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A few computer questions


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Spartan04

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First off thanks to those who read this, I'm new to this forum and I hope I put this thread in the right place. I am choosing between 2 computers to buy and these are my main questions about them.

1. Which one is better?

Intel Viiv 2.13 Ghz Dual-Core Processor (32-Bit)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor 5000+ (64-Bit)

It says the AMD processor is 2.6 Ghz and the Intel one is 2.13. They are both dual core. I heard though that since AMD and Intel are vastly different you can't just compare those 2 numbers and pick the one thats larger. Any help on which one is truly better?

2. I've heard rumors of a 64 bit processor being "useless" if you only have 2 GB of RAM, would the AMD processor be better than the Intel if I only have 2 GB of RAM?

3. Nvidia GeForce 6150LE graphics card is integrated to the motherboard of the computer with the AMD processor, is there a way I can swap it out for a better graphics card?

Thanks in advance, I appreciate it.
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Is it a laptop or a desktop, and what model is the intel chip is it core 1 or core 2, viiv is a different technology that isnt the processor. Most intels now are 64 bit.
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It's a desktop and the intel chip is a core 2, but it is only 32 bit.

Edit: This is what the intel card says: "Intel® Core™2 CPU" E6400 @ 2.13 GHz

Edited by Spartan04, 18 March 2007 - 11:43 AM.

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1) The two are comparable to each other performance-wise, though you can't go by the clock speed or the model number alone. You have to look at a whole range of other technical issues.

2) 32-bit software could be potentially useless if you have more than 4Gb of memory installed. Some older software falls over if you have more than 512Mb.

3) No, but if the board has a separate PCI-Express slot on it (which it may not have depending on which system(s) you're looking at) then you can add one later.
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