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    Which is better for the buck:
    -Intel Celeron D 320 2.4GHz( 533MHz FSB, 256K Cache )
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    -Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz( 533MHz FSB, 1MB Cache )

    The pentium costs about $70 more, so is the extra cache size worth it since the CPU and FSB speeds are the same between the two?

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    Also, how does the extra cache size help? I really don't know what the cache does.

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    A definition of cache size
    Source: WordNet (r) 1.7

    memory cache
    n : (computer science) RAM memory that is set aside as a
    specialized buffer storage that is continually updated;
    used to optimize data transfers between system elements
    with different characteristics
    So taking this into account, the Pentium offers a larger amount of space for caching, which should make the accessing of data faster. Also, I believe that Pentium runs cooler than Celeron which is a plus. In my opinion, the $70.00 is well worth the benefits.

    A proviso : I am by no means an expert in this area and stand to be corrected .. this is the way I interpret the information.


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    Whether or not it is worth the extra money depends on what you do with your computer. When the computer isn't under a load, they will act pretty much the same. If you get into heavy gaming and graphics, you will find the P4 will react quicker. The Celeron has a built in bottle neck that may or may not cause you a problem. My call, if you have the $70, get the P4. Charlie