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#1 Zlain

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 12:08

Long story:

 

I've been trying to get a good laptop for £700. Obviously compromises must be made. I've found one with optimizations that allow for a 16GB Micro hard drive SSD. (This allows me to stay in budget rather than the main drive being in an SSD one). My needs are that I just want a fastboot up and good performance. Here comes the issue with performance:

 

I can get the Laptop for £705, with a i5 (4th gen) and Nvidia GT G740M or I could get it for £748 with an i7 quad core 4th gen but an intel 4600 card. Finally, if I was feeling like spending a lot, for £800, I could have both the graphics card and the i7.

 

Short story

 

Obviously I'm not committed to this laptop, I'll happily shop around, but I guess the general question I'm asking is this:

 

Should you spend more to get an i7 quad core (i7 4702mq) with an intel hd 4600 or save and get an i5 4200m and a dedicated graphics card Nvidia GT G740M). I'm a casual gamer.




#2 Tony.

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 12:16

Shop around for a laptop with possibly a 2 hard drive bay, you could get a 60GB hard drive for less than £50 these days and a normal hard drive to store your games, so you have the benefits of performance and space, 16GB would not cut it.



#3 OP Zlain

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 12:17

Shop around for a laptop with possibly a 2 hard drive bay, you could get a 60GB hard drive for less than £50 these days and a normal hard drive to store your games, so you have the benefits of performance and space, 16GB would not cut it.

 

Okay, I'll deselect that option then. What about the i5 + dedicated graphics card against i7 with integrated intel card?



#4 typu

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 12:19

for your limited budget this might be an OK choice

http://www.amazon.co...05858572&sr=1-1



#5 Brian M.

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 12:22

Okay, I'll deselect that option then. What about the i5 + dedicated graphics card against i7 with integrated intel card?


It really depends on your usage.

Which games do you play?

Do you do anything (video editing, etc) which would utilise a dedicated graphics card beyond gaming?

Do you do anything (running multiple VMs, number crunching, etc) which would be very CPU heavy?

#6 OP Zlain

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 12:24

It really depends on your usage.

Which games do you play?

Do you do anything (video editing, etc) which would utilise a dedicated graphics card beyond gaming?

Do you do anything (running multiple VMs, number crunching, etc) which would be very CPU heavy?

 

Urm my course will require me to eventually write a c++ code. I anticipate I may need to use Matlab too or some other software for post processing results. 



#7 Tony.

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 12:54

What games will you be playing, it will mean the difference between getting the i7 (better for compiling etc) or the dedicated graphics (better for gaming).



#8 typu

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 13:31

http://www.dell.com/...nspiron-15-7537

 

not too shabby either



#9 OP Zlain

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 14:32

What games will you be playing, it will mean the difference between getting the i7 (better for compiling etc) or the dedicated graphics (better for gaming).

 

The most intensive would probably be battlefield 3 but I don't mind playing at reduced settings etc. 



#10 Tony.

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 21:55

The most intensive would probably be battlefield 3 but I don't mind playing at reduced settings etc. 

 

Then the i5 should be fine.