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By ebgasper ·
We are currently about to purchase four computers and one of my peers recommended computers with the Intel Celeron processor. The computers will be running Windows XP operating system. Can anyone provide me with any pros and cons about this processor.

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by Oz_Media In reply to Processor

eleron is basically designed for low end low cost machines, generally student emachines or limited use home machines for general email and web surfing.

A PIII will offer split level2 caching and much faster performance due to higher Front Side Bus (FSB)clocking speeds than Celeron procesors.

A Pentium 4 has a faster FSB still making i tmore suitable for powerdesktops and mulitmedia processing.

Bottom line, you'll get exctly what you pay for, Celeron will lead to numerous crashes, slow network performace than Pentium processors.

Windows XP is has EXTREMELY high resource needs,it is a slow running OS if you don't have LOTS of RAM and a fast FSB. Celeron with XP would be a scary thought in for any business application. I worked at a company where I recommended a certain line of PC's, they took my advice but then went out and bought almost a dozen Celerom drive machines, there are still two left that I have isolated from the network, the others went home with users for the kids at a good price, they required more maintenaance than anything I've ever used and were CONSTANTLY crashing and causing peoblems.

They are NOT designed for business use, do yourself a favour, SPEND the Pentium money you will NEVER look back and regret it, unless you go with Celerons of course.

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by Oz_Media In reply to

Lastly I would avoid no name white boxes. I have been there done that and now only deal with OEM's, mainly Compaq EVO or IBM Intellistations. They are designed for business, they have great support, 5-year on site warranties, a better support center than retail machines and all of your drivers and updates are found at a single site, often as a single file.

Buy your computer ONCE and have them work for years. OR Buy your computers and upgrade each year, try to find compatible drivers and BIOS updates, search high and low for parts manufacturers who you can MAIL your harware to for possible repair or replacement.

It's your choice, time and money, spend now save later.

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by ebgasper In reply to

Thank you very much for your response. Because of your informative response, we decided not to purchase the computer.

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by TheChas In reply to Processor

It depends on how you are using your systems.

For general home and office use, Celeron CPUs will work just fine.

For CAD work, video editing, or high end games, you will want the additional power of a P4.

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to

Just a side thought,

Many of the name brand systems with Celeron processors are "price point" systems.

They tend to have on-board or integrated video.
On-Board video will slow down system performance much more than the difference between a Celeron and a Pentium CPU.

Chas

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by ebgasper In reply to

Thank you very much for your response. Because of your informative response, we decided not to purchase the computer.

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by Juergen Hartl In reply to Processor

If you are considering a Celeron processor then price seems to be an important consideration. In that case I would look into buying AMD based systems. A comparable priced system will always outperform a Celeron based system!
In general previous answers are correct, however it is more important to have more memory (at least 256Mb) and an adequate grafics card than pure precessor power. Any processor with more than 1.2Ghz will run XP in a acceptable manner.

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by ebgasper In reply to

Thank you very much for your response. Because of your informative response, we decided not to purchase the computer.

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by Mr-Rich In reply to Processor

If you are considering Intel processors, stay away from Celeron. Some Celerons have cache *not much)and some do not. XP is a complicated OS and need taken care of to operate properly. Down the road Celeron will definitely give you problems. PIII & P4 are ok if you have money. AMD based systems will outperform Intel's Celeron and most P3 & P4 systems. I personally have a P4 2ghz and 2 Athlon 1.3ghz system. Both Atlons out perform the P4 in all software process. I spent less than $700 for ea Athlon and approx $2000 for the P4. This is my opinion, I am into video editing and gaming, so I need the best performance. Of cours I just purchase 2 new processor for my Athlon systems, that makes another $200 invested. And my P4, sitting in the closet with my Amiga and Franklin.

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by ebgasper In reply to

Thank you very much for your response. Because of your informative response, we decided not to purchase the computer.

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