as possible, yet if it's worth the extra money say so. The E7400 costs $44 more.

Again thanks to all those who give a helpful opinion
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:04 PM   #2
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then i'd go with the e5200
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I would try to hold out for Labor Day if you can.
There will probably be big sales and you will be able to get the E7400 for a little more then the price of the E5200 now.
Unless of course you need it now.
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I would go for the E5200 if it's just for everyday use.
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The cheaper one if not used for gaming.
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Default Re: E5200 or E7400?

^
Well Holysky I don't plan to overclock this unit. It is going to be on a 400w power supply, and I want it to run as cool and power friendly as possible.

@whyfly: I don't need these parts immediately, so I might consider holding out until the sales. However, I would still like to get everyone's opinions of the two processors and their value for the situation
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The E7400 will run cooler for sure, but you shouldn't have any heating problems with any modern CPU that is not oc'ed
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^You say the 7400 will run cooler than the 5200?
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I'm pretty sure they would run about the same temps as they are both 45 nm.
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Maybe a few degrees celcius

Not worth it if you want it to run cooler. Just pick up the 5200
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