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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/


15" Laptop Computers
Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-532-C42P 15" Intel Celeron Dual-Core 4GB RAM 16GB ChromeBook PC (On Sale!) THUMBNAIL
The biggest screen you can get on a Chromebook.
Price: $259.95 $225.95
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Acer Chromebook 15 CB515 15.6" Touchscreen Full HD Intel Pentium 8GB RAM 64GB eMMC PC THUMBNAIL
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The 15.6" Chromebook that you’ll want to own.
Price: $549.95 $489.95
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Acer Chromebook 315 15.6" FHD Touchscreen AMD A6 4GB RAM 32GB eMMC THUMBNAIL
The stunningly elegant Acer Chromebook 315 is the ideal replacement for a desktop.
Price: $379.95 $369.95
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Acer Chromebook 315 15.6" FHD Touchscreen AMD A6 8GB RAM 64GB eMMC THUMBNAIL
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The stunningly elegant Acer Chromebook 315 is the ideal replacement for a desktop.
Price: $429.95 $419.95
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Acer Chromebook 715 15.6" FHD Intel Core i3 8GB RAM 64GB ChromeBook PC THUMBNAIL
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Apps load faster, graphics run faster & many tasks can be run simultaneously without lag.
Price: $649.95 $629.95
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Dell Inspiron 15-3585 15.6" FHD AMD Ryzen 5 8GB RAM Notebook PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 THUMBNAIL
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The perfect laptop for all your everyday needs in a contemporary, portable design.
Price: $1,039.95 $629.95

HP 15-DA 15.6" Intel Core i5 8GB Laptop PC w/Microsoft Office Pro 2019 (Pale Gold) (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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Designed for long-lasting performance, this laptop offers the power to surf, stream and do so much more.
Price: $1,029.99 $479.95
HP 15-DA 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i3 12GB Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 (Burgundy/Ash) (Refurb) THUMBNAIL
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Designed for long-lasting performance, this laptop offers the power to surf, stream and do so much more.
Price: $929.99 $429.95
HP 15-DA 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i3 8GB Laptop PC BTS Bundle w/Microsoft Office Pro 2019 THUMBNAIL
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Designed for long-lasting performance, this laptop offers the power to surf, stream and do so much more.
Price: $1,021.97 $499.95

HP 15-DA 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i3 8GB Laptop PC w/Microsoft Office Pro 2019 (Gray/Ash Silver) THUMBNAIL
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Designed for long-lasting performance, this laptop offers the power to surf, stream and do so much more.
Price: $929.99 $479.95
HP 15-DB 15.6" AMD A4 4GB Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 (Maroon/Ash) (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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Designed for long-lasting performance, this laptop offers the power to surf, stream and do so much more.
Price: $929.99 $299.95
HP 15-DB 15.6" AMD A4 4GB Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 (Pale Gold/Ash) (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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Designed for long-lasting performance, this laptop offers the power to surf, stream and do so much more.
Price: $929.99 $299.95

HP 15-DB 15.6" AMD A9 4GB Laptop PC w/MS Office 365 (Pale Gold/Ash) (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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Designed for long-lasting performance, this laptop offers the power to surf, stream and do so much more.
Price: $399.99 $289.95
HP 15-DB 15.6" AMD A9 8GB Laptop PC w/MS Office 365 (Pale Rose Gold) (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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Designed for long-lasting performance, this laptop offers the power to surf, stream and do so much more.
Price: $549.99 $339.95
HP 15-DB 15.6" AMD A9 8GB Laptop PC w/MS Office 365 (Silver/Ash) (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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Designed for long-lasting performance, this laptop offers the power to surf, stream and do so much more.
Price: $549.99 $339.95

HP 15-DB 15.6" AMD Ryzen 3 8GB Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 (Ash Silver) (Refurb) THUMBNAIL
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Designed for long-lasting performance, this laptop offers the power to surf, stream and do so much more.
Price: $939.99 $339.95
HP 15-DB 15.6" AMD Ryzen 3 8GB Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 (Smoke/Ash) (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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Designed for long-lasting performance, this laptop offers the power to surf, stream and do so much more.
Price: $929.99 $349.95
HP 15-DB 15.6" Touchscreen AMD A9 4GB Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 (Blue/Ash) (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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Designed for long-lasting performance, this laptop offers the power to surf, stream and do so much more.
Price: $929.99 $349.95

HP 15-DB 15.6" Touchscreen AMD A9 4GB Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 (Pale Gold/Ash) (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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Designed for long-lasting performance, this laptop offers the power to surf, stream and do so much more.
Price: $929.99 $349.95
HP 15-DB 15.6" Touchscreen AMD RYZEN 3 8GB Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 (Ash Silver) (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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Designed for long-lasting performance, this laptop offers the power to surf, stream and do so much more.
Price: $1,109.99 $399.95
HP 15-DB 15.6" Touchscreen AMD Ryzen 3 8GB Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 (Smoke/Ash) (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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Designed for long-lasting performance, this laptop offers the power to surf, stream and do so much more.
Price: $929.99 $389.95

HP 15-DB0003CA 15.6" AMD Ryzen 3 8GB Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 (Ash Silver) (Refurb) THUMBNAIL
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Designed for long-lasting performance, this laptop offers the power to surf, stream and do so much more.
Price: $939.99 $349.95
HP ENVY x360 15.6" FHD Touchscreen AMD Ryzen 5 12GB 2-In-1 Laptop PC w/Office Pro 2019 (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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The remarkable versatility of the ENVY x360 gives you the freedom to go anywhere life takes you.
Price: $1,299.98 $579.95
HP ENVY x360 15.6" Touchscreen AMD Ryzen 5 8GB 2-In-1 Laptop PC w/Office Pro 2019 (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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The remarkable versatility of the ENVY x360 gives you the freedom to go anywhere life takes you.
Price: $1,179.98 $579.95

HP ENVY x360 15.6" Touchscreen AMD Ryzen 5 8GB 2-In-1 Laptop PC w/Office Pro 2019 (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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The remarkable versatility of the ENVY x360 gives you the freedom to go anywhere life takes you.
Price: $1,229.98 $549.95
HP Pavilion 15-CS 15.6" FHD Touchscreen Intel Core i7 12GB RAM Notebook w/Office Pro 2019 (Refurb) THUMBNAIL
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Power through your day with a stylish laptop created to keep you connected, and on top of everyday tasks.
Price: $1,629.99 $699.95
HP Pavilion x360 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i5 8GB 2-In-1 Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 (Refurb) THUMBNAIL
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Be free to create, connect and share in more ways with the Pavilion x360.
Price: $1,129.98 $539.95

Lenovo IdeaPad 720s 15.6" 4K Touchscreen Intel Core i7 16GB 512GB SSD Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 THUMBNAIL
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Offers feather-light portability with enough processing power to handle everything you do.
Price: $2,279.99 $899.95
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Lenovo IdeaPad L430 15.6" Touchscreen AMD Ryzen 5 8GB RAM Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 THUMBNAIL
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With stunning audio, performance, and visuals, the IdeaPad L340 is impressive from the get-go.
Price: $1,009.99 $629.95
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Lenovo IdeaPad S145 15.6" FHD Intel Core i3 8GB RAM Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 THUMBNAIL
Delivers, powerful, smooth processing in a stylish, light design.
Price: $939.99 $539.95
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Lenovo Legion Y7000P 15.6" Intel Core i5 16GB Notebook Gaming PC w/FREE! Sleeve (While They Last!) THUMBNAIL
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Play to win, no matter where you go!
Price: $1,179.95 $1,079.95
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Lenovo Legion Y730 15.6" Intel Core i5 16GB Notebook Gaming PC w/FREE! Sleeve (While They Last!) THUMBNAIL
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Where power and portability meet in a breathtaking redesigned concept.
Price: $1,399.98 $1,199.95
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Lenovo ThinkPad E595 15.6" FHD AMD Ryzen 5 8GB RAM Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 THUMBNAIL
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Thanks to its ironclad durability, you can carry the ThinkPad E595 with you everywhere.
Price: $1,099.99 $699.95

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E590 15.6" Intel Core i5 8GB RAM 1TB HDD Laptop w/Office Pro 2019 THUMBNAIL
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Boasts a sleek design, durable construction, and high performance!
Price: $1,209.99 $799.95
Acer Aspire 3 15.6" AMD E2 4GB RAM Laptop PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2019 (Obsidian Black) THUMBNAIL
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A stunningly slim body & impressive tactile finish accentuate real-world design features.
Price: $759.00 $329.95
Acer Aspire 3 15.6" FHD AMD A9 6GB RAM Laptop PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2019 (Obsidian Black) THUMBNAIL
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A stunningly slim body & impressive tactile finish accentuate real-world design features.
Price: $829.00 $399.95

Acer Aspire 3 15.6" FHD Intel Celeron 4GB RAM Laptop PC with MS Office Pro 2019 (Oxidant Red) THUMBNAIL
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A stunningly slim body & impressive tactile finish accentuate real-world design features.
Price: $779.00 $379.95
Acer Aspire 3 15.6" FHD Intel Celeron 4GB RAM Laptop PC with MS Office Pro 2019 (Stone Blue) THUMBNAIL
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A stunningly slim body & impressive tactile finish accentuate real-world design features.
Price: $779.00 $379.95
Acer Aspire 3 15.6" FHD Intel Core i3 4GB RAM Laptop PC with MS Office Pro 2019 (Obsidian Black) THUMBNAIL
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A stunningly slim body & impressive tactile finish accentuate real-world design features.
Price: $909.00 $449.95

Acer Aspire 3 15.6" FHD Intel Core i5 6GB RAM + Optane Laptop with MS Office Pro 2019 (Black) THUMBNAIL
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A stunningly slim body & impressive tactile finish accentuate real-world design features.
Price: $979.00 $549.95
Acer TravelMate P2 15.6" FHD Intel Core i5 8GB Notebook PC THUMBNAIL
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With up to 14 hours of battery life, the TravelMate P2 will last throughout the day.
Price: $899.99 $849.95
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HP Pavilion 690 AMD Ryzen 7 16GB RAM Desktop Gaming PC (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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Its all about smooth performance and crisp graphics wrapped up in a bold design.
Price: $799.99 $569.95

HP ZBook Studio G4 Intel Core i5 8GB RAM Mobile Workstation w/FREE Autodesk Fusion 360 (On Sale!) THUMBNAIL
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Built for creative visionaries, the HP ZBook Studio offers desktop workstation power, in a sleek, light, stunning mobile design.
Price: $2,789.00 $1,299.95
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HP ZBook Studio G4 Intel Core i7 8GB RAM Mobile Workstation w/FREE Autodesk Fusion 360 (On Sale!) THUMBNAIL
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Built for creative visionaries, the HP ZBook Studio offers desktop workstation power, in a sleek, light, stunning mobile design.
Price: $3,315.00 $999.95
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