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Rob4077
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I have been given 2 working PC's.
Each has:
  Windows 10 Pro
  465GB HDD
  4GB RAM
  DVD Writer.
One has an i5 2320 @3GHz processor
and the other has a i5 4440 @3.1GHz  processor

Is there any value turning two into 1, or not worth the effort? If not, which one should I keep? I also have a really old XP based machine. Is there anything worth scavenging out of that before I ditch it?
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Lasse BodilsenSystem Administrator
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Based on the CPU: http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i5-4440-vs-Intel-Core-i5-2320

then I5 4440 is slightly faster then I5 2320.  

But other factors might have to be taken into account, to give a better answer.  like, memory speed, harddrive type (SSD VS HDD). harddrive speed. etc.

turning 2 into one, will just get you stuck with some spare parts, of which you might have no use. although moving the memory to one system, if compatible, might be an option.
4Gb of RAM is going to be the bottleneck there, assuming you are running a 64 bit version of Windows 10, which is by far more common.

With 4Gb, you would be limited and need to take care not to run too many tasks at once, even a lot of browser tabs could make it crawl.

On option would therefore be to snaffle the RAM out of one machine, however RAM is cheap, so it may be better to just buy some new stuff.
IT Consultant, Network Engineer, Windows Network Administrator, VMware Administrator
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So the i5 4440 is a 4th generation processor whereas the 2323 is a second generation. Those 4th generation Haswell processors are all pretty powerful. And while it looks like there is only a clock speed difference, that 4th generation one will be more efficient and the backend should be faster.

Do you need 2 PC's?  If not, and the parts are compatible, I would keep the 4440 processor in the box it is in, add the extra Ram to take it to 8gb and add the extra hard drive. If I could, I would RAID1 those to give you redundancy.

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Thanks very much for your comments. Since they're both reasonable spec and the main value seems to be RAM I have decided to give one to a friend for his kids and I will keep the other. The old XP only has a 160G HDD and DDR4 RAM that isn't compatible with the others so it goes to the rubbish tip.

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Thanks for the info, Helped confirm that the machines are good and in the end guided me as to which one to keep for me and what to do to improve it. Thanks again
Steve McCarthy, MCSE, MCSA, MCP x8, Network+, i-Net+, A+, CIWA, CCNA, FDLE FCIC, HIPAA Security OfficerIT Consultant, Network Engineer, Windows Network Administrator, VMware Administrator

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You are welcome.
>>> "I also have a really old XP based machine. Is there anything worth scavenging out of that before I ditch it?" <<<

Yes, pull the hard drive, dismantle it, and bash the platters with a 4lb hammer (wearing protective goggles of course) before ditching the computer.  The hard drive may have data that could be useful to a crooked person working at the tip.

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Good tip. Thanks