I have a HP Slimline coming in the mail used for cheap with a G4900 that I am going to upgrade the ram to 8GB and slap in a SSD.
Now the problem is I am very budget minded and the upgrade options are
G5400 or i3-8100
Now because I am budget minded the G5400 is more appealing but it is a dual core. I currently have a Pentium N4200 powered device that so far handles all of the tasks I do such as netflix, youtube, skype, occasional photoshop, and some editing, etc.
Comparing the N4200 to the G5400 will it handle the tasks that I currently do smoothly or should I just try and get the extra money and grab the i3-8100
The G5400 is supported along with the i3-8100
LGA1151 Chipset: Intel H370
My point is can the G5400 do the same tasks as the N4200 I currently have as listed above just as smooth or better even though its a dual core or should I try to get the extra money for the i3-8100 even though I am very tight on money
You missed my point. You MUST make certain that the HP BIOS supports the processor. Chipset and socket compatibility are not enough.
You can compare processors performance data here:
And, you must determine that the cooling is adequate.
Your best bet? Contact HP before you attempt this.