When looking at buying a new desktop computer that I'll be using for web surfing to watch videos and stuff like that and not for gaming, what's the CPUs I should be looking for in a computer?
I know that higher CPU is better, but at the same time, I want to avoid going overboard and buying something that I won't really need. I'm looking for the sweet spot where the CPU is high enough to make a difference for what I'll use it for.
I'm looking at two different computers, one with a Intel i3 and one with Intel Pentium G2030. I know that Intel i7 is the latest offering and so the best CPU, but it seems beyond what I'll use it for. I'm worried that if the i3 is already a bit old, then will the Intel Pentium G2030, which is even older, already be outdated?
When I was browsing at Best Buy, one of the workers suggested to get a computer with the Intel i3- he said that Windows 8 needs more CPU processing and that i3 will handle that but the Intel Pentium G2030 might have trouble handing Windows 8. According to this employee, I might not initially notice a difference between the two CPUs at first but I'd notice it later on. Is that accurate, or was it just sales puffery to induce me to buy the more expensive computer? I don't know much about computers so I don't really understand why there'd only be a noticeable difference later on.
Or, if I got a computer with AMD instead of an Intel, which AMD CPU would you recommend for a computer?
Is it better to get an Intel or a AMD CPU? Or, does it depend on the model where a newer AMD is better than an older model Intel?
Edited by danar, 02 October 2013 - 03:55 AM.