Posted 02 October 2012 - 23:25
I'm looking to get a laptop which will very primarily be used for programming. It's something I've been thinking of doing for a while, and it definitely makes the most sense, as this way I can take the laptop to the library and do my programming there when I just need to get away and really concentrate without the usual household or other computer distractions (like Steam!!!).
Now, this isn't really a "what laptop should I buy thread" in the traditional sense (otherwise this would have gone in the HH ^^'), but more a couple of questions. I've usually gone with high-ish end PC hardware because I love my games, so naturally I've had nice compile times and never really been bogged down with Intellisense updates. However, seen as this laptop will primarily and nigh-on exclusively just for programming, I don't want to spend a lot of money if I don't have to (although not to say I won't if needs be).
So, what I'm asking really, is how much do lower-end processors like a second or third gen i3 processor effect compile times and intellisense updates compared to a second-gen i7 2600K? Is it quite dramatic, or is it within the realms of acceptability? I don't really want it to go dog-slow, but obviously I'm comfortable with it not being as fast as my home PC (for obvious reasons). Also, has VS 2012 implemented hardware acceleration or not? As obviously this would affect what graphics card would be best in this laptop.
Many thanks all.