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su7300 with 2g ram or su3500 with 4 gig ram?

by Savage937 / February 14, 2010 2:18 AM PST

Hey everyone - I'm buying a new laptop - probably the Dell Vostro V13 - but I'm on a budget and can't get maxed-out specs. So I figured I could afford either their Core 2 Solo SU3500 model with 4 gigs of RAM or their Core 2 Duo SU7300 model with only 2 gigs or RAM. I will be using the laptop for very basic things - word, excel, internet, streaming, downloads and photo uploads, etc. No intensive applications. But I'd like to have the fastest, smoothest experience I can - quickest boot-up time, etc. Which spec do you suggest I do with?

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Go with the Core 2 Duo
by Jimmy Greystone / February 14, 2010 2:33 AM PST

Go with the Core 2 Duo system. It'll be a lot easier (and cheaper) to add more RAM at some later date when finances are a bit more plentiful compared to the CPU. Only having 2GB will be pushing things a bit, but a single core CPU on a new laptop will likely be even worse long term. Just try and set aside a little money here and there to eventually buy another 2GB of RAM later. If it takes 3-6 months, then so be it, but sooner or later you'll want to get more RAM for the system.

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Core 2 Duao ...what's the difference in cost
by VAPCMD / February 14, 2010 2:49 AM PST

between the SU7300 with 2GBs RAM and 4GBs RAM ?


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cost difference
by Savage937 / February 14, 2010 3:16 AM PST

The core 2 solo with 4 gigs of RAM would cost $794, the core 2 duo with 2 gigs of ram would cost $669, and the core 2 duo with 4 gigs of ram would be $844 (past $800 and my budget).

I've been thinking about going with the core 2 duo and 2gigs ram and upgrading to 4 gigs, once a single piece of 4 gig ram hits the $100 mark...

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by Jimmy Greystone / February 14, 2010 4:04 AM PST
In reply to: cost difference

Yeah, if you buy RAM from Dell they're going to charge you through the nose for it typically because it'd be covered under the warranty and they may have to replace it if it goes bad. You buy something aftermarket, and it'll be quite a bit cheaper. You can probably get 4GB of DDR2 SO-DIMMs for $150 or less at like a Best Buy, and that's before any promotional deals they may have.

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i'll buy the core 2 duo
by Savage937 / February 14, 2010 4:50 AM PST
In reply to: Yeah

...and pick up extra ram later on. thanks guys for the help!

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by VAPCMD / February 14, 2010 5:02 AM PST
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Actually I'm a little shocked to see a $175 difference between a system with 2GBs and 4GBs when the cost of 4GBs DDR3 laptop RAM at Newegg is only $110. That being the case....I'd be inclined to get the Core 2 Duo system with the 2GBs and get a matched 4GB DDR3 kit from another source.

Might also look at the Technology Deals available over at

Let us know how it works out.


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