I-3 v. I-5 processor

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HutchEmAll PM HutchEmAll
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Posted: 9/20/2012 2:11:19 PM
I've heard the I-5 is quite a big jump from the I-3.  I am in the market for a laptop and I am not interested in buying one that can do a bunch of cool crap I don't care about.  I use it for internet, downloading pics from my camera, e-mail, etc.

I don't do music AT ALL.  I don't even have internet access on my cell phone.  I don't play games.  

I've been looking at machines with at least 4 GB memory and at least 500 GB hard drive.  

How important is getting the I-5 over the I-3.  As I'm looking, the difference is around $150.  I don't want to spend that $150 unless I'm getting something for it (that I can put to use).

Anyone with an opinion here re. I-3 v. I-5?  My main goal is to not buy something with a lot of crap or capabilities I don't need and it would be great if I could spend in the $500 range.  

Any idears from anyone would be appreciated.  

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Posted: 9/22/2012 1:43:05 AM
I would say just get the 3rd generation core i3 based on your needs.  Look for a laptop with the 3rd generation i3 because it uses the newer chipset and it has the newer Intel HD4000 graphics chip.

The i5 has turbo boost, which the i3 doesn't, that is about the only difference between the two chips.
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Posted: 9/29/2012 8:26:34 PM
Unless you are doing very heavy picture work, such at Photoshop or autocad there is no need for it. 
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Posted: 10/1/2012 3:21:24 PM
Thanks, fellas.  Going shopping after work today.  
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Posted: 10/4/2012 5:52:49 PM
What did you end up getting Hutch? I just purchased a laptop alittle over a month ago...went with I-7 version dell. I can send ya the link to the specs. I don't play games on it, just standard internet searching and downloading movies and music. I think I have too much laptop for what I'm using it for, but it's got 1TB of hard drive room and 8 gig of ram I think. 
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Posted: 4/9/2014 12:20:29 AM
i7 here, can't really tell the difference.
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Posted: 4/21/2014 12:46:02 PM
Recently built a computer instead of buying a premade, something I have wanted to do at least once. I was always told it is much better performance for the value and I will have to agree. Getting into a little PC gaming lately and wanted better performance.

Unless you are doing heavy video editing or graphic work i-7 is probably overkill. I went with i-5 4670k to overclock and is probably more than I need but it is awesome.




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Posted: 11/8/2014 1:04:24 AM
Don't bother with the i5 or i7. And if you only browse internet, email and download camera pictures then an i3 may be overkill. There are cheaper laptops out there. And even some of the netbooks are HDMI compatible so their processors are really good and the battery life, on some, exceeds 9 hours. You get a i7 or i5 - and even some i3s - you're look at a battery of 3hrs or less, depending on what you're doing. A laptop needs to be light and portable - and ought to last for a good amount of time.
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