I'm considering buying a computer for my father but I'm not really up to date with computer hardware and what kind of stuff I should be getting. Boxing day is coming up which is the only reason I'm considering it but I cant see anything that's faster than what I bought exactly 3 years ago, which is why I'm wondering if I'm missing something.
This is my current system. I bought it on boxing day 2011 for $450.
i5-2430 2.4 GHz, 6 GB RAM DDR3, 1 TB HD.
Here's 2 for about $500 at Bestbuy
1/ Processor Type Intel Core i3-4030U
Processor Speed 1.80 GHz
6 GB RAM
2/ Processor Type Intel Pentium N3530
Processor Speed 2.16 GHz
8 GB RAM
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Can someone explain how my current computer compares with the 2 above? I know i5 > i3 so it seems to me my current 3 year old computer is better than the first one here. My processor speed is also faster. The only thing I'm not understanding is what that 4030 number is after the i3. Mine is 2430 which is less, how significant is that?
With the second computer I dont even know what N3530 means.
And finally here's an AMD. I never really understood how to read AMD speeds so in this case I dont even have anything to relate to:
AMD Quad-Core A8-6410 APU, 8 GB RAM
This is for $450 ($250 off) at Bestbuy.
I'd be grateful if yall can tell me how these compare with my current computer, and with each other. If there's other relevant information I'm missing out that I need to know, let me know.
I've checked online sites for chip speeds but there's just sooooo many that one cant actually make sense of them. For example here on the intel site there's multiple generations of i3/i5/i7. WTF??
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