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$160 processor upgrade worth it?


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#1 Blaze413

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 08:27 PM

Hi everybody,

I am soon going to be purchasing a laptop from Malibal and they have listed as a choice either: Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM, 6MB L3 Cache, 2.0-2.9GHz or Intel® Core™ i7-2720QM, 6MB L3 Cache, 2.2-3.3GHz (add $160)

the total spacs are:

15.6 matte display
processor (deciding)
8gb ddr3 1333MHz ram
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 1.5gb GDDR5
500gb 7200rpm HDD
8X Multi DVD+/-R/RW RAM Dual-Layer Drive
Intel® 6300 Ultimate-N 802.11A/B/G/N LAN Card
windows 7 home premium 64bit

just didnt know if for GAMING that processor would see enough of a boost to make it worth it...or should i put that money on the processor towards an 80gb SSD?

thanks for any advise!

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 12:26 AM

Games now relies on the graphics more then the processor, so i would take the SSD option.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 07:44 AM

Ok..do u think this laptop will be able to play the new games like battlefield 3 on max graphics? I have very little experience with NVIDIA as I am a ATI fan
....I know it's 1.5gb DDR5 but would u happen to know an ATI card in similar performance? I just want a laptop that will play the newer games if not on highest settings at least close cuz I don't think I'm allowed to take my main rig to college lol (to bulky coarsair 300D) so this laptop will be it's replacement

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 08:02 AM

Yes the graphics card would most likely be able to play the new upcoming games at max settings.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 10:06 AM

Awsome thanks for your help! SSD it is :)

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 04:28 PM

No problems!

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 02:27 PM

Blaze... did you buy from them? What was your experience?

Anybody have bad experience from them?
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Posted 05 August 2011 - 10:30 PM

Sadly not yet decided to hold off till tax return so I have only had experience with their support staff which is amazing and even responded to a question of mine 15min after I posted it and it was at midnight lol

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 06:39 PM

If one ever has the choice between faster Graphics and slower CPU to hit a price point... the smarter choice is ALWAYS for faster graphics IMHO and I'm sure many others agree. This is within reason and near the middle of the "bell curve". Sure there are extremes at either end making CPU better choice but for the most part money is better spent on graphics. Also for a notebook the slightly slower CPU will consume less current and thus increase battery life.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 12:38 AM

If one ever has the choice between faster Graphics and slower CPU to hit a price point... the smarter choice is ALWAYS for faster graphics IMHO and I'm sure many others agree. This is within reason and near the middle of the "bell curve". Sure there are extremes at either end making CPU better choice but for the most part money is better spent on graphics. Also for a notebook the slightly slower CPU will consume less current and thus increase battery life.

I totally agree with you, last week i built my new desktop and i forked out $518 for the 2 graphics card and i only spent $185 for the processor. Most games nowadays rely more on the graphics card then the processor.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 11:31 AM

If one ever has the choice between faster Graphics and slower CPU to hit a price point... the smarter choice is ALWAYS for faster graphics IMHO and I'm sure many others agree. This is within reason and near the middle of the "bell curve". Sure there are extremes at either end making CPU better choice but for the most part money is better spent on graphics. Also for a notebook the slightly slower CPU will consume less current and thus increase battery life.


Which one is the best choice depends on the use for which the computer is being bought. My opinion of course. For the normal non gamer a faster CPU and built-in video with HDMI out for connecting to a HDTV could be a better choice.

My previous computer had only built in graphics. It was a Q6600 CPU which was good for the day. I bought it to edit and encode video. At that time CPU made the biggest difference. No gaming.

My latest computer is a I7 with a modest Nvidia card only so I could play with CUDA in video encoding.

The last one a I7 2600 I built for my brother, also a non gamer, same basic system.

Both have SSD boot + SATA 7200RPM data drives. Both boot very quick and programs open speedily.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:00 PM

SSD are really expensive for a large capacity since i prefer to put all my programs/games on it and not on the second drive.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 09:30 AM

To true about the expense and where programs go vs data.....
I'm guessing some of those games can eat up drive space.

That is why Mine is only a 300Gb SSD and I used a 160Gb in my brothers since he doesn't load all those programs to work with video. Working from memory I seem to remember that between the two computers I spent $800 +/- on SSDs.

Both computers the Data drives are just that Data only. Free space is approx 1/2 the drive on the 160Gb and 200Gb on mine. I seem to remember reading that how much free space is on the drive can also impact lifetime as it gives the drive more space to use with wear leveling.

So far we both like the speed.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 04:42 PM

You might as well do hybrid SSD which is close enough to the true speed of a SSD.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 04:52 PM

I thought about that and decided I wanted SSD for boot after having issues with traditional drives. I believe the Intel has a 5 year warranty now. One program that used to take minutes to be fully ready to go, now takes almost no time after I click on it and then close the MOTD. It shuts down much faster too.

And reduced heat.

In the laptop with the SSD I no longer fear damaging the drive from a impact.

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