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Minimum processor suggested?

ngggarage2 29 10 November 24, 2015 at 06:49 AM
Looking at all the BF laptop deals. My wife currently has a laptop with an i3 processor. I am looking for one for the kids and I to share. I use movie maker and burn DVDs. My son likes scratch and code software. Would one of the cheapos with an Intel celeron processor work or should it be an Intel i model? What size AMD even? I don't know a lot about the processor side of computers. Any advice appreciated. Thanks

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I think you would be happier staying intel and suggest a minimum of an i3 possibly an i5. Processor generation also matters. In general the super cheap BF laptops I have seen in years past are hardly worth buying if your actually going to use the machine.
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
I think you would be happier staying intel and suggest a minimum of an i3 possibly an i5. Processor generation also matters. In general the super cheap BF laptops I have seen in years past are hardly worth buying if your actually going to use the machine.
what generation would you suggest and what do I look for to determine the generation. everybody loves cheap, but I'd also like it to be relevant in 3 years. What's your opinion on the two in one dell 11" for $299 on BF? Thank you for the advice?
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I think you would be happier staying intel and suggest a minimum of an i3 possibly an i5. Processor generation also matters. In general the super cheap BF laptops I have seen in years past are hardly worth buying if your actually going to use the machine.

Yup...I would go i5 as a min unless the machine is strictly for light weight web surfing and media imo.
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what generation would you suggest and what do I look for to determine the generation. everybody loves cheap, but I'd also like it to be relevant in 3 years. What's your opinion on the two in one dell 11" for $299 on BF? Thank you for the advice?

At this stage, 4th gen or better. You can use the below as a basic means of comparing different processors. The higher the score the better.

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/index.php


As to getting something that is future proof, that depends on what you plan to use the machine for both now and in the future. Most non-technical people will be just fine with a decent i5. Now if you are a programmer or graphic artist or database or business analyst, then you might be better off going with an i7 long term but that is outside the scope of work of the average consumer obviously.
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Just an opinion, mind you, but if one wishes to do SERIOUS computing, then a desktop is still the way to fly.
Email, web surfing, burning the occasional DVD or blue-ray, watching movies, doing light or even moderate image processing - these can all be done satisfactorily on a decent Intel i3 M-series or AMD A-4 or better multiple core CPU.

But if you want to do some SERIOUS video processing or gaming or cluster-phuque mega-apps simultaneously, then that may not be enough.

Even using the higher i-series designation for Intel, (i3, i5, i7), isn't sufficient to determine if it's enough CPU for you.
The i3-4110M, for example, (3,883), benchmarks over 2X faster than an Intel i7 U 660, (1,893).


PS: There's no such thing as "future-proof" with CPUs anymore. They are obsolete before they hit the market, with seemingly a newer, faster, one released every month.
That said, even though I do some SERIOUS computing occasionally, most of it can be done on a (2011) HP G6-1b70us lappy with a weak-ass i3 M370 @ 2.40 GHz dual core - just not as FAST as it can be done on my desktop AMD X6400 dual core.
Both have 4 GB of DDR2 6400 RAM - which is ANOTHER consideration in how hard one can use their lappy.

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Just an opinion, mind you, but if one wishes to do SERIOUS computing, then a desktop is still the way to fly.
Email, web surfing, burning the occasional DVD or blue-ray, watching movies, doing light or even moderate image processing - these can all be done satisfactorily on a decent Intel i3 M-series or AMD A-4 or better multiple core CPU.

But if you want to do some SERIOUS video processing or gaming or cluster-phuque mega-apps simultaneously, then that may not be enough.

Even using the higher i-series designation for Intel, (i3, i5, i7), isn't sufficient to determine if it's enough CPU for you.
The i3-4110M, for example, (3,883), benchmarks over 2X faster than an Intel i7 U 660, (1,893).


PS: There's no such thing as "future-proof" with CPUs anymore. They are obsolete before they hit the market, with seemingly a newer, faster, one released every month.
That said, even though I do some SERIOUS computing occasionally, most of it can be done on a (2011) HP G6-1b70us lappy with a weak-ass i3 M370 @ 2.40 GHz dual core - just not as FAST as it can be done on my desktop AMD X6400 dual core.
Both have 4 GB of DDR2 6400 RAM - which is ANOTHER consideration in how hard one can use their lappy.

Could we PLEASE just get on with implantable organics, configured to grow with firmware updates, already?
My knob would look so good with a humongous lump growing out of the back of it so people could tell I am the smartest one in the room without me having to tell them it's so.
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There is no x6400 amd processor. If you mean the 6400 x2, it is actually WEAKER than the 370M (not m370). Both of those are too weak for any "serious" computing....
OP should go with an intel system...compare benchmarks...i3/i5 is meaningless because there are so many variants and generations.
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Last edited by fenderman November 24, 2015 at 09:02 PM
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I've always found the "list of i3" or "list of i5" processors on Wikipedia to be an easy to search table to tell me just how old or out of date a particular processor is.

Just go to the i3 table and use "ctrl+f" to search for the exact processor number that's in the proposed purchase. If it's not in 4th gen or newer just move on.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis...processors
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+1 for i5 4th generation or newer. i3 would work but I feel the slight bump in price is worth going for the i5. YMMV.
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