Windows 10 on Celeron N3050 processor vs i3 processor

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  1. windows.seven

    windows.seven MDL Junior Member

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    I am in need of a new desktop for simple office use. Will only be using LibreOffice. The gateway in network settings will be kept blank so that computer cannot connect to the net (any better way of doing this), while still available on LAN.

    I have purchased a Win7Pro OEM license for this and plannig to upgrade to Win10Pro as it is still free

    The computer will be assembled by a local guy and he has given me 2 options, Gigabyte H81 MB with 3.2GHz i3 processor or Gigabyte N3050 MB/Processor Combo. The RAM will be 4Gb in both and HDD of 500Gb. I don't need anything else for this computer.

    I would like to know if the N3050 is good enough for my application or do I need to go for i3? The i3 costs 1.5x more than the N3050 so I would like to save money if possible. However I also want a life of 5-7 years at least.

    Kindly advice
     
  2. segobi

    segobi MDL Addicted

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    N3050 is enough for office use
     
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  3. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    #3 lobo11, Mar 1, 2016
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    I would go with Gigabyte H81 MB with 3.2GHz i3 processor, was that 4 GiG of RAM in 2 slots for a total of 8, but I like power, I have i7 processor and want moe :weep:
     
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  4. windows.seven

    windows.seven MDL Junior Member

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    It's total 4Gb. I can add more RAM but don't think should be needed for simple office use. If N3050 should be fast enough then will probably buy that only.
    Is it better to upgrade to Win10Pro-64Bit or stick to Win7Pro-64Bit?
     
  5. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    Might as well stick with 7, Your not going to have enough RAM to do much in Win 10.:D
     
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  6. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    4GB works fine for office use, but 6GB would make things a little less aggravating IMO But I'm speshul lol

    The what is better is really up to you. You should consider giving 10 a few months run-time - at least - if you are serious about considering using it. Then you will have a better basis to make a choice on your own, instead of hearing a million peoples opinions for and against win10 etc.
     
  7. windows.seven

    windows.seven MDL Junior Member

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    Thanks for quick replies.

    By what I was only asking about performance Win10Pro vs Win7Pro. I have used Win10Pro on one machine and am quite happy with it. But for this MB/processor, will upgrading to Win10 eat up more resources?
     
  8. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    I would think so, moe RAM



    EFA11?
     
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  9. thorin0815

    thorin0815 MDL Senior Member

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    For a pure Office machine a Celeron is perfectly fine with 4gb under Windows 10.
     
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  10. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    If the purchased OEM key is a non slp key (storebought systembuilder dvd) you will always be able to do a clean install using the 7 pro key, also after june 29. of this year.
     
  11. Hadron-Curious

    Hadron-Curious MDL Guru

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    This is not all about saving money but also what will serve you for the next 5 to 7 years. Your budget should be okay for the better option. If I were you I would go with the i3 system. Microsoft is making it important to get good hardware specifications for a better Windows 10 experience.
     
  12. makin.ditch

    makin.ditch MDL Member

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    My 2 cents (Although we have banished pennies here and 2 cents are now worthless).
    I don't know your costs, I keep several "Toys". I find the 3050 runs quite smoothly for the applications you suggest, but I did upgrade the ram to 8 Gb.
    How about considering 8 Gb Ram as opposed to the i3, wouldn't that be a much more economical upgrade?

    Also, I have some legacy hardware, runs Windows 10 as fast or faster than 7. It's about choice. If your happy with 10, then go for it. But then you are tied to Microsoft's business plan, Telemetry, forced upgrades... Windows 7 you still have choice. It's up to you, I upgraded mine.
     
  13. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    I can only tell you from experience with the past offices I've worked for. 4GB machines with moderate CPU's almost always had complaints about their office (2010 and 2013) running slower than they wanted. These were systems based on Win7 at the time. Adding another 2GB to each machine without the users being aware we did the updates and the complaints all but stopped.

    That is roughly a user base of 315 office workers. For me, if I use anything less than 32GB Im having a bird lol!

    moarrrr ram!
     
  14. dhjohns

    dhjohns MDL Guru

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    I have found 7 needs more RAM and processor speed to work than 10.
     
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  15. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    You maybe right, I've never had a computer with 4Gigs of RAM, I always wanted alot of RAM and a big processor (CPU), I would hate to have Windows 10 with 4 GiGs of RAM, but to each his own, lol:D
     
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  16. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Memory is all times a weak point, special if it come to lower hardware spec. Fortunately, the Memory Managers in Windows got better of the last versions for to handle the spread of memory in the right directions, where it's really needed. That simply means, as more memory is available for the Memory Manager to work, as better the outcome will be!

    Memory is cheap these days and I would go for at least 8GB if work with 64bit OS! In 32bit, the use of Memory is anyway limited to 3.25GB at maximum!

    You also should keep in mind that the CPU could play a huge roll, in many means. Priority for a system, which should be used 5-7 years, would be to use an MB with a CPU Socket which could be easily updated to a better one in case it's needed.


    To build a Low-Cost Computer, for to use a long time, like you said 5-7 years, should be done with the priority of further availability of part's which could be easily replaced in case of ........(??), and that simply means to use only hardware from old and very reputated companies.


    That's just my 2 Satang's!
     
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  17. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    pisthai brings up a good point, if you are going for more than 3(4)GB of ram, Make sure your system is 64 bit or anything more is pointless since it wont use it.
     
  18. windows.seven

    windows.seven MDL Junior Member

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    Thanks to all for their suggestions. I have ordered the N3050 system with 4Gb RAM at the moment. It's 64-bit. Will install Win7, upgrade to Win10 and then add more RAM if necessary.