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How to Choose a Processor for my Computer

Tuesday, September 7, 2010@ 5:02 AM
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This series of articles is your computer helpdesk – supporting you as you examining the various components which go to make up your desktop PC or laptop, so you can make the right choice when purchasing a new computer for your business.  Last week we looked your computing needs and the different types of Computer Users.  This week we examine the Central Processing Unit (CPU) - also know as The Processor.

What Processor do I need for my Business PC?

The Processor or CPU is the ‘brains’ of your computer.  In general the faster the processor, the better the performance of your desktop PC or laptop.  Similarly the better the performance the higher the cost.

Intel is a well know brand and their latest processor offerings are the new i-series.  The i-series consist of a number of different processors.

Intel i3 Processor

The entry level processor is the i3.  This is a basic low power, low heat processor which often comes standard in laptops and ultra portable mini laptops.  This processor is suitable for people who use their computer for basic activities such as email, word processing, browsing the internet and general accounting such as MYOB.

Intel i5 Processor

The second level processor is the i5.  This is a mid range processor and will certainly outperform the i3.  This is more suited to power users. This processor is ideal for users that run processor intensive applications such as video or photo editing applications.  Also users who need to run multiple applications at once in a timely manner,or applications that need to perform a lot of calculations would benefit from using the i5 processor.

Intel i7 Processor

The top end processor is the i7.  This is for high end desktop computer or laptop users. If you are running games, CAD applications or modeling applications this is the processor for you. 

To find out more about which Intel processor is best for you contact one of our experienced I.T. Consultants and stayed tuned for the lowdown on RAM in next week’s article.

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