How important is Ghz/i5/i7 etc if you have an SSD ?

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catinca

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Hi,

I'll be getting a laptop that I"ll equip with an SSD (and and external HDD).
Question: Since the SSDs are supposed to work wonders, how secondary do other components of the machine become?

In other words, does it really matter at that point whether it's an i5 or i7, or how much Ghz, etc ?

In passing: I do mostly Word, lots of Internet and opening and closing of screens, downloading pdfs. But I don't do videos or gaming or music downloading.

Any input would be appreciated!

Thanks.


 

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then you would be fine with an i3 even.
SSD only load and write faster than normal hdd's They accelerate any tasks associated with that. .. Windows will boot faster, word will open faster. Spreadsheets will open faster. whole sheet calculations wouldnt change since those are based on the processor... They dont help downloading at all.

I would suggest something around 2ghz should be a fairly robust machine for you.
 

popatim

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then you would be fine with an i3 even.
SSD only load and write faster than normal hdd's They accelerate any tasks associated with that. .. Windows will boot faster, word will open faster. Spreadsheets will open faster. whole sheet calculations wouldnt change since those are based on the processor... They dont help downloading at all.

I would suggest something around 2ghz should be a fairly robust machine for you.
 

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For your usage a fast I3 @ 3ghz or better would be fine. You would not notice any difference with an I7.
The programs you listed only use 1 core so having 4 or 8 cores would not make any difference in your experience.
Actually a fast I3 would be faster than a lower clocked I7 for your usage.
An SSD would make the boot time much quicker and opening word 1/2 second faster, but that wound be the end of its benefits unless you only had 2 gigs of ram memory installed.
Once you open a program and it is cached in memory the next time you open it ,it will open from memory and not the SSD.

So to sum it up for you usage get a Fast I3 (dual core) 8 gigs of ram and you are set. The SSD will speed up boot up time and the first time you open a program . But its benefits end there.
 

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anything that reads on the hdd will benefit in using ssd's. but if you only use your pc on basic things, then no need to get it, but if you have the funds then it's ok. i have 2 of them, use in OS and some games
 
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