1. FCSC's Avatar
    So i've always gotten by with old Thinkpads, currently using a T60. Found a good deal on a vostro 200 and was wondering if someone with more aptitude for computer specs could give me a rough estimate if this vostro would be faster then my current set up.

    current setup:
    T60 Win 7 100GB hard drive 2GB Ram, under processor it says Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2500 @ 2.00Ghz 2.00 Ghz

    vostro 200 setup:
    Dell Vostro 200, Win 7 400GB Hard Drive 2GB Ram, under processor it says INTEL (R)CELERON (R) CPU 430 @ 1.80GHz

    any thoughts are much appreciated. The vostro 200 was 100 obo and I offered 75 and we agreed, so it seems like a pretty good deal. Thoughts?

    thank you in advance!
    07-23-14 07:06 AM
  2. middbrew's Avatar
    That sounds like a good deal for the money. However, the Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2500 @ 2.00Ghz 2.00 Ghz with 2GB Ram will run better then the Celeron CPU 430 @ 1.80GHz with 2GB Ram.
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    07-27-14 07:20 PM
  3. Gooseberry Falls's Avatar
    These are both fairly old processors. Celeron processors are cheaper and generally less robust. But for general computing just fine. As configured, I don't think you'll see much difference. Per spec sheets below, the Celeron can run 64-bit Windows, which may allow you to run 4 GB memory or greater, which will speed up your system. You may also see some speed increase with SSDs rather than traditional hard drives.

    ARK | Intel Core? Duo Processor T2500 (2M Cache, 2.00 GHz, 667 MHz FSB)
    ARK | Intel Celeron Processor 430 (512K Cache, 1.80 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
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    07-28-14 09:11 AM
  4. FCSC's Avatar
    These are both fairly old processors. Celeron processors are cheaper and generally less robust. But for general computing just fine. As configured, I don't think you'll see much difference. Per spec sheets below, the Celeron can run 64-bit Windows, which may allow you to run 4 GB memory or greater, which will speed up your system. You may also see some speed increase with SSDs rather than traditional hard drives.

    ARK | Intel Core? Duo Processor T2500 (2M Cache, 2.00 GHz, 667 MHz FSB)
    ARK | Intel Celeron Processor 430 (512K Cache, 1.80 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    I ended up not getting it because I felt it was pretty much a lateral move.

    Instead i'll wait a little longer and then grab a SSD, it seems like the best way to bring my system to tip top speed.

    Thanks for the help to the both of you, much appreciated.

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    07-28-14 08:37 PM
  5. Gooseberry Falls's Avatar
    I don't know if I would spend anymore on a 7 or 8 year old system. More RAM might help more than the SSD if your motherboard can handle it. You could probably get a good i3 system for $3-400.

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    07-28-14 09:34 PM
  6. Prem WatsApp's Avatar
    These are both fairly old processors. Celeron processors are cheaper and generally less robust. But for general computing just fine. As configured, I don't think you'll see much difference. Per spec sheets below, the Celeron can run 64-bit Windows, which may allow you to run 4 GB memory or greater, which will speed up your system. You may also see some speed increase with SSDs rather than traditional hard drives.

    ARK | Intel Core? Duo Processor T2500 (2M Cache, 2.00 GHz, 667 MHz FSB)
    ARK | Intel Celeron Processor 430 (512K Cache, 1.80 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    I had a Compaq laptop with a Celeron, but the mobo wasn't able to take more than 2GB of RAM despite being 64bit capable (Celeron M 520, 1x1.6GHz).

    So I highly doubt that you'd be able to push the 4GB barrier, I can't remember whether I EVER saw any DDR2 4GB SO-DIMM sticks at all. 8GB? Unlikely...

    I upgraded the little machine with a Celeron dual-core 2x1.6GHz, and a 500GB Seagate SSHD hybrid disk. The bottleneck is still the lack of RAM, with 4GB this thing would be awesome for its specs and age. It's still a fairly usable little machine, Presario C500. Speakers are great.



    BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal!
    07-28-14 11:02 PM
  7. Gooseberry Falls's Avatar
    Yeah, I have an old VAIO A250 (Pentium M 725 1.6 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB HDD) that maxed out at 2GB RAM. At the time, I bought it for gaming, LOL. It takes 5 minutes just to boot up! There is no comparison to my i7 gamer machine that boots in 15-30 sec. I can still use it for web surfing and email but that's about all. Amazing how tech changes.
    07-29-14 07:47 AM

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