When it comes to buying a new PC the two components that cause the most confusion are RAM and CPU/Processor. (we will cover RAM in another post).
A lot of people take a while to understand the difference between various processors and that’s completely understandable as they’re very complicated! The hard bit is working out how to measure the performance of processor and determine which is the right one for your needs. In reality measuring performance of a processor is quite a complicated thing to do, then relating it to your requirements is even harder, in general we refer to processors in stages:
There are two main manufacturers of Processors: Intel & AMD. The choice of which to go for is personal preference as both manufacturers make low, mid and high end chips. We prefer to use Intel processors as we have successfully dealt with Intel for over 20 years with absolutely minimal issues.
But you’ve still not told me which processor I should buy?
Here’s a rough guide for you:
What do you use your laptop for?
“This is my first computer, I just want to learn how to use emails” – Budget level Intel Celeron.
“Just everyday use really, online shopping, Facebook, checking my emails and storing holiday photos” – Entry level Intel i3
“Business use, clerical use mainly, emailing and word processing” – Entry level Intel i3
“It’s for business use, I use farm plan & accounting software” – Mid range Intel i5
“I do a little bit of photo editing” – Mid range Intel i5
“I play games like Call of Duty, Fallout & Tombraider” Mid/ Performance Intel i5 or i7
“I do CAD work for fabrication/ I do architecture work” Performance Intel i7
“I do video editing and rendering/ 3D Modelling” Performance Intel i7
However, don’t be fooled into thinking you have to stay in a set category dependant on your usage – Extra power is always a good thing! An i5 also makes an excellent choice for a home user as it will give them all of their requirements plus a little bit more for those times when you might be asking just a little bit much of an i3.
The i5 also increases the life span of the PC. As computers are getting more powerful, the software we run on them is becoming more resource intensive too, at one point a pentium D was considered a powerful processor – however due to more intensive software developments it quickly became under powered for general tasks. In time the same thing will happen to an i3. Getting an i5 when you only need an i3 should buy you a little extra lifespan for your machine because as the software requires more resources from you PC you already have it there, ready to go.
I hope that has helped clear things up for you a bit.
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Cheers, Adam B