I am basically looking at these two laptops z710 and z50. I can get both for the same price of 525GBP=840USD
I am looking to use the laptop for light gaming and some light number-crunching like Mathematica/Maple. Also do it bit of Adobe Photoshop, but just casually. The laptop is also for general work, like word processing etc, but I doubt that would be a problem. I do want the laptop to remain relevant for as long as possible though. (see template below)
To summarize the differences between the laptops:
Dual-core Intel Core i7-4510U
NVIDIA GeForce GT840M 4GB
15.6" Monitor (Does not matter)
Quad Core Intel Core i7-4710MQ Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GT 840M 2GB
17.3" Monitor (Does not matter)
Also the z710 has some minor things like 1 more USB3.0 port.
Both the screens are 1920x1080 resolution. So the 4GB graphics card is excess right? It would be better to stick to the 2GB 840M to get the Quad Core?
I am deciding between two laptops (which swap one aspect for another) and not buying an entirely new system but I will fill in this template just for more info.
My budget for the new computer is: >850USD
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
>word processing, a little programming, number crunching(Mathematica, Maple), light gaming(casual games like Dota2, hearthstone, don't need to Ultrahigh setting the latest AAA games), email
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
>Microsoft Office. Mathematica, Maple, Adobe Photoshop, Dota2, Hearthstone, Mech Warrior Online. Intend to use the computer for all-purpose work,play for the next 4+ years at least.
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
>Dota2 , Hearthstone, Mech Warrior Online(very rarely), StarCraft 2
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?
>Regularly open more than 1 at a time, but nothing too crazy. Maybe 1 web browser and another 1-2 apps like Office, Adobe Photoshop. Usually game with no other apps opened
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
>Yes photos but I do have an 1TB external for that. My entire collection is currently less than 200GB
Will you be overclocking?
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
>England, United Kingdom
How many monitors are you planning to use?
Do you need peripherals? OS?
>No Peripherals. Windows 7/8/8.1 is fine
Any particular reason why you are upgrading?
>Old Laptop suffered HDD failure and/or Overheating after 3 years
Edited by TheJs, 06 November 2014 - 06:39 AM.