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Should I buy the following laptop?

by Omersho / January 27, 2017 1:15 PM PST

Hey everyone,
I would like to buy a laptop that can easily handle the fact I usually open up 30 windows/tabs (I'm not exaggerating) simultaneously, without "stealing" some precious time from me. I also need it to cost 800$ or less. I wondered if you can tell me what do you think about the following computer of HP ( HP 250 G5, Z2Y31ES):
Intel Core i7-6500 3.1GHz
8 GB DDR4-2133 Mhz Turbo Ram
256 GB SuperSpeed M.2 SSD
Intel HD Graphics DirectX® 12
15,6" Full-HD Display, LED-Backlight
Wireless Lan AC, Gigabit Lan, Bluetooth
USB 3.0, USB 2.0, DTS Studio-Sound

I would appreciate any honest opinion! Happy

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The thing is.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2017 1:17 PM PST

What's in those tabs? If they are active you would have the same problem as before.

Let's hear more, what browser and what is your current machine.

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Scientific papers...
by Omersho / January 27, 2017 1:49 PM PST
In reply to: The thing is.

Well, usually what's in those tabs are scientific papers...
What do you mean by "active", though? That these are 10 YouTube tabs and all of those videos are playing?

My computer in the last 4.5 years is an Asus K53E, Intel Core i3-2330M CPU @ 2.20GHz, 4GB RAM.

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Papers could be megabytes in size.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2017 2:07 PM PST
In reply to: Scientific papers...

I've seen them be 100's of MB so your current machine might be just as good if you maxed out the RAM and tossed in a SSD. There are more cores, more ram but it's not as if it will run many times faster or respond in say 10 times faster.

The new machine has one black mark against it. HP walked on a warranty on me so for me any HP is no sale.

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What about the processor?
by Omersho / January 28, 2017 2:10 AM PST

What about the difference in the processor?

Anyway, do you have a suggestion for a computer you'd consider better for the needs I described and which costs around 800$ or less? Happy

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I noted that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2017 7:51 AM PST

But 20 or 10 tabs displaying "content" it's not a core count/CPU issue but one of RAM and the HDD. SSD helps here. It's more about RAM and the browser itself. If you want the best you don't limit your browser to say Chrome. You would try the others. Some folk lockup about that.

As to better, no. No machine I know would be 10x faster on the web pages since that's all about RAM and your internet connection (for the initial load of the pages.)

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You could but...
by Zouch / January 28, 2017 2:56 AM PST

You might be a little disappointed with the speed up. The 2330M is dual core with hyperthreading at 2.2 GHz, the i7-6500u is also dual core with hyperthreading at 2.5 GHz base frequency with Turboboost up to 3.1 GHz. The SSD will likely be your biggest gain, though 500 GB would be better if it fits in your budget. The RAM will also help and you can upgrade it later to 16 GB or 32 GB, if necessary. You could add those to your existing machine but a Sandy Bridge is a bit long in the tooth now.

You might be better off with an i5 either a dual core with hyperthreading at a faster base frequency or a quad core with hypertheading, preferably not a "u". It might leave you a bit more for your SSD.

"Scientific papers" suggests Office type work, which an i5 eats for breakfast! if there is a lot of image processing, an i7 is probably better.

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by Omersho / January 28, 2017 6:08 AM PST
In reply to: You could but...

Thanks a lot! Happy

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