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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/


Touchscreen Computers
Acer Aspire R3-131T 11.6" Touchscreen Intel Celeron Quad Core 4GB RAM Notebook PC w/Office Pro 2016
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With a powerful computer fluidly moving between four modes, there are no limits to the work that can be created.
Price: $759.99 $379.95
Acer Aspire R5-471T 14" Touchscreen Intel Core i7 8GB RAM 4-in-1 Notebook PC w/Office 2016 (Refurb)
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The unique 360°hinge design, you get four mode positions - Laptop, Tablet, Display & Tent.
Price: $1,329.99 $649.95
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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Acer Spin 1 SP111-32N-C53M 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: $379.95 $349.95
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Acer Spin 5 13.3" Touchscreen Intel Core i5 8GB RAM 4-in-1 Notebook PC w/MS Office 2016 (Refurb)
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A head-turning, 360° media device engineered with great productivity power.
Price: $1,129.98 $529.95
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Acer Spin 5 SP513-51-5738 13.3" Touchscreen Intel Core i5 8GB RAM 4-in-1 Notebook PC
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A head-turning, 360° media device engineered with great productivity power.
Price: $799.95 $779.95
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HP ENVY x360 13.3" Intel Core i7 16GB RAM Touchscreen Convertible Laptop PC w/Windows 10
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Four unique modes, a powerful Intel Core i7 processor, and expansive storage add up to one amazing convertible PC experience.
Price: $1,399.99 $999.95
HP ENVY x360 13.3" Intel Core i7 16GB RAM Touchscreen Convertible Laptop PC w/Windows 10 (Refurb)
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Four unique modes, a powerful Intel Core i7 processor, and expansive storage add up to one amazing convertible PC experience.
Price: $1,399.99 $899.95
HP Pavilion 15-AU091NR 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i5 6GB RAM Notebook PC (Blizzard White)
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Whatever you're passionate about, get ready to take it to the next level.
Price: $699.99 $629.95
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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 Spectre x360 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i7 16GB RAM Laptop PC with Office Pro 2016 (Refurb)
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Refined craftsmanship meets unquestionable power for a machine that does more than meet expectations.
Price: $1,929.99 $1,099.95
HP Spectre x360 15.6" UHD Touchscreen Intel Core i7 16GB RAM Laptop PC with 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 $929.95

Lenovo Ideapad Miix 320 10.1" Intel Atom X5 2GB 64GB eMMC 2-in-1 Tablet PC with Office Pro 2016
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Get the best of both worlds. A fully functional laptop and a tablet - in one streamlined, portable device.
Price: $729.99 $329.95
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Lenovo Ideapad Miix 320 10.1" Intel Atom X5 4GB 128GB eMMC 2-in-1 Tablet PC with Office Pro 2016
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Get the best of both worlds. A fully functional laptop and a tablet - in one streamlined, portable device.
Price: $729.99 $349.95
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Lenovo Ideapad Miix 510 12.2" Intel Core i5 8GB 2-in-1 Laptop PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016
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Work or play. The 12.2” Lenovo Miix 510 is the 2-in-1 PC that adapts to every moment.
Price: $1,329.99 $949.95
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Lenovo Ideapad Miix 720 12.2" Intel Core i7 16GB 2-in-1 Laptop PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016
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The Miix 720 is all about you, your face, your touch, your creativity.
Price: $1,979.99 $1,549.95
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Samsung Galaxy Book SM-W723 12" Touchscreen Intel Core i5 8GB RAM Tablet PC w/Win10 & MS Office 2016
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The ultimate productivity machine with Samsung Flow, which seamlessly connects your 2-in-1 to your Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
Price: $2,145.99 $1,349.95
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