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    Need New Computer, Fast & Reliable, Core 2 Duo

    Need to buy a new computer. Needs to be reliable with back up drive (as will be used mainly for online shop site), fast and preferably pay next year. Thinking of Dell for reliability and they do the back up drive but does anyone know any good deals? And can anyone please explain to me the difference between Dual Core and Core 2 Duo?

    Thanks!

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    core 2 duo is a lot faster and more advanced than pentium dual core, think they have a faster serial bus or something, you'll see it'll say 6.8ghz dual core pc on like ebay, but it is just a gimmic whereas a 1.8ghz core 2 duo, will no doubetly will beat that, go for dell they're seems to be a lot of deals on them, i'd choose an intel over amd.

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    Thanks for that explanation. That really helps.

    Dual core means that it's got two processors on one chip. Most processors these days are dual-cores including the Core 2 duos, Athlon X2s and Pentium Dual-cores.

    Core 2 duo is a range of processors from intel, currently it's their middle range above the celerons and pentium dual-cores but below the Core 2 Quads.

    If it's to be used for a shop site then wouldn't a server be a better choice than a desktop PC?

    When you say backup drive what sort of thing are you talking about? Raid 1? External hard drive? Tape drive? Hotswap caddies?

    moneysaverraver;2806809

    core 2 duo is a lot faster and more advanced than pentium dual core, … core 2 duo is a lot faster and more advanced than pentium dual core, think they have a faster serial bus or something, you'll see it'll say 6.8ghz dual core pc on like ebay, but it is just a gimmic whereas a 1.8ghz core 2 duo, will no doubetly will beat that.



    I wish people who do not know what they are talking about would not try to help.

    A dual core processor is one that has 2 cores (or CPUs) in it. Hardly surprising given the name.
    It is a generic term and both Intel and AMD make dual core processors.

    Intel brand some of their dual core processor as Intel Core 2 Duo. These have numbers like E4300, E6600, E8500 and so on.

    Their lower end dual core processors are branded as Intel Pentium Dual Core. They use EXACTLY the same architecture as the Intel Core 2 Duo, but the have lower "clock" speeds and less cache than their "Core 2 Duo" big brothers so are slower. They have numbers like E2140, E2220 etc.

    (Before anyone comments I know that some of the new Intel Core 2 Duo processors with numbers like E8200, E8440 etc do have a newer technology than the Intel Pentium Dual Core but they are only the top end CPUs)

    As a rule the Intel Core 2 Duo processors are better and faster than the Pentium Dual Core.

    >have a faster serial bus or something

    This comment is totally midleading as their is no "serial bus" in a CPU.

    CPU speed is limited by things like clock speed and cache, the faster the clock speed and the more cache there is the faster the CPU.

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    guilbert53;2807757

    I wish people who do not know what they are talking about would not try … I wish people who do not know what they are talking about would not try to help.A dual core processor is one that has 2 cores (or CPUs) in it. Hardly surprising given the name.It is a generic term and both Intel and AMD make dual core processors.Intel brand some of their dual core processor as Intel Core 2 Duo. These have numbers like E4300, E6600, E8500 and so on.Their lower end dual core processors are branded as Intel Pentium Dual Core. They use EXACTLY the same architecture as the Intel Core 2 Duo, but the have lower "clock" speeds and less cache than their "Core 2 Duo" big brothers so are slower. They have numbers like E2140, E2220 etc. (Before anyone comments I know that some of the new Intel Core 2 Duo processors with numbers like E8200, E8440 etc do have a newer technology than the Intel Pentium Dual Core but they are only the top end CPUs)As a rule the Intel Core 2 Duo processors are better and faster than the Pentium Dual Core. >have a faster serial bus or somethingThis comment is totally midleading as their is no "serial bus" in a CPU. CPU speed is limited by things like clock speed and cache, the faster the clock speed and the more cache there is the faster the CPU.



    heck sorry, cache that's what i ment.

    Original Poster

    You've lost me with all this tech. speak! But hope I'm learning something!

    Just remembered I was looking at quad processors, so should I go for an Intel quad processor? Not sure what is meant by a 'server'. We are expecting the shop to grow rapidly so really want to get something that will last for a while. By the back up drive, not sure what Dell say about it, but I think it is an extra drive and comes with software which automatically backs up the primary drive. Really need this function in case of hard drive failure.

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    i don't think your gonna be need a quad core processor if all your gonna be doing is running your online shop site, you won't need a server if your not running more than a few pc's on high demand, as for a back up drive, i suggest you buy an external hard drive as a backup drive, how much are you looking to spend? shoot me if i'm wrong guilbert, you are the 'pc man' aren't you.

    Original Poster

    I do a lot of photos as well and run a lot of programs at once so maybe a quad processor would be a good long term bet - don't want to have to change again for a while. I won't need a server. I run the website from my computer only. I just want something that backs up automatically. Probably spend about £500-£600.

    Thanks for all the advice.

    leon7mar;2827550

    I do a lot of photos as well and run a lot of programs at once so maybe a … I do a lot of photos as well and run a lot of programs at once so maybe a quad processor would be a good long term bet - don't want to have to change again for a while. I won't need a server. I run the website from my computer only. I just want something that backs up automatically. Probably spend about £500-£600. Thanks for all the advice.



    You're running the website from the same computer you're using everyday?

    I think you need to talk to someone with experience of this, setting up an online shop has to be done properly if you're handling credit card and customer information, if you're expecting rapid growth then you'll want to get the hardware right as well.

    I can't think of any website-hosting specific forums off hand but if you don't get any good help here the ]CastleCops forum might be able to help, it's an online security site so if there's nobody there that can help then will at least be able to direct you somewhere more appropriate.

    With the backup drive it sounds like you might be talking about RAID 1 which duplicates data over two drives so if one dies the server can carry on while you replace it. You need to backup as well though since it's not proof against other disasters.
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