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Desktop PC - Intel or AMD

Hi friends,

Kindly let me know whether i should go for

Pentium 4 processor ( Processor 641) with 2 MB L2 Cache, 3.2 GHz processor with 800 MHz FSB

Or

AMD Athlon 3000+ (2000 MHz) with 512 KB L2 cache, 1600 MHz System bus.

The desktops will be used extensively for Microsoft applications like excel, word, and outlook. Also it will be used for accessing SAP servers.

Please advice.

Regards,
Prasad Patil
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I seriously doubt you'll notice any significant differences for the work you expect to be doing with them.  Office tasks are RARELY processor intensive and the server is going to be more of a factor for SAP than the client, I would expect.  I'd go with the cheaper system.
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trpum1c1Author Commented:
Are there any issues with regards to environment in which the pcs are going to be used with respect to the heat dissipation by the 2 different CPU's.

regards,
Prasad
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
There should be no significant issues unless you're running them in environments that are potentially detrimental.  If they are in an office setting then there should be no issues (assuming the office isn't kept at 90F or hotter)
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trpum1c1Author Commented:
Thanks Leew,

Actually some of the desktops will be used in an enviroment like production shop office, assembly line, paint shop, etc where the surrounding temperature might be an issue.

In this case will it affect which of the CPU's i decide.

Regards,
Prasad
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Heat is NOT electronics best friend.  You want to keep it as cool as reasonably possible.  In those environments, I'd be more concerned with dust buildup - I'd be sure to periodically (every 3-6 months, dependong on the environment) open the case and vacuum/blow out the inside with compressed air.
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garycaseCommented:
Given the environmental conditions you've described, I'd recommend going with the AMD's  (I hate to say that, as I'm an "Intel guy").   They run cooler than Intel CPU's and, all other things being equal (case ventilation, exterior temperature, etc.) are less likely to overheat in an environment that's warmer than a "PC friendly" office.   The difference is less pronounced with a Cedar Mill CPU (like the 641) than with a Prescott, but the AMD will still be cooler.   (Personally, I'd still use the Intel -- but to honestly answer your question I have to admit that the AMD is a cooler-running CPU.)

I agree with leew that with the applications you've described there won't be any notable performance difference -- most people rarely stress their CPU's above 10% (if that) when running Office applications.   As an example, at this instant -- with Excel open and Internet Explorer open (to respond to this question) my CPU is bouncing between 0 and 2% utilization.   There ARE a few CPU-intensive things I do; but MOST of the time my CPU is well below 5%  (it's a 3.4GHz P-IV).

Do be sure that you schedule a periodic cleaning of the PC's case, as leew noted.   Blowing out the dust helps a LOT to keep the CPU running at reasonable temps.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
so my comments were of no help?  That why there was no points split?
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trpum1c1Author Commented:
Hey Leew,

Don't feel bad -- buddy.

Actually i posted a comment that i wanted to split points but didn't know how to do the same.

Your comments were immediate and helpful.

I wanted to split the points 75 to Gary and 50 to you.

Can i do something to change it.

Regards,
Prasad Patil
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