Computer question

Fugazi

Professional
Hello, I have an OLD computer: Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz processor, 192 MB of RAM.

My question is this: How much faster would a dual core Pentium B950 (B570) laptop be? (2 GHz processor, 3GB of RAM).

Thanks
 
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autumn_leaf

Hall of Fame
your computer looked fine for most things till i got to the ram. wow. wonder if you could just replace the ram in your current setup.

then again it depends on what you want your computer to do. if i were testing it against a computer game then the laptop would probably be around 2-10 times faster on any given game, though i would say any current titles would require at least 256mb of ram while averaging 512mb.
 

esgee48

Legend
The answer will depend on what you want to do with your new computer. From a strictly speed of executing instructions pov, you may see a 2-3x increase. That's if you run the same software. Can't give a precise answer because your old system may be tuned for running what's on there now. New software is bloated; new OS's are bloated if Apple or MS. If you plan on making movies, doing lots of graphical rendering, etc. the new machine is not enough. Think 4 core, 16-32 GB memory and 1 TB HD. It is probably OK for game play depending on the graphics card.

If your old machine can be upgraded to 4 GB of memory, it will probably run at least 2x faster.
 

Fugazi

Professional
Thanks guys. I'm not looking for high performance at all, I don't really play video games or watch movies on the computer. I basically want a computer that stays fast even with 3-4 simultaneous programs running, and when I play Flash vids or YouTube. I'm thinking of getting either the dual core Pentium or an Intel 3 processor.
 

FlamEnemY

Hall of Fame
^ It's going to be perfectly fine for your needs.

On the other hand, Flash is know for bringing down brand new multicore, multigigahertz computers to their knees.

I hate Flash.

Really.
 

Fugazi

Professional
Turns out I will probably go for an i5-2450M laptop. Two choices:

1) Acer i5-2450M: processor speed is 2.5 GHz, RAM is 8 GB, RAM speed is 1333, two processor cores (dual core).

2) Samsung i5-2450M: only difference is that the processor speed is 2.45 GHz instead of 2.5.

What do you think? I know Acer doesn't have the best reputation compared to Samsung, but I'd like to to know if the extra 100$ (115$ with taxes) is worth it.
 

autumn_leaf

Hall of Fame
^ It's going to be perfectly fine for your needs.

On the other hand, Flash is know for bringing down brand new multicore, multigigahertz computers to their knees.

I hate Flash.

Really.
I agree with this. It's very cpu intensive. Streaming videos online also tends to heat up laptops pretty quickly, this goes the same with flash based games.
 

autumn_leaf

Hall of Fame
Turns out I will probably go for an i5-2450M laptop. Two choices:

1) Acer i5-2450M: processor speed is 2.5 GHz, RAM is 8 GB, RAM speed is 1333, two processor cores (dual core).

2) Samsung i5-2450M: only difference is that the processor speed is 2.45 GHz instead of 2.5.

What do you think? I know Acer doesn't have the best reputation compared to Samsung, but I'd like to to know if the extra 100$ (115$ with taxes) is worth it.
I would look up reviews on both, Amazon tends to be a good place. I switched to macbooks because all my window's laptops broke within 3 years without doing anything but word processing and streaming videos.
 

Fugazi

Professional
Reviews are good for the Samsung. Not sure about the Acer, didn't find anything. I'm even considering an i7-2670 from Dell (same price as the Samsung, but not sure about the quality. Any Thoughts?)
 

Hitman99

Rookie
I would stick with Intel chips. Last time I had one of my 'puters in for service, I got a long lecture about why Intel chips are the sturdiest. He was particularly down on Acer products.
 
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