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Old October 8, 2012, 08:01 PM
frontier204 frontier204 is offline
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What I'm wary about is the choice of Windows XP - the computer will outlast the operating system given that MS is discontinuing quite a lot of software for that EOL'd OS. You're stuck with IE8 (which is a hazard) and Office 2010.
If I were building it I'd drop to an AMD APU build to save up for Windows 7/8 or run the computer with Ubuntu instead of running Windows XP with all its unfixed exploits.

As for your CPU/IGP question, I don't notice the difference between my laptop's mobile Core i5 and my desktop's i5 2500k with web browsing and MS Office. Really those basic tasks + any modern processor will actually get you hard drive bottlenecked before being CPU bound. Someone who does more stuff off an Intel IGP can chime in, but I have no problems with YouTube videos and similar on my laptop running Intel 3000 graphics.
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