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Dear CPU Scorekeeper

I was interested in the Celeron, but I am not sure if it is good enough. I do not want to spend a lot of money.

My question is: am I able to do everything on the Celeron or AMD K-6 as on a Pentium?

- - Dalil, October 1999

See the questionCPU Scorekeeper Responds

For the cost-conscious, Intel's Celeron provides good value for a competitive price. Whether it is "good enough" depends on how you plan to use your computer.

For general business applications, internet surfing, and occasional gaming, a Celeron system is certainly "good enough" and will not strain your budget too much. Computers built around an AMD K6-2 (or--for a little more--their K6-III) can also provide good all-'round value, especially if your requirements tend more toward office applications rather than 3D-intensive gaming.

What the Pentium-III provides over both Celerons and K6-2's & K6-III's is more speed and stronger floating-point performance for high-end graphics and gaming. Whether this increased performance is "good enough" to rate the Pentium's higher price must be decided between you and your pocket book.

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