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SSD Or Better Processor.

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I have an XPS Studio 1340 4GB RAM, 2.6 GHz processor, 500GB HD with 6MB L2 Cache. I bought this for 970$ before 1.5 yrs.
Now I am getting an Core i5 for the same money.
Is it better to get a faster processor or get an SSD
Suppose I have a Core i5-560M with 2.6 GHz with 500 GB HD with 3MB Cache.
and if I put a 256 GB SSD on the above processor. Which will be faster and why?
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"faster" depends entirely on what you intend to use the computer for...

the XPS Studio is a Pentium 4 or a Core2Duo?

What do you do with your computer - day to day?

What kinds of things are you hoping to improve performance on?
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@otter77:
It is a Core 2 Duo processor.
@tsgiannis:
Thank you. I understood what you are trying to say.
@aboo_s:
okay thanks. I thought that SSD will increase the speed of a video game. I have a decent graphics card. Nvidia 256MB. So, I thought I shall go for SSD. I will not be playing games though. I use Compiz effects on my Linux I thought it will run even smoothly or may be my video editing will be better.

My Requirements:
I want my Linux system to be faster when I try to open it. I will not be performing any Mathematical Computations. Mostly will be writing Java Programs for myself to understand some technologies but not anything time-intensive though. Mostly I will be remoting to my office computer to do my work.

I use Compiz effects on my Linux I thought it will run even smoothly or may be my video editing will be better.

So, SSD is only for faster opening and closing of a program? I thought that since the fetch time will improve, may be CPU will not be idle. So, I thought CPU will peform better. For instance, I have Oracle installed on my system. If I fetch something from Oracle, if I use SSD I thought Oracle will perform better. I thought that may be my "find" command will be faster. I use "find" almost everyday on my Linux system.

May be I am wrong. Please clarify.

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@tsgiannis:
I understood what you said. But, can you please see my requirements above and try to explain like you did with an example of what would be better. Thanks.

@aboo_s: and @otter77:
Can you please see my requirements above and try to explain. Thanks
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An example of CPU intensive applications is 3d Rendering(not modelling).
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