Processor Speed I Need

I use a computer for email, searches, facebook, general reading. The programs I use are 2010 versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Access, Printmaster. I also use Gimp and other photo editing software and Bible study software. Sometimes I have 2-3 programs running. Do I need an Intel Core i5 processor or will an i3 series be fine?
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  1. Thank you! You just saved me $100 bucks!
  2. It's a laptop--2nd generation i3-2370M versus 3rd generation i5-3210M
  3. This is so helpful! I understand the differences much better and can easily see why I don't need the more expensive set up. I don't play online games at all. I mainly create newsletters, brochures, flyers, marketing emails, website copy, etc in MS Publisher or Printmaster. The laptop I'm considering has 6GB shared dual channel DDR3 memory and a 500GB 5400 RPM SATA hard drive. Is this OK? I'm 60 years old and hoping the system capabilities of this computer will last me until I move to Heaven! . I'm working part time now so I don't use it as much as I did before. I don't need the latest and the greatest, but I would like to buy a system that won't be outdated next year!
  4. :) Enjoy your week! It's been a pleasure chatting with ya.
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