Biohead, on 12 November 2012 - 19:47, said:
It'll be a bit more than surfing the web, but no (or hardly any) video processing. Probably a few posters in Photoshop, and games such as Football Manager.
It's also got to last a few years, so that's why I'm trying to go for an i5 over i3.
Assuming their computing habits aren't going to change drastically, an i3 will last as long as an i5. General computing isn't going to require 4 cores any time soon, and most software is regressing on CPU requirements to be compatible with more devices.
If the price is close, I'd rather an i3 and graphics card than an i5 alone.