Worth the $$$?

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  1. Element

    Element OT Supporter

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    I am configuring a Dell XPS1210 right now, and am curious to what the OT computer gurus think about upgrading the processor.

    The processor I have selected currently is the T7400 which is at a speed of 2.16GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 667 MHz FSB. There is a T7600 2.33GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 667 MHz FSB upgrade for another $270 CDN. Is it worth the price difference?

    The rest of the computer is pretty much loaded with 2GB of Ram, and a 160GB, 7200 RPM HDD, as well as a 256MB video card.

    Not sure if the 0.17GHz is worth the $270 difference.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    It's a dell... don't do it. You can build a better machine.
     
  3. 7960

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    To answer your question, do you believe you're going to notice a difference between 2.16GHz and 2.33GHz?
     
  4. Element

    Element OT Supporter

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    What do you recommend thats comparable to the XPS? Having trouble finding a PC that is comparable to the one I have built out.
     
  5. gnp

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    no
     
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    Does an XPS start at $1300?

    what a fucking rip-off.
     
  7. hurleyint1386

    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    Edit: Sorry, didnt notice the laptop part...


    Get a MacBook Pro :cool:
     
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  8. Element

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    Yup thats where they START....

    What else do I get? I need a small laptop but with serious performance.
     
  9. P07r0457

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    IBM or Asus or Apple.
     
  10. hurleyint1386

    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    All of those options are great... and IBM strictly, not necessarily Lenovo. They just aren't the same
     
  11. Element

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    Those three are all priced about the same if not more with lesser specs.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    blasphemy. the dell is fucking shity crap. Avoid at all costs.
     
  13. DAN513

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    I've got a couple of xps 1210's in my office, they're good little machines.

    I really doubt you'd ever be able to tell the difference in cpu, save the money.
     
  14. deusexaethera

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    Regardless of brand, at this point in time you'll notice the most difference by adding more cores, followed in second by increasing motherboard speed, followed last by adding CPU MHz. CPUs have gotten so bleeding fast now that nothing else in the computer can keep up, so making them faster doesn't accomplish anything -- that's why you still see CPUs topping out in the 3GHz range.
     
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    I have an M1210 and LOVE it.
     
  16. gnp

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    idk maybe its because i am typing this on an ibm model m (buckling spring) keyboard from the 1980's....but ibm builds quality shit.period.
     
  17. JaJae

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    Yea but they'll probably still be working in 6 months. You get what you pay for. Take your chances with Dell or take your chances with Asus, IBM. Your choice. No right or wrong. If you'd rather save a few bucks and deal with Dell service/reliability then that's cool. A lot of people have some luck. Just make sure you know what you're getting into. Personally I'd go with a lesser system and have the sound mind that it will work and if anything goes wrong I'll be treated well.

    Also even though the Dells typically have higher specs, they perform slower than quality counterparts. You put those Dell specs against a quality brand of comparable speccs and it will be out-performed, hands down, every time. Dell uses generic shitty components made on the cheap. If you buy an Asus you'll be getting quality components. That not only increase reliability, but it increases performance. It means you have to pay more for the same speccs though.

    It's like anything else with computers. You can go home and specc out a desktop with an E6600 CPU matched with a Jetway motherboard and 1GB generic memory. You might save yourself $50 over an Asus/Intel MB and 1GB Corsair memory, but your system will be less stable, slower and less reliable. But hey, you got your E6600 specc and your memory specc... Good luck when something breaks though.
     
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  18. brokengold

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    how the hell am I supposed to even think about buying an Azus if there is no online store on their website? no links to pricing
     
  19. P07r0457

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    you buy asus thru resellers. just like asus motherboards.
     
  20. JaJae

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    The Dell you priced was over $2k right?

    Don't forget you can usually upgrade memory cheaper than the cost of online builds... they get you witht he memory. You can often buy harddrives cheaper as well, etc. Do some research before you buy.

    This looks comparable to the XPS you specified.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220124
    Slower processor/hd, much faster video card. But it's similar. Two year parts and labor warranty on it.
     
  22. kaygee08

    kaygee08 Get me a Jäger Drip, Nurse!!!

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    slower hd & processor ftl.
     
  23. JaJae

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    Well they'll likely both still be working in the next few years... that's always a bonus in my book.
     

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