But it's not over with the processor, with its description figures of... These processors have some particularly important features. They "can be" with 2, with 4 cores, with 8, 12, 16, 18, and double them... This is equivalent to having in our computer something like 2 processors, even if it emulates on the other 2 and seems to be a "quad", with 4 processors (quadcore), 8 processors, ("octa-core"), etc.
This, obviously, means an increasing computing power but also higher and higher prices... And, this detail is not to be neglected. At this time, the year 2021, systems based on I3 processors are almost outdated by the banal Microsoft Windows 10. As for the "fashionable", "high-end" games as the English speakers say, already the I5 is a minimal standard.
Then, if we consider the newcomer of Windows 11, this minimal standard is mandatory to be generational "from the year 2020 upwards" (which does the descriptive digits of the processor). For details, you can go to the Microsoft blog with reference to Intel products compatible processors (material link) and other data (material link) or the one referring to AMD products, compatible processors (material link)
So, in a "basic logic" it is obvious that the best option would be "come and an I5" (Ryzen 5) if I was going to use the computer to "basic things like internet, tab viewing, office suite and the like"... Or, "come on and an I7" (Ryzen 7) if I use the computer in games but without much pretense... At least in the time future horizon of a maximum of 3 years...
It is not difficult to deduce that a "weak" processor, in addition to the fact that some applications will not want to run, will also attract what will be immediately perceived as "very slow running", possibly the actual blocking of the system... Lock either in the sense that the user does not notice that it would work, although in the background it does everything it can or, blocking it literally... Without considering the possibility of not being able to use an "up to date" operating system.
And, significant would be the basic "working speed" of the processor, the basic CPU, which is measured is currently measured in gigahertz... There would still be details related to the socket, cache, memory support, and other technical data but, it is already too much for now.
In conclusion, the higher the "I" (7) or "R", the better, the higher the number of cores, the better, the higher the number of cores, the higher the "base clock speed" of the CPU, the better... Yes, the same with the other details...
It would be worth remembering here also the problem of the existence of a TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) processor - it also works 1.2 but it will not take long, and it will necessarily move to 2.0, the one considered standard at this time of launch of Windows 11. If you do not have this processor or specific port (TPM) free on the motherboard where you can mount the processor after purchasing it, obviously you will not be able to use Windows 11.
And we're almost done with some minimal information about the processor and its whole...