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I'm buying a new Laptop, but I have a dilemma!


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#1 Swordie

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:20 PM

I am heading off to college this fall and thought I would pick up a laptop during the holiday season. The dilemma I have is between an i5 or an i7 ivy bridge processor. Given that I will be doing a lot of word processing, spreadsheets, and possibly some video editing and other projects in college, which type of processor should I have in my laptop? Will the battery life of the laptop be better with one core versus another? Is the i7 worth the extra $100 or so?

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 08:58 AM

A i5 is the tops i would do go up to for the processor.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:23 PM

Aside from cost, what brings you to that conclusion? Is the performance of the two that close?
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 05:18 PM

For the tasks that was mentioned, an i5 can do it with ease. A i7 would be really just an overkill and there would be no gain in performance from the i7.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:05 PM

Understood. Would the i7 be more future-proof than the i5 or is that a non-factor as well?
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:40 PM

Non-factor.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 05:55 AM

Hi,
I think, your requirements are fulfilled by i5 processor. You have lots of stuff to buy, and new technologies launched every hour. So, better to go with i5, you have an option to change it when you join the corporate world, but for now, it is sufficient.

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:45 AM

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