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New software slowing you down? Get a high-end Athlon or P4 processor for your new PC, and you'll do fine.

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Now you're playing with power. Or you soon will be. Maybe you're doing demanding graphics work. Maybe you have to run powerful database applications. Maybe your job involves heavy use of processor-pounding software. When the situation calls for it, sometimes you just have to go with the latest and greatest. Whatever your reasons, we know you have good business justifications for putting the cash into buying a top-of-the-line computer system.

Most of your employees will do just fine with budget PCs. Nobody needs 2GHz of processing muscle to run just Microsoft Office or connect to the Internet. But when you start getting into the realm of graphics and multimedia, 2GHz can cut down on thumb-twiddling. A computer that actually works as fast as your brain is a real productivity booster.

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