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#1 DG2007

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 01:25 PM

My current laptop is getting slower and slower and the monitor part is beginning to fall apart. I like Dell (this one has been fantastic but it's getting old) and can get a discount through my husband's work.

*** I'm seriously considering a Dell Studio 14 but I'm not sure which processor to get - any advice is welcome! Thanks!

*** With my needs as listed below do you think I could get away with an i3 or should I go with the i5 or i7? I do like to have multiple windows open at a time, even when running Sims 3 and/or Photoshop so whichever processor would make things run smoother would be great!


My budget for the new computer is: $1000-1500 possibly more

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? email, internet, photo editing and gaming

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word), Photoshop Elements/Premiere Elements 6, Google Chrome

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Sims 3, sometimes WoW but currently not installed on this laptop (not sure if I'll play again)

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? Often - I like to keep several things open at once, like when editing photos I like to run my email and internet browser.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Yes a ton of pictures


Thanks for your advice!
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Posted 08 May 2010 - 06:01 PM

The i7 lappy is not a bad setup ...I would not go near a i3 as they are low end specs.
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Posted 17 May 2010 - 06:01 PM

This should do:

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Add to that a 9 Cell battery, few other accessories and you are good to go!

Edited by ReviverSoft, 17 May 2010 - 06:03 PM.

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 08:32 AM

Thanks for the advice! I am looking into the Dell you recommended. I love my current Dell so I'm comfortable getting another.

However, I was looking at the Sony website - my husband has a Sony and he loves it, plus I have a Sony camera so my memory stick would be compatible with a Sony laptop (no adapter necessary). Could anyone give me advice on these Sony laptops? Sony Laptop - CW Series. I'm thinking with an i5 processor . . . anything else I should know about these?


THANKS!
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Posted 20 May 2010 - 06:24 PM

It looks like you will have to customize the Sony CW series notebook, keeping the specs. from the Studio 14 as reference.

Ultimately comes down to your personal preference. :blink:
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Posted 20 May 2010 - 06:29 PM

Which video card would be better between the two options (ideally, which will run Sims 3 the best)?

* NVIDIAŽ GeForceŽ 310M GPU with 256MB DDRD3 dedicated VRAM (comes with the Sony)

* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450 1GB (Dell)

I really appreciate the help I'm so clueless when it comes to this stuff, even though I've been doing a ton of research.
Thanks!
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Posted 20 May 2010 - 06:41 PM

Glad you asked, the HD 5450 1GB it is. :blink:

Edited by ReviverSoft, 20 May 2010 - 06:41 PM.

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