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How good are intel Celeron processors?

My computer has that but I'm not sure if I should upgrade it. If so to what? I usually multitask on this computer but not gaming much.

zack2473 years ago
the celeron is a nice little thing for general computing, i am going to assume this is a PGA475 celeron, and so its clock speed would be around (maybe?) 2.4GHz. the only thing you can upgrade that to would be a 3.2GHz pentium 4, i suggest you upgrade the ram before the cpu, since ram is a much cheaper upgrade.
Mecha_collider (author) 4 years ago
New thing. I got emulator and roms. Still good?
seandogue4 years ago
Not as powerful as full blown processors. Celeron's are the lower performance versions of their big brothers. They're suitable for word processing, low end games, and "general use (email, net browsing, etc.)

Celeron's are often found in more affordable computer systems, due to their lower cost. For instance, when I purchased a computer for my mom several years ago, I purchased a Celeron based system. She had no need for the kind of computational beyond that a Celeron yields, so it saved me a few dollars and she still got a free computer.

If I were setting up an office, I'd probably give the management and secretaries celeron's, since that's about the amount of computer power they need to do their jobs. I would not do so for engineers or computer programmers though, since they actually merit something more powerful. Sad thing is, management often sets themselves up with computational power far in excess ofd what they really need, which ends up costing their companies significantly more money.

If you're not gaming much (good for you!), then unless or until you start doing serious CAD or other computationally intensive tasks, you don't really need much more than a Celeron-class processor, although a faster version might improve your experience, and a memory upgrade might also.
Precisely!  +1

Why this isn't a top rank reply I'm not sure.  You can't get best answer for a thread child.

As I recall, when celeron came out they were heralded as total crap.  the worst outcome of Reduced Instruction Set Computing - They run at the same clock rates as their bigger brothers, but do less per clock cycle - so they boast on the package "a bajillion gigahertz"  but can be outperformed by a much slower 'better' processor.
True, but they do represent a cost savings and are just fine for most tasks that most people do on computers.

I find that too often people think they need a workstation level system when in fact most need performance bordering on a high end cell phone.

Whether or voted as best answer, some acknowledgment would be nice, but I've long since given up on the veracity of Answers/best answer. Much like calling paid members "Pros" (leading one to think that pro means professional), or the blind fairness of judging processes, the paradigm instructables has forwarded on this aspect of the site is a joke. You could ask what color an orange is, and if their favorite answerer said "blue" they'd still be able to choose it as best answer. Then again, I'm a cynic. Hopefully the youngster learned something useful from the answer. That's about all I can hope for (and in concert with the fact she said she doesn't game much, is why I answered as fully as I did)
*disregard part about thread child, it renders funny when you are viewing...
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nothing to add (why did I post again?)
Good answer. Covers exactly what I've noticed with the Celeron chips.
I approve of this answer.
The only thing I can add to Sean's explanation is that when someone asks about how fast their processor is and whether they should upgrade it, typically it means they are dissatisfied with the performance of their computer.  If this describes your situation, it's a safe bet that the processor is not the problem.

Most computers come from the factory with useless programs that take up space on the hard drive and tend to run constantly from the time Windows starts until you shut off the computer; this is evidenced by a ton of little icons by your clock on the taskbar.  These programs take resources to run in the background, not only using processor oomph but taking up space in RAM (your active, "thinking" memory) and can slow down your performance.

To remedy this, first go to Start>Control Panel, then open "Add/Remove Programs" (or "Uninstall a Program" in Windows Vista/7).  Go through the list in search of unnecessary programs; focus on toolbars, instant messengers you don't use, and games you don't play.  A big mistake often made is that multiple anti-virus programs may be installed on top of each other, which is a big no-no; they fight for control of the machine (lowering performance) and also create vulnerabilities.  If this is the case, stick with one and remove the rest.

When finished, go to Start>Run, then type "msconfig".  Click on the Startup tab on the top right, and look at the list.  These are things that automatically run every single time you start Windows.  See, software developers think their programs are so swell and essential to your daily life that you can't live without their stuff popping up the instant Windows boots.  By unchecking programs here, you are disabling this start-up action; you can still use the software when you want, it's just not automatically wasting resources at start-up.

Items to uncheck here are instant messengers like AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, VoIP programs like Skype, file-sharing like Limewire, and so forth.  Updaters for Java and Adobe can be unchecked as well, so long as you can remember to update them every few weeks.  The more you can disable here, the more performance your computer will have; just don't go nuts, some programs like device drivers should be left in.  If you don't know what it is, Google it and decide.

After rebooting, you should start to feel a boost already.  You should notice that your desktop appears more quickly, and you have far less annoying icons by the clock.

Now, right-click on My Computer and go to "Properties".  You'll see all kinds of information such as the version of Windows, the kind of processor and its speed, and how much RAM you have.  Pay close attention to the RAM.

RAM works hand-in-hand with your processor - as I described it before, it's your "thinking" memory.  Any programs you are running RIGHT NOW, at this very moment, are loaded here.  This includes Windows itself, all those useless programs we cleared from your start-up, and other processes.  If you have Windows XP, you should have at least 1 GB of RAM; for Vista/7, a minimum of 2 GB.

If you have less than these recommended amounts, your computer will still run.  However, as your computer starts loading more programs into RAM, it runs out of room for those running programs.  Something has to be done with those programs, so the computer starts a juggling act by offloading some of it onto the hard drive (which is far slower than RAM because hard drives are made for long-term storage, not for thinking).  If you open programs and your hard drive starts going bananas for a minute before the program opens, that's probably why.

The solution is to install more memory.  It's a far simpler installation than the processor, and will yield far more noticeable results.  RAM is also fairly cheap in comparison.  The easiest way to find the right RAM is to visit a site like Crucial and use their "Memory Advisor Tool".  Plug in your make and model of computer and it will tell you the type of RAM you need and the maximum your computer can handle, along with whether your computer uses dual channel (which requires buying matched sets of RAM).  Armed with this information, you can shop with confidence.

These changes can make your computer behave like brand-new (and in some cases, better), and will be far more productive than installing a new processor.  Good luck, and let me know if you have questions.
Yes a good response,they didn't call the DE-CELERON for nothing
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