Question by Daniel F: How important is a computer processor to a casual user?
I am looking into purchasing a laptop and I found a great deal on an HP dv6, which features an AMD A8-3520M Quad-Core 1.6GHz, 6GB DDR3 Memory, and a 500 GB hard drive. I generally use the laptop for the internet, microsoft office, and watching movies. I may do a LITTLE bit of video editing but it is not significant. How important is that the processor is not an Intel i3, which is more expensive?

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Answer by Art thou mankind┬┐
Casual as in typing documents, browsing Facebook, and using YouTube? Not very important– the laptop you have in mind would be more than sufficient.

If you plan on rendering lots of videos and graphics, playing intensive games and intensive mufti-tasking (where each program is *actively* doing something) however… CPU power would be very important, and that CPU wouldn’t be the best for the job.

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