I'm ordering a Lenovo Thinkpad T-series, and I need to choose between the Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 (2.8 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) and the T9400 (2.53 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB).
The latop will have 256 MB discrete graphics, 4MB 1066 MHz RAM, and run XP for now (with possible future upgrade to Vista Ultimate).
I crunch a lot of numbers (Oracle, Access, Sage MAS90, Excel) and occasionally use Dragon Naturally Speaking preferred software. I will not do gaming on this machine.
Given my needs, should I specifiy the T9600 over the T9400, even though the $275 greater cost seems high given what I guess is about a 10% increase in raw processing power? Is the processor the rate-limiting step in computer performance, given my other components?