Which CPU is the best buy for running Windows XP for simple web surfing.


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Rafael Pérez

Hello,

I want to add an extra PC to my home network. The pourpose of this PC will
be plain web navigation and running ofimatic software (no fancy multimedia,
or DVD recording)

I already have from old PCs some vintage CDROMs 4x, some HDD 2.5GB and SVGA
displays.

I only need to buy:

-CPU
-Motherboard
-Memory
-Case

I want to do it at the best quality/price ratio for the pourpose of the PC
(net surfing)
I want to run Windows XP is this new PC

I need some help choosing at least the CPU and memory type that would do the
job for a decent price and that would last at least 4 to 5 years of use.

At the cheap price side on CPUs I can find at the stores are:

39 Euros Duron 1300 MHz CPGA Morgan 128/64 KB 200 MHz DDR
40 Euros Duron 1.6 GHz OPGA Applebred 128/64 KB 266 MHz DDR
44 Euros Duron 1.4 GHz OPGA 128/64 KB 266 MHz DDR
44 Euros Celeron 1.2 GHz FC-PGA2 32/256 KB 100 MHz
49 Euros Duron 1.8 GHz OPGA Applebred 128/64 KB 266 MHz DDR
49 Euros Celeron 1.3 GHz FC-PCA2 32/256 KB
54 Euros Athlon 1333 MHz Thunderbird 128/256 KB 266 MHz DDR
54 Euros Athlon XP 1800+ 128/256 KB 266 MHz DDR
64 Euros Celeron 1.4 GHz FC-PCA2 boxed 32/256 KB 100 MHz
(prices are all tax included)

What would be the best buy?

Thank you,

Raael Perez
 
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Peter

The man is correct.. You need something in the neighborhood of 2 gigs+ just
to install XP Home.. i beleive the minumum suggested RAm is 256......ain't
enough either, i would go a marginal minimum of 512 even when not running
any graphics intense stuff. NOBODY ever says, "gee, i have way too much RAM
installed"......

You can probably get an AMD 1 gig or better CPU for under $100, mine is
only 1.3 Thunderbird and is still very satisfactory for my needs anyway.
Asus still makes the a7v mobo which works very well with the AMD cpus up to
a little overr a gig....you will need a full ATX case for this mobo...There
are tons of styles.. Get yourself an LG 52x24x52x CD Burner for about 40
bucks and it will be there in case you wanna burn a CD and of course can be
used as a conventional cd-rom.. 2 for 1.....You could do many other things,
but this configuration should keep you happy and be a very respectable PC.
Just my 2 cents worth..

Go to Pricewatch.com and search...
 
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Rafael Pérez

Thanks for your input.

Peter said:
The man is correct.. You need something in the neighborhood of 2 gigs+ just
to install XP Home.. i beleive the minumum suggested RAm is 256......ain't
enough either, i would go a marginal minimum of 512 even when not running
any graphics intense stuff. NOBODY ever says, "gee, i have way too much RAM
installed"......

You can probably get an AMD 1 gig or better CPU for under $100, mine is
only 1.3 Thunderbird and is still very satisfactory for my needs anyway.
Asus still makes the a7v mobo which works very well with the AMD cpus up to
a little overr a gig....you will need a full ATX case for this mobo...There
are tons of styles.. Get yourself an LG 52x24x52x CD Burner for about 40
bucks and it will be there in case you wanna burn a CD and of course can be
used as a conventional cd-rom.. 2 for 1.....You could do many other things,
but this configuration should keep you happy and be a very respectable PC.
Just my 2 cents worth..

Go to Pricewatch.com and search...
 

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