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#1 go_hercules

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 11:54 PM

I have a 12 year old HP desktop that is barely getting by.  It has an old AMD processor, Windows XP, and 1 Gb of ram.  All I really do is surf the web, watch youtube videos, maybe use a tax program, etc.  Would a Intel i3-6100 be plenty, or do I really need like an i5-6400.  Will probably get 8Gb of ram.  Thanks.  By the way, I am assuming I will see quite an increase in performance over my current machine ????????



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 03:54 AM

You don't need even i3, even AMD A6 is more than enough.

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 12:05 PM

No point in installing 8GB RAM if you will use a 32-bit O/S.  32-bit versions of Windows can only utilize a max of 4GB RAM.

 

IMO, for what you would do on the system...a refurb would be just as fine as a totally new system, if money is a consideration.

 

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 12:55 PM

Sorry, I was not clear but this will be the purchase of a brand new pre-built machine.  Probably Dell or Lenovo.  Question was whether i3 is enough for basic stuff.  I was thinking i5 would be overkill for just web surfing, youtube, etc.  Thanks.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 01:07 PM

Even i3 is overkill as said. AMD processors are cheaper and good enough. Just remember to get SSD.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 02:53 PM

Considering that all of the mentioned tasks...have been done by all processors of the last 15 years or so...any CPU from the last 10 years or so could be considered "overkill" :).  The limits of the processors...have never adversely the user's ability to do mundane, ordinary things on a system.  It's usually other components and software...which have been the bottlenecks in moving on to more robust systems, IMO.

 

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 03:02 PM

Thanks guys for that info.



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 05:44 AM

My self i could get you all setup with a new/old system for like $60 but whatever lol.






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