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PC shopping Tips: Are AMD or Intel Processors a Better Choice for My Needs?

In any processor comparison, it is important to determine what you're looking for out of a processor. Are you seeking speed? Graphics performance? Affordability? Flexibility? Do you play games, primarily, or are you seeking a simple processor to allow for multi-tasking while browsing the Internet? Knowing the answers to these questions can help you decide which processor is right for you.

If you are looking for a more cost-effective processor, AMD processors may be the best bet. For students, budget gamers, and individuals with straight-forward computing needs, AMD processors are a great choice – they are powerful and fast enough for most while undercutting competitor pricing. And yet, you give up little when going with AMD chips. They can be "overclocked" for increased speed, provide robust and vibrant graphics, and are available in multi-core setups for multithreaded performance.

On the higher end of the spectrum, Intel processors shine. If you are seeking performance that is at the upper range of the market, there is sure to be an Intel chip that suits your needs. You may pay more for it, and you may give up flexibility for this performance, but the processor itself will provide you with lightning speed, incredible capability, and beautiful graphics. In terms of outright power, it's hard to beat Intel processors.

Source: ShopLenovo.com


Intel Celeron & Pentium vs. Intel Core i3 vs. Intel Core i5 vs. Intel Core i7

Intel Celeron & Intel Pentium Processors
Both of these are budget brand names, and processors in both lines tend to be differentiated by clock speed and not much else. Skylake Pentiums are G4000-series chips, while Celerons are G3000-series. They’re all dual-core CPUs with no Turbo Boost, no Hyperthreading, and 3MB of cache, and they’re typically paired with the basic Intel HD 510 integrated GPU.

Core i3 CPUs are a little faster, but Pentiums will give most price-conscious people the best bang for their buck.

Intel Core i3 Processors
These CPUs are still dual-core but add Hyperthreading, which presents two logical processor cores to the operating system for every physical core. This can definitely help performance in multithreaded workloads, though it’s nowhere near the boost you’d get from moving to a quad-core CPU. Core i3-6100 CPUs include 3MB of cache while 6300-series chips include 4MB of cache; nearly all of them use the Intel HD 530 GPU.

Intel Core i5 Processors
These are all quad-core CPUs without Hyperthreading, and they probably represent the best balance of price and performance for high-end users. They also use Intel’s Turbo Boost feature, which let the CPU run at higher clock speeds when there’s enough thermal headroom or when fewer cores are being actively used. Not all workloads will benefit from two extra processor cores, but video editing, Photoshop work, and an increasingly large number of games are all happier with four cores. All of these CPUs include 6MB of cache and most of them have Intel HD 530 GPUs.

Intel Core i7 Processors
These are best described as Core i5 chips with Hyperthreading, higher clock speeds, and and 8MB of cache. Otherwise they’re the same. As with Core i3 CPUs, Hyperthreading definitely does help performance in heavily threaded programs, but jumping from a Pentium or Core i3 to a Core i5 will get you a much larger performance bump than jumping from an i5 to an i7.

Source: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/02/pentium-core-i5-core-i7-making-sense-of-intels-convoluted-cpu-lineup/


11.6" Laptop Computers
Acer Chromebook 11 N7 C731-C8VE 11.6" Intel Celeron 4GB RAM 16GB SSD ChromeBook PC
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Designed to withstand the rigors of student life.
Price: $249.95 $229.95
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Acer Chromebook 11 N7 C731-TC42N 11.6" Touchscreen Intel Celeron 4GB RAM 16GB SSD ChromeBook PC
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Designed to withstand the rigors of student life.
Price: $299.95 $289.95
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Acer Chromebook R11 C738T-C5R6 11.6" Intel Celeron 4GB RAM 32GB SSD Flip-Design ChromeBook PC
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You can open this stylish touchscreen Chromebook all the way, until it becomes a tablet.
Price: $349.95
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ASUS Chromebook C201 Series C201PA-DS02 11.6" 4GB RAM Chromebook PC (Lotus Gold)
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The new line-up of sleek, sophisticated and ultra-portable laptops, ASUS Chromebooks are perfect for everyday ease-of-use.
Price: $229.99 $209.95
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ASUS Chromebook C201 Series C201PA-DS02 11.6" 4GB RAM Chromebook PC (Navy Blue)
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The new line-up of sleek, sophisticated and ultra-portable laptops, ASUS Chromebooks are perfect for everyday ease-of-use.
Price: $229.99 $209.95
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ASUS Chromebook C201 Series C201PA-DS02 11.6" 4GB RAM Chromebook PC (Pearl White)
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The new line-up of sleek, sophisticated and ultra-portable laptops, ASUS Chromebooks are perfect for everyday ease-of-use.
Price: $229.99 $209.95
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BIT Core+ 11.6" Intel Atom 4GB RAM 32GB SSD 1xWiFi 2-in-1 Tablet PC w/Win10 & FREE! EXTRAS
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Provides the ultimate in portability while delivering first-class performance.
Price: $334.97 $274.95
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BIT Core+ 11.6" Intel Atom 4GB RAM 32GB SSD 1xWiFi 2-in-1 Tablet PC w/Win10 & FREE! EXTRAS
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Provides the ultimate in portability while delivering first-class performance.
Price: $334.97 $274.95
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BIT Core+ 11.6" Intel Atom 4GB RAM 64GB SSD 1xWiFi 2-in-1 Tablet PC w/Win10 & FREE! EXTRAS
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Provides the ultimate in portability while delivering first-class performance.
Price: $403.97 $344.95
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Dell Chromebook 3180 11.6" Intel Celeron 2GB RAM 16GB eMMC 180-Degree Chromebook PC w/1Yr Warranty
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A 180-degree hinge allows the system to lay flat, making it easier to share content.
Price: $229.99 $219.95
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Dell Chromebook 3180 11.6" Intel Celeron 2GB RAM 16GB eMMC 180-Degree Chromebook PC w/3Yr Warranty
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A 180-degree hinge allows the system to lay flat, making it easier to share content.
Price: $349.99 $319.95
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Dell Chromebook 3180 11.6" Intel Celeron 4GB RAM 16GB eMMC 180-Degree Chromebook PC w/1Yr Warranty
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A 180-degree hinge allows the system to lay flat, making it easier to share content.
Price: $249.99 $239.95
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Dell Chromebook 3180 11.6" Intel Celeron 4GB RAM 16GB eMMC 180-Degree Chromebook PC w/3Yr Warranty
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A 180-degree hinge allows the system to lay flat, making it easier to share content.
Price: $409.99 $339.95
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Dell Chromebook 3180 11.6" Intel Celeron 4GB RAM 32GB eMMC 180-Degree Chromebook PC w/1Yr Warranty
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A 180-degree hinge allows the system to lay flat, making it easier to share content.
Price: $269.99 $259.95
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Dell Chromebook 3180 11.6" Intel Celeron 4GB RAM 32GB eMMC 180-Degree Chromebook PC w/3Yr Warranty
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A 180-degree hinge allows the system to lay flat, making it easier to share content.
Price: $429.99 $359.95
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Dell Chromebook 3189 11.6" Touchscreen Intel Celeron 4GB RAM 16GB eMMC 2-in1 Chromebook PC w/1Yr War
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An 11.6-inch 2-in-1 built with the best-in-class durability to withstand every school day and multiple modes that adjust to every learning need.
Price: $399.99 $319.95
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Dell Chromebook 3189 11.6" Touchscreen Intel Celeron 4GB RAM 16GB eMMC 2-in1 Chromebook PC w/3Yr War
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An 11.6-inch 2-in-1 built with the best-in-class durability to withstand every school day and multiple modes that adjust to every learning need.
Price: $489.99 $419.95
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Dell Chromebook 3189 11.6" Touchscreen Intel Celeron 4GB RAM 64GB eMMC 2-in1 Chromebook PC w/1Yr War
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An 11.6-inch 2-in-1 built with the best-in-class durability to withstand every school day and multiple modes that adjust to every learning need.
Price: $449.99 $369.95
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Dell Chromebook 3189 11.6" Touchscreen Intel Celeron 4GB RAM 64GB eMMC 2-in1 Chromebook PC w/3Yr War
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An 11.6-inch 2-in-1 built with the best-in-class durability to withstand every school day and multiple modes that adjust to every learning need.
Price: $549.99 $469.95
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Dell Inspiron 11 3162 Series 11.6" Intel Celeron Notebook PC Bundle (Bali Blue)
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This vibrant, ultra-portable 11" laptop makes every step on your journey more fun!
Price: $299.97 $249.95
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Dell Inspiron 11 3162 Series 11.6" Laptop Bundle with Microsoft Office Pro 2016 (Bali Blue)
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This vibrant, ultra-portable 11" laptop makes every step on your journey more fun!
Price: $719.95 $299.95
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HP 11 G5 11.6" 4GB RAM Google ChromeBook (On Sale!)
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Inspire learning and help elevate productivity to the next level with HP Chromebook 11.
Price: $219.99 $195.95
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HP Stream 11 11.6" Intel Celeron 4GB Laptop with Microsoft Office 2016 (Blue)
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Designed for the always connected life, this nimble laptop lets you easily shift from homework workhorse to marathoning your favorite shows.
Price: $649.95 $269.95
HP Stream 11 11.6" Intel Celeron 4GB Laptop with Microsoft Office 2016 (Purple)
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Designed for the always connected life, this nimble laptop lets you easily shift from homework workhorse to marathoning your favorite shows.
Price: $649.95 $269.95

HP Stream 11 Pro G3 11.6" Intel Celeron 4GB RAM Notebook PC with Windows 10 Pro
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Upgrade classroom learning with the thin, light, and powerful HP Stream 11 Pro.
Price: $399.95 $369.95
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iView MAXIMUS 11.6" Touchscreen Intel Quad Core 2GB RAM 4-in-1 Convertible Laptop PC (Matte Black)
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Offers 360 degrees of versatility for one affordable price.
Price: $249.99 $199.95
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iView MAXIMUS 11.6" Touchscreen Intel Quad Core 2GB RAM 4-in-1 Convertible Laptop PC (Pink)
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Offers 360 degrees of versatility for one affordable price.
Price: $249.99 $199.95
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iView Maximus PRO 11.6" Touchscreen Convertible Laptop PC with Windows 10
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Offers 360 degrees of versatility for one affordable price.
Price: $249.99 $199.95
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Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11.6" LCD Intel Celeron 4GB Notebook PC with Windows 10 Pro Student Bundle
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A slim everyday companion packing every feature you need into a beautiful, clean & simple design.
Price: $700.89 $279.95
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Acer Spin 1 SP111-31-C62Y 11.6" Touchscreen Intel Celeron 4GB RAM 4-in-1 Notebook PC w/Win10
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Designed to be slim and light; with four screen modes the Spin 1 puts you in control.
Price: $349.95 $339.95
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