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    Question Actual value of Celerons

    What are your opinions on Celerons (and Celeron D's)- do you think with enough speed and ram that they are reliable processors or should people just skip right up to more reliable AMD and P4 processors? Thanks!

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    Default Re: Actual value of Celerons

    Regular Celerons are useless. Celeron Ds, however, I could see being worth the money in a few rare situations. Athlon XPs and Semprons tend to dominate them in bang-for-buck, and for most entry-level systems, socket A is the way to go. However, if you need an entry-level video encoding platform or something similar, the Celeron D line is very attractive. Anything else, however, be it an office system or entry-level gaming system, would be much better using an Athlon XP, Sempron, or Athlon 64. The same applies to the socket 478 P4 line (or the mid-range section of it, anyway; EEs should never be used under any circumstances). It's preferable for video encoding, and not much else. The LGA775 line would also apply, but the motherboards are too expensive, so its only use is PCI-E.

    This is all applicable to the U.S. I have no idea if the prices are the same in other countries. I'd imagine it's more competetive in most others, and I know it is in Australia. I'd say the prices are similar enough in Canada that most of what I just said applies there, and possibly to the U.K., as well.

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    Default Re: Actual value of Celerons

    Reguardless of our young friend (see above post) I do believe that Celerons have their place. Yes, they are cheap and yes, they are lacking in cache but as far as reliability they seem to be just as good as most other processors. I find it very humorous that people think they NEED the fastest systems on the market to run an office machine or a casual gameing machine. Do you have any idea how many businesses in todays world are still operating (very nicely) on PII systems?

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    If you are short on cash but want a decent system with the option to upgrade to a P4 chip in the future then a Celeron may be the route to take. It all depends on what you want to do with your system and what you expect in the way of performance. It's really silly to spend 3 or 4 grand on a computer if all you want is a basic word processor and the ability to surf the net. On the other hand if you expect to play Halo2 or Doom3 at full speed with all eyecandy enabled or if you want to encode full length movies on a regular basis then buy the best available (and most expensive) processors on the market.
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    Default Re: Actual value of Celerons

    Thanks for the info, I just needed to be reassured as I am currently really starting to learn about building up a PC- I think I will go with a 478 socket like you mentioned- seems to be pretty versatile and the way with the most future options

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    Default Re: Actual value of Celerons

    Quote Originally Posted by PrairieDawg
    Reguardless of our young friend (see above post) I do believe that Celerons have their place.
    I could have sworn I just said that...

    But I will admit the added upgradiblity of a socket 478 system over a socket A can be attractive to a buyer, assuming you can't cough up enough for a Sempron 3100 and socket 754 board (under $200 U.S. together), which will outperform any Celeron and have much better upgradability than a 478 system.

    But I still say the older line of Celerons are completely useless. The added upgradibilty is not worth the terrible performance offered. The Celeron D 320 is cheaper than most of the older Celeron line and will outperform every single one in almost every single application. The same applies with some of the cheaper Semprons and Athlon XPs (and even Durons or Athlons).

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    Default Re: Actual value of Celerons

    Yea, in certain situations the celeron might be worth it but I'd try and stay away from them if you can. A sempron system would outperform a celeron system.

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    By far they are realy good for overclocking.(the semprons that is)
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    Default Re: Actual value of Celerons

    So are Celeron Ds and Celerons, it's just that the overclocking does much less per MHz in most applications than it does for Semprons.

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    If anyone even thinks of buying a celeron, make sure you are NOT going to be doing much gaming, even generals was a stretch for one of my cunstemers the other day on his brand new Celeron D 330 or 350 or what ever it was. He took it back and we sold him a sempron on a s754 motherboard, for about the same price, it is so much cheeper to build systems custom, compared to buying one from certian bulk retailers, such as future shop, or best buy in the states, and places like that although you can get som ok ones from there if you dont realy care about building your own.

    Back on topic please dont get a celeron of any kind, there are better options for about the same or a little more and you wont regret it.(as much)
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    Default Re: Actual value of Celerons

    Yeah, just the name Celeron makes me cringe. ONLY get a Celeron if you surf the web, and do small applications like Word. Otherwise, NEVER touch a Celeron, run quicky!
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