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Computers: What to buy

April 27, 2011

First and foremost, look at the Processor type. There are few to AVOID COMPLETELY and some to LOVE!

AVOID THESE PROCESSORS

  • INTEL CELERON (Slow, small l2 cache)
  • INTEL CELERON M (Slow, small l2 cache)
  • INTEL CELERON D (Slow, small l2 cache)
  • INTEL CELERON X2 (Slow, unreliable, hot)
  • AMD SEMPRON (Slow, unreliable, hot)
  • AMD SEMPRON M (Slow, unreliable, hot)
  • AMD TURION 64 (Dated)
  • AMD SEMPRON X2 (unreliable, hot)
  • INTEL PENTIUM M (Dated)
  • PENTIUM 4 PRESCOTT CORE (Ranges from 2.6GHz to 3.2GHz and fits in a 775 socket. VERY HOT)
  • INTEL PENTIUM D (Dated, runs VERY HOT)

LOVE THESE PROCESSORS

  • Intel Core Series (light, fast enough)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Series (Very cool, quite fast)
  • Intel Pentium T series (Many are Re-branded core2 duos)
  • Intel Pentium E series (Core2 duos, renamed)
  • Intel Pentium i3/i5/i7 (Newest in the lineup)
  • AMD 64 X2 (Old, but powerful. A bit hot)
  • AMD Turion X2 (Old, but powerful. A bit hot)
  • Intel ATOM (New, runs very cool)
  • Anything that has an NVIDIA ION II running in it! (Because it’s awesome! That’s why)

Other things to consider:

  • Don’t buy it if there’s less than 1GB of RAM in it.
  • Dont buy if the hard drive is 80GB or less. This could indicate age. Hard drives are the #1 part in PCs that die.
  • Don’t buy if it has food or a sugary drink spilled on it, EVER. Sugary drinks coat copper contacts and can mess with normal electronic functions, it can burn out / unbalance fans, etc.
  • Don’t buy if the screen has artifacts or a lot of dead pixels.
  • Try to get a warranty out of it in writing. Even 60 days is good from a used PC. (Of course I offer all those things in my shop!)
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