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Solved Buying new desktop/laptop--always best to choose best processor?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jethsy, Aug 28, 2015.

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  1. jethsy

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    As a rule of thumb, do you agree that one should always choose the best processor for the money one wants to spend? In other words, is it priority--all other things being equal--to get the highest-benchmark-processor one can afford?
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  2. DaveBurnett

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    That rather ruins your question.
     
  3. etaf

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    not really a question there now ...
     
  4. jethsy

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    I am sorry, but I don't understand your replies. I'll try to clarify my question...
    I was asking opinions--completely sincerely. Is the top priority processor benchmark, or is another spec more important?
     
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    Okay, I will further clarify...
    For a basic computer user, no gaming, no video editing, is processor benchmark the most important spec to consider when buying a new computer?
     
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    No, not for basic computing
    if i was offered a fast processer with 1GB RAM
    or a slower CPU with 4GB ram, i would choose the slower PC
    you said
    which means ALL the rest of the PC specification is equal and so the only difference can be the CPU performance

    I would also be looking at things like USB3 , if using an external USB a lot
    Size of screen - Keyboard - some people have specifically wanted the number pad
    Weight of PC
    Battery life
    memory card reader
    Does it have DVD writer - some more portable PC do not - but this maybe important
    which of the specs details above are most important to the user

    For my clients looking at bsic computing, I usually suggest an i3 CPU or equivalent , 4GB ram
    Then it just depends on what else they specifically want
     
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    It's generally a balance with how much money you want to spend. You don't want to get the fastest processor and crappy specs for everything else and you not do you need the best processor if you only do basic work. It also depends on what you will do with the computer, a top of line Intel i7 is a waste of money if all you do is surf the web and do word processing. The money may be better spent on an SSD or just saved for something else.

    Once you add the "all other things being equal" the question only becomes a question about spending more money on the processor, not what is a priority. In that case, if you can afford to get the fastest and most expensive processor then go for it.
     
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    So to summarise : Do you want a desktop PC or a laptop ? What's your budget ? What will you use the computer for ?
     
  9. jethsy

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    Thanks to all! I am sorry I didn't ask the question in the way that I meant to do, but you all have helped me anyway!
     
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