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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 CB515 15.6" Touchscreen Full HD Intel Pentium 8GB RAM 64GB eMMC PC
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The 15.6" Chromebook that you’ll want to own.
Price: $549.95 $499.95
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Dell Inspiron 15-5565 15.6" AMD A9 8GB RAM Notebook PC w/Office Pro 2016 (Gold) (Refurb)
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Do every task better on a ultraportable laptop with a vibrant 15" display.
Price: $1,329.98 $399.95
Dell Inspiron 15-5565 15.6" AMD A9 8GB RAM Notebook PC w/Office Pro 2016 (Purple) (Refurb)
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Do every task better on a ultraportable laptop with a vibrant 15" display.
Price: $1,329.98 $399.95

Dell Inspiron 15-5565 15.6" AMD A9 8GB RAM Notebook PC w/Office Pro 2016 (Red) (Refurb)
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Do every task better on a ultraportable laptop with a vibrant 15" display.
Price: $1,329.98 $399.95
Dell Inspiron 15-5570 15.6" Intel Core i5 8GB RAM Notebook PC w/MS Office Pro 2016 (Refurb)
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Delivers an exceptional viewing experience, a head-turning finish and an array of options!
Price: $1,159.99 $549.95
Dell Inspiron 15-5570 15.6" Intel Pentium 8GB RAM Notebook PC w/Office Pro 2016 (Recon Blue) (Refub)
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Delivers an exceptional viewing experience, a head-turning finish & an array of options!
Price: $1,029.99 $399.95

Dell Inspiron 15-5570 15.6" Intel Pentium 8GB RAM Notebook PC w/Office Pro 2016 (Rose Gold) (Refurb)
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Delivers an exceptional viewing experience, a head-turning finish & an array of options!
Price: $1,029.99 $399.95
Dell Inspiron 15-5570 15.6" Intel Pentium 8GB RAM Notebook PC w/Office Pro 2016 (Silver) (Refurb)
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Delivers an exceptional viewing experience, a head-turning finish & an array of options!
Price: $1,029.99 $399.95
HP 15-BS197CL 15.6" Intel Core i7 12GB Laptop w/MS Office Pro 2016 (Refurbished)
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Power through your day with a stylish laptop created to keep you connected, and on top of everyday tasks.
Price: $1,229.99 $599.95

HP ENVY x360 15-BQ108CA 15.6" Touchscreen AMD Ryzen 5 8GB 2-In-1 Laptop PC w/Office 2016 (Refurb)
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Optimized for inking, the ENVY x360 draws out a more productive, more creative you.
Price: $1,179.98 $549.95
Lenovo IdeaPad 320 15.6" Intel Core i7 16GB NVIDIA GT 940MX Laptop PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016
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Embracing form, function, style, and fun, it delivers responsive performance you can count on.
Price: $1,329.99 $879.95
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S 15.6" AMD RYZEN 3 8GB Laptop PC w/Microsoft Office Pro 2016
Thinner, lighter with narrow bezels for optimal viewing!
Price: $929.99 $549.95

Lenovo IdeaPad 330S 15.6" Intel Core i7 12GB Laptop PC w/Microsoft Office Pro 2016
Thinner, lighter with narrow bezels for optimal viewing!
Price: $1,229.99 $849.95
Lenovo ThinkPad E585 15.6" FHD AMD Ryzen 7 8GB Laptop PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016
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Maximize productivity while ensuring the best value with the business-ready ThinkPad E585 laptop.
Price: $1,229.99 $829.95
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51 15.6" Intel Core i3 4GB RAM Notebook PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016 (Blue)
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A stunningly slim body and impressive tactile finish accentuate real-world design features.
Price: $859.98 $449.95

Acer Aspire 3 A315-51 15.6" Intel Core i3 4GB RAM Notebook PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016 (Red)
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A stunningly slim body and impressive tactile finish accentuate real-world design features.
Price: $859.98 $449.95
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51 15.6" Intel Core i5 6GB RAM Notebook PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016 (Black)
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A stunningly slim body and impressive tactile finish accentuate real-world design features.
Price: $959.98 $529.95
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51 15.6" Intel Core i5 6GB RAM Notebook PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016 (Blue)
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A stunningly slim body and impressive tactile finish accentuate real-world design features.
Price: $959.98 $529.95

Acer Aspire 3 A315-51 15.6" Intel Core i5 6GB RAM Notebook PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016 (Red)
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A stunningly slim body and impressive tactile finish accentuate real-world design features.
Price: $959.98 $529.95
Acer Aspire 5 A515-41G 15.6" AMD FX-9800P 16GB RAM Notebook PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016
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Experience striking images and stunning audio within an attractive modern design.
Price: $1,179.99 $779.95
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51 15.6" Intel Core i5 8GB RAM Notebook PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016
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Experience striking images and stunning audio within an attractive modern design.
Price: $979.98 $579.95

Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G 15.6" Intel Core i5 8GB RAM NVIDIA Notebook PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016
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Experience striking images and stunning audio within an attractive modern design.
Price: $1,129.98 $749.95
Acer Aspire R5-571TG 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i5 8GB RAM 4-in-1 Notebook PC with MS Office 2016
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Enjoy the incredible versatility of a 360° hinge and the satisfying touch of metal.
Price: $1,179.99 $749.95
Acer Predator 15 15.6" Intel Core i7 16GB RAM 256GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Notebook Gaming PC
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Don't get burned by the heat and pressure of hardcore gaming.
Price: $1,699.99 $1,199.95
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HP 15-BW053OD 15.6" AMD A10 8GB Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2016 (Refurbished)
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Ideal for surfing the web, managing email, & creating documents.
Price: $1,029.99 $369.95
HP Pavilion 15-CC123CL 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i5 12GB RAM Notebook PC w/MS Office Pro (Refurb)
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With a modern, sophisticated design, the all-new Pavilion laptop brings the perfect balance of performance and style.
Price: $1,129.99 $529.95
HP ZBook Studio G4 Intel Core i5 8GB RAM Mobile Workstation w/FREE Autodesk Fusion 360 (On Sale!)
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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 16GB RAM Mobile Workstation w/FREE Autodesk Fusion 360 (On Sale!)
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Built for creative visionaries, the HP ZBook Studio offers desktop workstation power, in a sleek, light, stunning mobile design.
Price: $3,519.00 $1,799.95
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HP ZBook Studio G4 Intel Core i7 8GB RAM Mobile Workstation w/FREE Autodesk Fusion 360 (On Sale!)
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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 $1,699.95
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