Core i3, i5, and i7 - What's the Difference?

Let’s Briefly Explore i3s, i5s, and i7s

 

Intel, one of the most prolific tech companies in the world, is known for producing Intel Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors. Many buyers get stumped when they are having to make a choice between the three. But fear not! We will break everything down into what you need to know.

 

The first, and primary question, is what do you use your computer for?

 

Basic Stuff – Browsing, Email, Facebook, etc.

 

You need an i3. This is great for people who simply check their emails, browse their favorite websites, using Microsoft Office, video calls, and social networks. The Core i3 has approximately 3 Megabytes of cache. Cache size plays a factor, similar to that of RAM, which allows the computer to increase in its processing speed. The i3 is definitely not for those who want cutting-edge graphics, or those who want to load professional software.

 

Balanced Experience – Some Gaming, or Professional Work

 

The i5 allows users to find that delicate balance between performance and price. This means i5’s are relatively good for middle-tier work. They can be good for gaming if a G processor or Q processor with a dedicated graphics processor is purchased.

 

Total Power

 

At last, you guessed it, the i7 Core holds the top for sheer processing power. Those unicorn multi-taskers who always have 10+ windows/tabs open at the same time, gamers who need the biggest and the best, or if you simply hate waiting for anything – get the i7. The speed boost between the i3 and the i7 is enormous.

 

In A Nutshell

 

In conclusion, the optimal processor is really dictated by your needs. Now, there is one more Core that is reserved for video streaming gamers, video editors who are those multi-tasking unicorns, and that is the i9 Core. For those who aren’t within that criteria, the i7 should be good enough.


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SSD vs. HDD: Should You Upgrade?

What’s an SSD?

 

An SSD, or Solid-State Drive, is similar to that of a USB flash drive. A much larger and more refined form of a USB flash drive. An SSD contains no moving parts, unlike its counterpart – the HDD, or Hard Drive Disk. The HDD stored memory by transcribing the read and write in a mechanical way, with an arm adjusting from the proper location on the storage device. Alternately, the SSD stores the information in microchips which have no mechanical parts making the process of retrieving information much more efficient. Let’s use baseball as an analogy. It would be akin to the difference between hitting a ball and running to 1stbase (HDD), or hitting the ball and teleporting to 1stbase in a split second (SSD). Which one would you prefer?

 

 

What’s an HDD?

 

HDDs/Hard Drive Disks are usually found in older models of laptop computers or cheaper computers. One of the upsides to HDDs is that they are cheaper. However, if managing your time is one of your core values then an HDD is not a great choice.

 

HDD vs. SSD

 

Let’s go through the attributes of both to see how they compare to each other and your needs.

 

Battery Life

 

The SSD wins as it does not draw as much power as the HDD. The SSD averages at 2-4 watts which can result in a 25+ minute boost in battery life. In contrast, the HDD averages at 6-8 watts which means it uses more of your battery life.

 

Cost

 

The SSD is generally more expensive in terms of monetary cost. In this aspect, the HDD wins – on a monetary level. But SSDs typically crash less than HDDs so you are also purchasing them less. Combined with drawing electricity, the HDD and SSD may break even. It’s hard to precisely tell.

 

Operating System Boot

 

The SSD boots, on average, a whopping 10-15 seconds while the HDD boots approximately 30-45 seconds. The SSD wins.

 

Failure Rate

 

SSDs generally fail approximately 2 million hours whereas HDDS fail around the 1-1.5 million hour mark.

 

File Opening Speed

 

SSDs also take the cake when it comes to opening files in a time-effective manner. SSDs are up to 30% faster than HDDs.

 

Heat Production

 

Ever notice your computer getting hot and your fans spinning at breakneck speed? It might be because you are using a Hard Drive Disk. Though HDDs also do not have much heat production, Solid-State Disks do not have any “moving parts” while a Hard Drive Disk does.

 

Write Speed

 

One of the most important aspects of copying files is the write speed. SSDs, once again, win in this category at 200+ MB/s. Some higher end drives even topping out at 550 MB/s. The HDD ranges between 50 – 120 MB/s for comparison.

 

Overall, the SSD is the clear winner. We recommend getting your SSDs installed by computer professionals. Currently, we are offering a special on Operating System Installs/Reinstalls so it may be in your best interest to get it done all at one time.

 

If you need assistance, visit our location at 1331 S. Beckham Avenue in Tyler, TX or call us at 903-858-4383!


May Deal of the Month: Get 10% Off Hardware & Software Upgrades

We’re mixing things up a little this month at Computer Repair in Tyler. We’re offering a double deal as our May Deal of the Month! Bring your laptop or desktop in to our location on South Beckham in Tyler Texas, and we’ll give you 10% off the labor cost of the install or upgrade of new hardware and new software.

Do you have a new or updated application, or game, or piece of business software you need to get up and running? We can help make sure your software is set up properly and is ready to do the things you need.

Looking to boost your computer’s performance by adding more RAM, a larger or faster hard drive or SSD, or looking for better gaming performance by swapping up to a newer graphic card? We’ve got you covered. Our skilled technicians can install or swap in your new parts for you. We can even suggest the upgrades that would help you the most if you aren't sure what to do to increase the speed of your computer.

And, if you have software you need help with and new hardware you want to install, that's great! Mention the May Deal of the Month and we'll give you 10% off both services when you combine them.

For more information, you can:
Stop on by 1331 South Beckham in Tyler. Look for us between the Big Lots and the gas station.
Call us at: (903) 858-4383
Send us an email at info@computerrepairintyler.com


Is My Old Computer Worth Repairing or Fixing?

See This Old Computer?

It's a 14 Year Old iMac G4.

A customer brought this old computer in for us to recover his data from the hard drive. Since we work on out-of-warranty Apple machines, we were able to help him with his problem. The computer was completely dead, but we were able to retrieve all of the data from the hard drive so that he could easily transfer the data to his new machine.

You may be asking yourself, "how do I know if my old computer is worth repairing or fixing?". There are several things to consider:

  • Q: How old is your computer and how is it configured?
  • A: You probably already know how old your computer is, but we can take a look at it and determine the configuration and scope of the repair.
  • Q: How much are new computers selling for?
  • A: We can let you know how much a repair would be for your old computer, and offer to find costs for new computers so that you can have options. Many times, we do the leg work and find new computers for customers.
  • Q: How much is the diagnostic or repair cost?
  • A: We will throw our diagnostic fee out the window if you decide to let us do the work.
  • Q: How long will the repair take?
  • A: We have very fast turnover on most computer repairs. Many times, our customers are surprised how quickly we are able to get their computer back to them or find a new one.
  • Q: How soon do I need my old computer running?
  • A: We would imagine you need it soon, and that is why we are so punctual.
  • Q: How soon do I need a new computer if my old computer is unrepairable?
  • A: Again, we know having a working computer is paramount to almost everyone - we can help you find exactly what you want affordably and quickly.

At Computer Repair in Tyler, we can take a look at ANY machine, new or old, and offer solutions and recommendations for what you should do next. Most people replace or upgrade computers every 3-5 years on average. If your computer is older than that, then it may not have the most current hardware features to make repairing worth while. If your computer is running old versions of Windows or macOS, then Microsoft and Apple may have possibly stopped supporting those versions. Currently, Windows XP is no longer supported and extended support for Windows Vista will end on April 11, 2017. Additionally, Apple's only supported versions of macOS are OS X El Capitan and macOS Sierra, which was just released a couple of months ago this year. If you are running unsupported operating systems on your old computer, and it can be upgraded to a current version, your system's performance may benefit from an upgraded operating system. In that case, you should bring it into us for the upgrade.

If you are wondering what you should do with that old computer at your home or office, give us a call at (903)858-4383. Additionally, you can fill out our contact form to start your information gathering process. We respond to all requests very quickly! If you just want to stop by, we are open from 8:00 - 6:00 every weekday, and we are centrally located in Tyler on South Beckham close to the hospitals.

 


September Deal of the Month

For the month of September, Computer Repair in Tyler is offering all students a 10% discount on all of our hourly services. We all know getting ready to go back to school can be a hassle. Thankfully we are offering back to school specials for all of our local students. If you have noticed that your laptop or desktop is not performing up to par we can help you. Our location off of South Beckham Drive in Tyler is easily accessible from both the University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College. To take advantage of our Back to School Specials, simply visit our store with your valid student ID and we will honor the back to school specials on all of our hourly services. Some of our most popular services include virus/spyware/malware removal, data recovery, hard drive upgrades/replacements, full system reinstalls and software/operating system upgrades.


We also fix cracked laptop screens at a flat rate of $59.95 + parts (non-touchscreen devices) and $69.95 + parts (touchscreen devices).

  • Computer Repair in Tyler offers these services on out-of-warranty Apple machines in addition to all Windows/PC machines

If you would like more information, or are unsure of what your particular problem might be, you can contact us in advance by calling (903)858-4383. Additionally, you can click here to fill out our contact form and we will respond to your request promptly. Being a student, it is likely that you use social media as one of your primary forms of communication - we've got you covered there too:


August Deal of the Month

For the month of August, Computer Repair in Tyler is offering all students a 10% discount on all of our hourly services. We all know getting ready to go back to school can be a hassle. If your computer partied a little too hard this summer, it may not be ready to go back to school with you! Our location off of South Beckham Drive in Tyler is easily accessible from both the University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College. To take advantage of our Back to School Special, simply visit our store with your valid student ID and we will honor the back to school discount on all of our hourly services. Some of our most popular services include virus/spyware/malware removal, data recovery, hard drive upgrades/replacements, full system reinstalls and software/operating system upgrades.


We also fix cracked laptop screens at a flat rate of $59.95 + parts (non-touchscreen devices) and $69.95 + parts (touchscreen devices).

  • Computer Repair in Tyler offers these services on out-of-warranty Apple machines in addition to all Windows/PC machines

If you would like more information, or are unsure of what your particular problem might be, you can contact us in advance by calling (903)858-4383. Additionally, you can click here to fill out our contact form and we will respond to your request promptly. Being a student, it is likely that you use social media as one of your primary forms of communication - we've got you covered there too:


HP Battery Recall on Select Laptops

HP has issued a recall of 41,000 of their batteries inside of select laptops.  The HP battery recall involves the lithium-ion batteries that come with HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario and HP Pavilion notebook computers.  The primary concern is that these battery cells have been found to have a tendency of overheating to the point that they pose a risk of fire and burn hazards.  So far, HP has received seven reports of battery packs overheating to the point of melting, and even charring.  HP is also reporting four instances of property damage totaling roughly $4,000.  These particular models could have been purchased at Best Buy, Wal-Mart or Costco, at authorized HP dealers nationwide, or online at www.hp.com from March 2013 through August 2015.  The batteries were included in a wide range of notebook computers with costs ranging from the entry-level price points (about $300), all the way to the top of the line machines ($1,700 roughly).  The following bar codes are what you'll need to look for if you have one of these models of notebook computers.  The bar codes are located directly on the battery, so you'll want to pull the battery from the bottom of your laptop and check:

  • 6BZLU
  • 6CGFK
  • 6CGFQ
  • 6CZMB
  • 6DEMA
  • 6DEMH
  • 6DGAL
  • 6EBVA

Consumers are urged to immediately stop using models which contain the recalled batteries.  The best course of action to take is to contact HP for your free replacement battery, which you are entitled to if your laptop model and battery were one of the affected units.  You can reach HP toll-free at (888)202-4320 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.  You can also visit www.hp.com/go/batteryprogram2016 - the official HP Battery Recall page, where you can request your replacement battery there.  Of course, if you're confused or unsure of what you have, you can always call your friendly, local computer technicians right here in the heart of Tyler, TX!

ETV Software's Computer Repair in Tyler

1333 South Beckham Avenue, Tyler TX 75701

(903)858-4383