Processor Buying Guide

Any of the i5 or i7 systems we offer can provide a modern level of performance and user experience.  Surprisingly, there’s less than a 20% performance improvement between the i5 computers from 5 years ago compared to the current generation!  Only systems from the last 2 years (8th, 9th and 10th generation) systems offer any  performance improvement and come with a notable price premium!  We think there are better components to spend your money on and suggest that any of the processors we offer will suffice and you're unlikely to notice much difference between any of the options in every-day use.  If you prefer something newer we recommend the 9th and 10th generation i3 processors which outperform i7 systems from 2 years ago!

If you're a keen gamer looking for that extra performance and are purchasing a higher-end graphics card, then you may want to consider one of the 3rd or 4th generation i7 processors or a brand new i3 10th generation processor,but we also offer brand new 10th gen i7 and i9 systems.  

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 i5 processors from each generation to include on this summary graph using the userbenchmark average performance percentage and providing a relative comparison to the i5-3570 baseline (100%).