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A successor to the Intel Core i3 processor, the third generation i5 processor have been implemented on a number of desktop models. PC operation with the desktops running on i5 processor is found to be faster, richer and smoother than the previous versions of processors, and multitasking with i5 processors is done with ease. Our list of best i5 desktop models also support viewing of rich visuals and processing of high-end graphics.

The i5 processors from Intel are implemented on desktop models for mid-range to high-range consumer and business usages. Along with the standard desktops, the i5 processors are also implemented on the advanced all-in-one desktops where higher bandwidth is needed for greater performance.

The need for finer processor while creating, sharing, exploring, or gaming is complemented by the Intel Core i5 processors. Specific tasks such as gaming, music composing, video editing, HD video viewing are effectively accomplished with the help of dual and quad cores in the i5 processors.

i5 processors support intelligent networking for reliable data transmission etc and are also known for effective usage of power supply sent to your desktop.

Technologies:
Intel Turbo Boost Technology automatically boosts processor speed just when required by adapting to the kind of task performed.
Intel Quick Sync Video helps your desktop perform effectively during editing, burning, and sharing of the videos.
Intel HD Graphics, especially implemented in 3rd generation Intel processors, integrates the graphics engine and media processing for a better (3 times than the previous generation) gaming experience.

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Apple iMac

Apple iMac 27-inch 3.2 GHz Core i5 Desktop


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Apple iMac 27-inch (2013)
Lenovo IdeaCentre H520
Gateway DX4870 (2013)
Acer AT3-600-UR11
Gateway DX4860-UR28
Apple iMac 27-inch 3.2 GHz Core i5 Desktop
Lenovo IdeaCentre H520 Desktop
Gateway DX4870-UB17 Desktop
Acer AT3-600-UR11
Gateway DX4860-UR28 Desktop
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Release Date
Sep 2013
Jun 2013
Apr 2013
Mar 2013
Jun 2013
Processor Type
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i5
Display
27-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology
Form Factor
All-in-one
Tower
HDD Size
1024.0 GB
1024.0 GB
1024.0 GB
1000.0 GB
1024.0 GB
Installed Memory
8 GB (DDR3-SDRAM)
8 GB (DDR3-SDRAM)
6 GB DDR3 RAM
6 GB DDR3
8 GB (DDR3-SDRAM)
Operating System
OS X Mountain Lion
Windows 8
Windows 8
Microsoft Windows 8
Windows 8
Processor
Intel Core i5
Core i5-3330 3 GHz
Core i5-3220 Dual-core 3.3 GHz
Intel Core i5-3330
Core i5 3330 3.0 GHz
Recommended Use
Business

  • Anyone who bought last year's redesigned iMac doesn't need to upgrade, but for owners of older models or anyone looking to switch, the latest 27-inch Apple iMac offers a wide-ranging set of internal upgrades.


  • Though it's mainly a speed bump, the inclusion of the latest 4th-generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 775M Kepler graphics bump the Apple iMac 27-inch (Intel Core i5-4670) back to the top spot on our high-end all-in-one desktop list.

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    You'll buy the iMac for its beautiful display and robust performance, not the thickness of the bezel.


  • Lenovo continues to make strides in the slim desktop PC category with the IdeaCentre H520s. It combines a slim space-saving design with ease of use and a range of entertainment features. It features an Intel Core i5 CPU, 6GB of RAM, built-in wireless connectivity and a 1TB hard drive. The slim design does limit future expansion, but it comes with everything most users will need.


  • is a high-tier desktop suitable for power-seeking users who don't want to pay too much for their computer. Graphics performance is subpar so gamers would do better with another desktop, but other power users would definitely enjoy this Lenovo.


  • The Gateway DX4870-UB2B gives its users what they expect: the latest technology and decent power in an inexpensive desktop PC. It's what we currently recommend for general purpose computing.


  • With solid components, class-leading performance, and room to grow, the Gateway DX4870-UB17 is an excellent desktop on a budget.


  • While the Acer Aspire AT3-600-UR11 isn't exactly the most exciting system out there, it offers a good value thanks to its reasonable price tag, USB 3.0 support, and a roomy 1TB hard drive.


  • Should you buy this desktop when new processors are right around the corner? We think so, as the new processors will probably command a slight premium. But, if youâ??d rather wait, feel free to do so since Acer will no doubt continue using this excellent design for desktops built on the new Intel processors.


  • Acer Aspire AT3-600-UR11 is a desktop for someone requiring bit more power than a typical low-end computer has to offer. If you're into HD movies, casual gaming or some heavy programs, you'd get the most out of this desktop. If you also happen to already own a monitor, buying this Acer wouldn't basically hurt your wallet at all.