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Which laptop to buy?

by kushalashok / September 27, 2010 7:41 PM PDT

I have been browsing around and trying to figure out which laptop to buy.
As most of the things depend on type of use, let me tell you that I am going to use it for running software like Visual Studio, SQL management, photo-video editing, web surfing and gaming sometimes.
There are two things I am confused about:
Which processor (i3 or i5) would be better for me?
Do I need a graphics card as well? And, can I attach a graphics card later, after buying the laptop?

I came across the following models and need your advice about them:
Acer 5745
Compaq 112-TU
Dell 14R

I am concerned about the prices as well. I want the cheapest laptop which suffice my needs.

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go cheap
by drksvant / September 28, 2010 3:38 AM PDT
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your need will most likely take you to getting a gaming laptop. but here is what you should know. core2duos and quads will suffice as gaming processors. i3 is a new and renamed core2quad variant and of course faster, i5 is even better. now if you want to go cheaper I suggest you get the i3 and get chose a laptop with a good video card. on your list of what you are going to do with your laptop, a fast video card is imperative. so make room for a video card upgrade as these stock laptops may not have the video power you need. If you really want to go cheaper, then get a desktop... twice the power at half the price.
when you get your laptop, you should know how to take care of it and to troubleshoot it in case problems arise. Here is a link I suggest you keep bookmarked for future reference: http://laptoptroubleshoot.com/

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i5!!!!!!!
by iTechGuy16 / September 28, 2010 9:34 AM PDT
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Hi,

I work for Intel and based on your usage the i5 is the processor for your. Though they are both duo core, the i5 is faster and has hyper-threading and Turbo Boost. The i3 does not. Turbo boost gives your computer that extra boost when you are running processor heavy applications such as photo-video editing software and gaming. If you have experienced the freezing and lag from older computers when running these applications with other things in the background its because your processor is having a hard time processing everything. Turbo Boost eliminates this problem by giving you the extra performance when you need it. It also preserves your battery by running at lower speeds when you are doing low usage tasks such as browsing the internet. In my opinion definitely worth the investment! Hope this helps.

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laptop with graphics
by IsabellaJ_WinTeam / September 30, 2010 8:53 AM PDT
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Hi there,

While the Acer and Compaq seem to have the best specs, you will probably need a laptop with a graphics card for the purposes you described? What kind of gaming are you planning on doing? If you will be playing graphics-intense games, a gaming laptop such as an Alienware might be a smart choice. However, if gaming is not a priority, you can find a much less expensive laptop with a graphics card that may not provide the best gaming experience.

Cheers,
Isabella
MSFT Windows Outreach Team

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