Kristin here ,reporting from the lovely Eurodam stationed at the moment in Stockholm, Sweden with a little tip for anyone possibly in the market to purchase a new type of
PC. When I teach the It’s All Geek to Me course here in the Digital Workshop, in which we try to find what type of PC is a best fit for you and your lifestyle, I often get asked the question, “Should I get a PC with an i3, i5 or i7 processor? And what’s the difference between them?”
First of all,these terms correspond to processors from the specific brand of Intel. A processor is like the engine of your computer, the bigger it is, the faster your computer is going to go. The different numbers 3, 5 and 7 correspond to the different variants, Core i3 is for a low level, Core i5 the midrange level and Core i7 is the high end performance.
Before you make a purchase though, you should really think about what you are going to do with you computer. If you are just using your computer to email, surf the web, create word documents and perhaps do a little photo editing you would probably be just as fine with a Core i3. It’s a solid, affordable choice for a heavy majority of people.
The Core i5 is going to be a computer that is more expensive than a PC with a core i3 but it’s going to be more powerful and be able to allow you to work with larger programs. A step up from the Core i3, i5 processors will give you a noticeable difference in speed, depending on what type of applications that you run. If you are playing minesweeper, you aren’t going to be able to tell a difference between Core i3 and Core i5 processors. If you are editing multiple files in Adobe Flash, with virtualization software, playing the newest RPG computer game you may notice the Core i5 to be much more faster. The Core i5 is great for people who use their computers frequently for programs that require more power from your computer and for people who multi-task.
The Core i7 are the current most expensive and top of the line from the Core series of Intel processors. For most computer users, the i7 is probably much more than they’ll actually need or even think they need. But, if you want the best of the best that will run your video rendering programs, giant RPG games, and many other higher technical programs and are willing to pay for it than the i7 is all yours.
Always try to remember to try to fit your computer to what you do in life. I had one guest make a comment that I stilluse in class. “So I bought a Lamborghini when really all I needed was a Ford Focus.”
Hope this post helped to answer some of questions.
Cheers from the Eurodam,
Kristin, Techspert in the Digital Workshop powered by Windows