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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
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The biggest screen you can get on a Chromebook.
Price: $269.95 $249.95
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ASUS ROG Strix GL553 15.6" Intel Core i7 16GB RAM Gaming Laptop PC
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Comes with Windows 10 pre-installed and gives you truly immersive gaming thanks to its 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor.
Price: $1,199.00 $1,139.95
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ASUS VivoBook X556UA 15.6" Intel Core i3 12GB Laptop with MS Office Pro 2016 (Dark Brown)
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A mixture of hardware, software, and tuning, SonicMaster was developed with the clear goal of giving you the best notebook PC audio.
Price: $1,029.00 $629.95
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Dell Alienware 15-R3 15.6" Intel Core i7 16GB RAM 1TB HDD Gaming Laptop PC
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The perfect balance of power and portability come together in the new Alienware 15 gaming laptop.
Price: $1,699.99 $1,579.95
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Dell Alienware 15-R3 15.6" Intel Core i7 16GB RAM 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD Gaming Laptop PC
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The perfect balance of power and portability come together in the new Alienware 15 gaming laptop.
Price: $2,629.99 $2,399.95
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Dell Inspiron 15-3552 15.6" Intel Pentium 8GB RAM Notebook PC w/MS Office Pro Plus 2016
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Stay powered up with this lightweight laptop featuring an excellent battery life & sound by Waves MaxxAudio Pro.
Price: $899.95 $479.95

Dell Inspiron 15-3567 15.6" Intel Core i5 8GB RAM Notebook PC w/MS Office Pro Plus 2016
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This 15" Laptop PC is perfect for all your basic computing needs, featuring True Life displays and long battery life.
Price: $1,029.95 $619.95
Dell Inspiron 15-5000 15.6" AMD A10 8GB RAM Notebook Gaming PC with MS Office Pro 2016
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Grab hold of this 15-inch gaming laptop with high-performance graphics.
Price: $1,079.99 $699.95
Dell Inspiron 15-5000 15.6" Intel Core i7 16GB RAM Notebook Gaming PC w/MS Office Pro 2016 (Refurb)
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Grab hold of this 15-inch gaming laptop with high-performance graphics.
Price: $1,619.99 $899.95

Dell Inspiron 15-5000 15.6" Intel Core i7 16GB RAM Notebook Gaming PC with MS Office Pro 2016
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Grab hold of this 15-inch gaming laptop with high-performance graphics.
Price: $1,619.99 $1,199.95
HP 15-BS023CA 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i3 8GB 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: $929.99 $429.95
HP ENVY x360 15-AQ100 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i7 8GB 2-In-1 Laptop PC w/Office Pro2016 (Refurb)
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A work device with entertainment aptitude. A media machine with productivity power.
Price: $1,379.98 $699.95

HP Spectre x360 15.6" 4K UHD Touchscreen Intel Core i7 16GB RAM Laptop PC w/Office Pro 2016 (Refurb)
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Stay connected on the go with laptop and tablet modes, or prop the laptop up in stand mode.
Price: $1,779.99 $879.95
MSI GF62 15.6" Intel Core i7 16GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming Laptop PC
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Get a superior visual computing experience whether you are professional by day and gamer by night.
Price: $1,299.99 $1,129.95
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Acer Aspire 3 A315-31 15.6" Intel Celeron 4GB RAM Notebook PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016
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A stunningly slim body and impressive tactile finish accentuate real-world design features.
Price: $729.98 $389.95

Acer Aspire 3 A315-51 15.6" Intel core i3 4GB RAM Notebook PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016
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A stunningly slim body and impressive tactile finish accentuate real-world design features.
Price: $859.98 $499.95
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: $1,218.98 $849.95
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: $1,009.98 $629.95

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: $1,159.98 $799.95
Acer Aspire E5-553G 15.6" AMD FX-9800P 16GB RAM Notebook PC w/MS Office Pro (Blue)
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Aspire ES Series laptops are the perfect companions for work and play.A great choice for everyday users, with lots of appealing options and an attractive design that exceed expectations.
Price: $1,079.99 $699.95
Acer Aspire E5-553-T5K4 15.6" AMD A10-9600P 8GB RAM Notebook PC with Windows 10
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Aspire ES Series laptops are the perfect companions for work and play.A great choice for everyday users, with lots of appealing options and an attractive design that exceed expectations.
Price: $479.99 $439.95
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Acer Aspire F5-573-7630 15.6" Intel Core i7 8GB Notebook PC with Windows 10
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Combine a robust metal cover with great essentials; and you get an attractive powerhouse.
Price: $699.95 $649.95
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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 $799.95
Acer Nitro 5 15.6" AMD FX-9830P 16GB Notebook Gaming PC
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Thrust yourself into the gaming world with a form factor that takes you beyond that of mere mortal laptops.
Price: $849.99 $779.95
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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-BA083NR 15.6" Touchscreen AMD A8 4GB Laptop PC with Microsoft Office Pro Plus 2016 (3 Colors)
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Get the perfect combination of style and productivity, while keeping your wallet in mind.
Price: $1,039.98 $519.95
HP 15-BA138CA 15.6" Touchscreen AMD A9 8GB RAM Laptop w/MS Office 2016 (Black) (Refurbished)
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Tackle all your daily tasks with an affordable laptop that comes packed with all the features you need.
Price: $1,029.99 $389.95

HP Pavilion 15-CC066NR 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i3 8GB RAM Notebook PC with MS Office Pro 2016
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With a modern, sophisticated design, the all-new Pavilion laptop brings the perfect balance of performance and style.
Price: $1,029.99 $679.95
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 $599.95
HP ZBook 15U G3 Intel Core i7 16GB RAM Mobile Workstation w/SolidWorks 2017-2018 (Refurbished)
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Enjoy workstation performance & 3D CAD/Modeling in a low cost, compact package.
Price: $4,720.00 $1,199.95
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