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Intel Core 2 Duo or Dual Core Pentium D?


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Ldee

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I'm looking for a decent system to buy for a family member, budget is about £400. I've seen a few nice looking specs within that price range on ebay, some Pentium D dual core, others Pentium Core 2 Duo. I was initially looking for a Core 2 Duo but after seeing some of these prices I've started to consider Pentium D. These are the main two offers:

Core 2 Duo:
http://cgi.ebay.co.u...1QQcmdZViewItem
I would have gone for something like this.

Pentium D Dual Core:
http://cgi.ebay.co.u...1QQcmdZViewItem
This one has 64bit processing capabilities (don't think they exist on core 2 duo yet..?) and seems to be pretty fast at 6.8ghz (but maybe still not as good as Core 2 Duo 6300?). Not so good ram, ddr400.



Also this one:
http://cgi.ebay.co.u...1QQcmdZViewItem
This one has a slower cpu but 2GB of ddr2 ram and a larger hard disk. I'm not sure if this cpu is 64 bit capable?


What is difference between core 2 duo and the pentium d? I read pentium d is a budget cpu (and great for overclocking, though I won't be considering that straight away). Is there a big performance difference? Which of these systems would any of you suggest? Which is best value? Since first posting this on another site it seems the core 2 duo ebay link shows a different system costing £600, this isn't the exact spec I looked at before. Also someone has said these deals have cpu's that are overclocked, and probably cooled with liquid nitrogen?! I'd appreciate any comments.

Thank you!
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Hi Ldee;

Since Core 2 Duo processors are fairly new to the market you can't really find a good deal on them, but on the other Pentium Ds are now pretty affordable since their an older model of Intel.
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Thanks for the reply. Whats the difference between them though? Pentium D's have 2 cores and they enable hyper threading, they are even 64 bit which I heard the core 2 duo's are not. So what's the advantage in getting a core 2 duo?
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fastest possible response, pD single core seperated into 2, core 2 duo seperae single cores, core 2 duo faster front side buss 1066 mhz, oppssed to 800mhz for pD, L2cache different also
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