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Celeron Processor

I am thinking about purchasing a new laptop with Intel® Celeron® Processor 1005M (3M Cache, 1.90GHz) w/ 4GB of RAM. When Celeron CPUs were introduced (10+ years ago), I remember purchasing one and found out it was so slow and decided to NEVER buy it again.

But that was a long time ago and wonder how much Celeron has advanced. Is it better now?
As seen below, the more $ I spend, the faster processor I can get, but not sure if it all worth it.

Intel® Pentium® 2020M Processor (2M Cache, 2.40 GHz)         $50
Intel® Core™ i3-3120M Processor (2.50GHz, 3MB L3 Cache)      $100
Intel® Core™ i5-3230M Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.20 GHz)   $200

I am going to use the laptop 99% of the time surfing the Internet, You Tube, Word/Excel/Access. So I may be able to get away with Celeron ... but because my son plays "League of Legends" occasionally, I was not sure if this Celeron will be adequate.

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8/22/2022 - Mon
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@Morty500UK & garycase
So it sounds like I won't regret buying Celeron CPU machine if it is for Internet/Word/Excel stuff. Remember how slow Celeron PCs used to run? It was unbearable compared to Pentium.
With today's Celeron, say if Celeron CPU takes 5 seconds to open Internet/Word/Excel and i3/i5 takes 4 to 5 seconds, to me that is negligible because they are both plenty fast for me.
But if it takes 1 minute to load OS on Celeron where it only takes 20/30 seconds on i3/i5, then it is something to think about.

Based on your opinion, I understand I would be better off buying either i3 or i5 for my son due to heavy graphics demand.
Gary Case

You're correct -- for Internet/E-Mail/Word/Excel the Celeron is just fine.    It's even okay for basic gaming ... I'm not sure how intensive the game you noted is (I'm decidedly NOT a gamer).   But clearly the i5 would be the best choice for gaming needs -- the HD4000 graphics is a good enough integrated GPU that it outperforms a lot of the basic dedicated cards.
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The Celeron of a decade ago is a TOTALLY different processor than today's.

A decade ago it was a hamstrung version of an already-flawed Netburst architecture CPU.   Today, it's simply a lower-end processor in the Core architecture lineup.   The processing power of the Celeron above is more than 5 times that power of the most-power P-IV ever produced !!  (and of course the Celerons of that timeframe were FAR less powerful).
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I appreciate all the input!