Processor Buying Guide

Any of the Intel i5, i7, Xeon or AMD Ryzen systems that we offer can provide a modern level of performance and user experience.  Surprisingly, there’s less than a 20% performance improvement in many applications between an i5 computer from 5 years ago compared to the current generation of systems.  Only systems from the last 2 years (8th, 9th and 10th generation) offer any performance benefit with added processor cores.  If you're on a budget we think there are better components to spend your money on and suggest that any of the processors we offer will suffice, with you being unlikely to notice much difference between any of the options in every-day use. 

If you're looking for something newer, or a keen gamer looking for that extra performance combined with a higher-end graphics card, then you're likely to benefit from the later generation (new) Intel or AMD Ryzen systems. 

A summary of relative processor performance between the different Intel and AMD systems is provided below for reference.

If you'd like more information on additional processors and the differences between i5 and i7 options, please see our detailed processor overview here.


Data Source: compares the results of tens of thousands of individual end-user benchmarks to provide averaged performance results across a range of CPU, GPU and SSD options.  We selected the most common and available processors from each generation to include on this summary graph using the userbenchmark average performance percentage and providing a relative comparison to the 10th Generation 10100 baseline (100%).  Orange=AMD, Blue=Intel, Navy=Intel Xeon.