Today I point to the i3 CPU, 4GB RAM and the usual 250GB hard drives as the value machines.
The Core 2 Duo is a good choice, better than the Pentium Dual Core but why the older machine?
I'm trying to decide between a ThinkPad T400 with a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB RAM and 160GB hard drive and a ThinkPad Edge with a dual-core 1.50GHz processor, 3 GB RAM and a 250GB hard drive. I'm really confused about whether processing speed or RAM is more important for me in this case.
I do a lot of multitasking -- it's pretty common for me to have 30 Internet windows and five or six programs open at one time -- and I edit photos every day. I don't generally play computer games, but I occasionally edit audio and video (in which case I generally shut down other programs first). I'd be grateful for any advice, as I'm completely befuddled by all the information I've gathered so far. Please help!
I'm also considering a Toshiba Satellite with a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, 3GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive, which has even more storage than the other two options, but a still slower processor.