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Buying a New Laptop, Which Core? :s

Hi!

I'm going to be buying a new laptop. I'm looking for one with a Decent GPU, Decent CPU, and just regular Stats.

The one I'm looking at is the Dell Studio 14, or 15.

It has the Raedon 1GB, Win7 HP 64x, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD.

The Core is what i'm a bit stuck on..

It comes with a Customizable Core i3-370M, Core i5-450M, Core i5-460M, and the Core i7 which is Way out of my price range!

So, I'm just wondering which one is better with a better Value for money? I'd get the Core i5, but it's about $670HKD More than the Core i3, and I'm wondering whether the Core i5 is worth it? (Both models of Core i5 are the Same Price!)

Also, I'd typically be using it for Gaming, not like Crysis or CoD hardcore gaming, but like Quake - that doesn't do too much damage, I've been using it just fine on my Centrino Duo with an intergrated GPU. As well as Web Design, Image design, and Programming with Visual Studio.

Would it make sense to spend the extra money for the Core i5, or would you think the Core i3 would be good enough?

Thanks alot! Any help Appreciated! Happy

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My workhorse laptops are a Core2Duo and an i5 machine. The i5 really is the smooth and fast machine of the two. But I don't play games so the machine have their stock graphics. The i3 is not a bad choice as it does have dual core and hyperthreading. The i3 may hit your price.
Bob

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The i5 is Definitely Worth it!!!

Hi,

I work for Intel and the Core i5 will definitely be worth spending the extra money in your case. The i5 has turbo boost and hyper-threading, which allows it speed up when you need extra performance,while preserving your battery when you don't. The i3 does not have turbo boost, though it does have hyper-threading which allows for 4 way multi-tasking. As you continue gaming and programming, I would definitely advise you get the strongest processor so that you computer will continue to perform as technology advances. Hope this helps.

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