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Don't waste your time upgrading to anything less than 3.0GHz with at least 4 MB RAM or better yet, since prices have continued to fall, for a quad processor at least 2.0GHz.
2 Core duo is now what a fast Pentium 4 processor was to the 2.0 GHz core duo when they first came out.
Best bang for the buck is currently the i7-920. Yeah, I know, a triple Itanium (24 cores) has bested my Passmark score by an unbelievable margin (only too bad Pr is not supported on the 74xx CPU's), so I only have second place on their top-20 list but still it is a cheap and good performer.
It's the same with computers, as it was back when I raced "sporty cars." No matter what you have, there will always be someone with something faster - you have to hope that they are not in your "class."
you're probably right- but with the Inspiron I can't upgrade to 4GB of Ram and the best processor I can upgrade to is 2.16 GHZ- So I'm gonna do that for now, knowing full well an upgrade to a new computer system is imminent
Thanks for your help
Haven't heard of those yet- I will google it
That would be nice- the I7, though as you say seems the way to go for now.
Thanks I will let you know if my quick fix 2.16 ghz cpu upgrade makes much of a difference-