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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 E5-575T 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i5 8GB RAM Notebook PC with Win10 & MS Office 2016
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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: $979.98 $619.95
Acer Aspire R5-471T 14" Touchscreen Intel Core i5 8GB RAM 4-in-1 Notebook PC with MS Office 2016
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The unique 360°hinge design, you get four mode positions - Laptop, Tablet, Display & Tent.
Price: $1,129.99 $689.95
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 5 SP513-51-5738 13.3" Touchscreen Intel Core i5 8GB RAM 4-in-1 Notebook PC w/Win10 Pro
Tablet or laptop, the choice is yours.
Price: $749.95 $719.95
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Dell Inspiron 15-3000 15.6" Touchscreen AMD A9 6GB RAM Notebook PC w/Office Pro 2016 & 1-Yr Warranty
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Features an AMD Processor, a glossy TrueLife display and long battery life!
Price: $979.99 $529.95
Dell Inspiron 15-3000 15.6" Touchscreen AMD A9 6GB RAM Notebook PC w/Office Pro 2016 & 3-Yr Warranty
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Features an AMD Processor, a glossy TrueLife display and long battery life!
Price: $1,079.99 $599.95

Dell Inspiron 15-5555 15.6" Touchscreen AMD E2 4GB 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: $829.98 $349.95
HP 15-AY018CY 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Pentium 4GB RAM Notebook PC w/Office 365 (Teal) (Refurb)
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Tackle all your daily tasks with an affordable touchscreen laptop.
Price: $499.99 $299.95
HP 15-AY019CY 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Pentium 4GB RAM Notebook PC w/Office 365 (Purple) (Refurb)
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Tackle all your daily tasks with an affordable touchscreen laptop.
Price: $499.99 $299.95

HP 15-BA020CA 15.6" Touchscreen AMD A6 6GB RAM Laptop w/MS Office 2016 (Black) (Refurbished)
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Thoughtfully crafted with leading-edge technologies, subtle but powerful details, style & design.
Price: $829.00 $369.95
HP 17-X007DS 17" Touchscreen Intel Pentium 8GB RAM Notebook w/MS Office 2016 (Cardinal Red) (Refurb)
This do-it-all HP perfectly fits into your active lifestyle all year long.
Price: $1,179.00 $419.95
HP 17-X010DS 17" Touchscreen Intel Pentium 8GB Laptop w/MS Office 2016 (Turbo Silver) (Refurb)
This do-it-all HP perfectly fits into your active lifestyle all year long.
Price: $1,179.00 $429.95

HP ENVY 15-AS043CL 15.6" UHD Touchscreen Intel Core i7 16GB Laptop w/Win 10 & Office 2016 (Refurb)
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With the superior performance and stunning design of the HP ENVY Notebook, you're always prepared for wherever the day takes you.
Price: $1,329.98 $699.95
HP ENVY 15-AS133CL 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i7 16GB RAM Notebook PC w/Win 10 & Office (Refurb)
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With the superior performance and stunning design of the HP ENVY Notebook, you're always prepared for wherever the day takes you.
Price: $1,329.98 $699.95
HP ENVY 17-S043CL 17.3" Touchscreen Intel Core i7 16GB RAM Notebook PC w/Win 10 & Office (Refurb)
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With the superior performance and stunning design of the HP ENVY Notebook, you're always prepared for wherever the day takes you.
Price: $1,529.98 $799.95

HP ENVY 17-S143CL 17.3" Touchscreen Intel Core i7 16GB RAM Notebook PC with Windows 10 (Refurbished)
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With the superior performance and stunning design of the HP ENVY Notebook, you're always prepared for wherever the day takes you.
Price: $999.95 $759.95
HP Pavilion 15-AB153NR 15.6" AMD A10 8GB RAM Notebook PC (Silver) (Refurbished)
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Thoughtfully crafted with leading-edge technologies, subtle but powerful details, style & design.
Price: $799.99 $349.95
HP Pavilion 15-AB217CY 15.6" Touchscreen AMD A10 8GB RAM Notebook PC w/Office 365 (Silver) (Refurb)
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Expressive color. Impressive power. The colorful HP Pavilion keeps getting better.
Price: $749.99 $379.95

HP Pavilion 15-AB219CY 15.6" Touchscreen AMD A10 8GB RAM Notebook PC w/Office 365 (Red) (Refurb)
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Expressive color. Impressive power. The colorful HP Pavilion keeps getting better.
Price: $749.99 $379.95
HP Pavilion 15-AU000NR 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i5 8GB RAM Notebook PC
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Helps you discover, create and enjoy multimedia experiences at work & play.
Price: $799.99 $699.95
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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 17-G227CY 17" Touchscreen AMD A10 8GB Notebook w/MS Office 365 (Purple) (Refurbished)
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Now you can watch more, play more, and store more, all in style.
Price: $799.95 $399.95
HP Pavilion x360 15-BK127CL 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i5 8GB RAM Convertible Laptop PC (Refurb)
Seamlessly shift between 4 modes for an entertainment experience that gets you closer to your screen than ever before.
Price: $699.99 $529.95
HP Pavilion x360 15-BK137CL 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i5 8GB RAM Convertible Laptop PC (Refurb)
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Seamlessly shift between 4 modes for an entertainment experience that gets you closer to your screen than ever before.
Price: $699.99 $529.95

HP Spectre x360 15.6" 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 $949.95
Lenovo Flex 5 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i7 16GB 2-in-1 Laptop PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016
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Gorgeous video. Immersive audio. Optimized video chat features. It's all here in the Flex 5!
Price: $1,569.99 $1,149.95
Lenovo Flex 5 15.6" Touchscreen Intel Core i7 8GB 2-in-1 Laptop PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016
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Gorgeous video. Immersive audio. Optimized video chat features. It's all here in the Flex 5!
Price: $1,359.99 $969.95

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Gen2 13.3" Touchscreen Intel Celeron 4GB Laptop PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016
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Designed to balance mobility and productivity for professionals, students, and educators alike.
Price: $1,139.00 $759.95
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Gen2 13.3" Touchscreen Intel Celeron 8GB Laptop PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016
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Designed to balance mobility and productivity for professionals, students, and educators alike.
Price: $1,249.00 $879.95
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Gen2 13.3" Touchscreen Intel Core i5 8GB Laptop PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2016
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Designed to balance mobility and productivity for professionals, students, and educators alike.
Price: $1,609.98 $1,249.95

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 $1,429.95
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