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Deciding between i7-4710HQ or i7-4510U + GTX 850m 4GB for a new music laptop


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#1 burtmakai

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 11:33 AM

So I'm in a bit of a predicament. I'm getting my laptop replaced by HP after a mishap with their repair department. I am looking for advise on what is the better option when it comes to processing power and graphics. Both options don't seem perfect in this situation. I have a desktop for the heavy lifting, but I go on the road a fair amount and what to keep working as much as possible. I use my laptop for mainly these 3 things:

1) Music Publishing - Finale 2014. This is my livelihood. Uses VST instruments.
2) Music Production - Cubase 7.5 and Pro Tools with a decent amount of VST instrument use.
3) Gaming - The types of game tittles I play include Batman: Arkham Origins, The Binding of Issac, Bioshock Infinite, Civilization 5, etc.
4) Simple Video Production - Mostly editing video down. Not much correction done. Adobe Premiere.

Here are the specs of the two models they are offering me:

The specs are the same in both except for the processor.

HP Pavilion - 17t Touch i7 Laptop
K4U17AV_1
4th generation Intel® Core™ i7-4510U Dual Core Processor + 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
SuperMulti DVD burner
12GB DDR3L System Memory (2 Dimm)
Intel 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth® [1x1]
4-cell 41WHr Lithium-ion Battery
Backlit Keyboard with Fingerprint Reader
HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Dual Digital Microphone (natural silver)
17.3-inch diagonal Full HD WLED-backlit Display (1920x1080) Touchscreen
1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
3C14 Cycle AV
Windows 8.1 64

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HP Pavilion - 17t Touch i7 Laptop
J2R68AV_1
4th generation Intel® Core™ i7-4710HQ Quad Core Processor + Intel® HD Graphics 4600
SuperMulti DVD burner
12GB DDR3L System Memory (2 Dimm)
Intel 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth® [1x1]
4-cell 41WHr Lithium-ion Battery
Backlit Keyboard with Fingerprint Reader
HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Dual Digital Microphone (natural silver)
17.3-inch diagonal Full HD WLED-backlit Display (1920x1080) Touchscreen
1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
3C14 Cycle AV
Windows 8.1 64

For reference here is what I currently have:

dv7t Quad Ed
• Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
• 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM Processor (2.3 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)
• NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M Graphics with 2GB GDDR5 memory [HDMI, VGA]
• FREE UPGRADE to 8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
• FREE Upgrade to 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
• 32GB mSSD Hard Drive Acceleration Cache
• Microsoft® Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word/Excel® only, No PowerPoint®/Outlook®
• No additional security software
• 30% off 9 cell Lithium Ion Battery
• 17.3-inch diagonal Full HD Anti-glare LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080)
• FREE Upgrade to Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
• HP TrueVision HD Webcam
• 802.11b/g/n WLAN
• Backlit Keyboard
• Included 2 Year Warranty
• HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

I want a laptop that is Future Proof for at least another 2-3 years.

I know both are newer models than I currently have, but my laptop was specifically built to handle the above tasks. 

Any advice you can give me?

Thank you in advance.


Edited by hamluis, 01 December 2014 - 07:36 AM.
Moved from System Building to Buying New - Hamluis.


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#2 Kilroy

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 07:41 PM

All other things being equal, go with the quad core machine, but the dual core will be better for gaming.






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