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Performance vs Stability

I'm starting law school next year and I need a laptop for class. I also want to use this for gaming on occassion.

Battery life is not an issue. Each class room has outlets at every student desk. However, heat/stability is an issue as well as performance. My understanding is that as performance increases (with heat), stability decreases. I'm looking for the middle ground between performance and stability.

Best I've found so far is the Lenovo IdeaPad Y460P 439526U Notebook PC.

Given the specs, can anyone guess how stable this machine would be? I'd be running the computer for 4-5 hours at a time.

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Sorry but gaming on laptops is known to be trouble.

And 4 to 5 hour runs without adding more cooling or expecting trouble after two years is well, wishful thinking.

Gamers tend to be a problem for laptops. That is, I've yet to find one I can recommend without noting that trouble is going to follow.

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That's what I feared.

The 4-5 hour run times would be mostly for class and word processing. I suppose I wouldn't use it for games so much. Perhaps it's not worth the extra hardware.

I suppose I just want something that will remain competitive over the next 4 years. Perhaps that is wishful thinking as well. Maybe I'll just settle for a dual core for endurance.

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That helped.

Look at the units that have SWITCHABLE GRAPHICS. These greatly reduce the impact of the gaming GPU on the heat and power use.

If you pull back to the rather nice dual core i5 or i7 you see nice performance without the heat and power impact of the quad core i7.

The 4 year laptop for college is a challenge. While I see folk get the much, usually it's just barely and none are "competive" in 2 years. Moore's law remains in effect even after this much time. For example that iPad 2 can challenge a super computer from 1990.

Having said all that, did you look at the Alienware 14 or 15 with the i5? How about a nice Apple Mac Pro?

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Thank you. I like the switchable graphics idea. I can't seem to find any laptops with that, though. I've checked Tigerdirect and Newegg. No luck.

Apple computers are overpriced. Alienware too.

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Most of the mainstream i7 processors

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