"Our tests demonstrate fairly little difference between a $225 LGA 1155 Core i5-2500K and a $1000 LGA 2011 Core i7-3960X, even when three-way graphics card configurations are involved. It turns out that memory bandwidth and PCIe throughput don't hold back the performance of existing Sandy Bridge-based machines. "
The usual game issue is the GPU, not so much the CPU. But consumers are programmed that the i7 is king.
The Samsung or similar model was in a recent reply at http://forums.cnet.com/7723-19680_102-579928/needing-advice/?tag=contentBody;threadListing
Not bad to ask. My only comment is that you must be ready for shorter life spans as we are cramming a lot into a small space. Figure a year or two earlier repairs.
I've been racking my brains for over a month, for a new laptop. I have been using my old desktop for years, and I feel I deserve a REALLY good laptop.
I use my desktop mainly for watching movies. I haven't even tried Photoshop yet because my desktop is in such a crappy condition. Needless to say I haven't had a very personal relationship with games, either.
However, I've used photo editing softwares, and also
played games on my friends' laptops, I never figured I needed those, since I only watch movies all the time, but now I guess it was just cognitive dissonance. I think I've loved them all along but never admitted it because
I couldn't play on my desktop.
Here's my question : Do I really need a gaming laptop now, considering this is only my first laptop?
Do I really need an i7 3rd gen with 8GB RAM?
My budget is $1000 (maybe even 1100)
Oh and I also need a backlit keyboard. I dont
have a big issue with it, but I figure I'll like it coz I stay up late all the time.
And as I said earlier, I'm a total movie buff.
And I've only just got into gaming. But I'd love to pursue it further. So I thought I could keep my options open.
The ones I've shortlisted are these :
Asus N56VM-RB71 i7gen3, 8GB RAM
Dell Inspiron 15R i5 gen3 6GB RAM
Samsung NP550P5C i7gen3 8GB RAM
Hope I didn't sound too stupid. Thanks in advance. I really need help, I've been thinking over this for over a month!