Originally Posted by brucethemoose
First off, I want to dispel the myth that CPU power bump between an i3 and i5 even matters.
Gotta love the Germans.
Personally, I think the performance difference between the i3 and i5 IGP is nearly negligible. The i5 may be a tiny bit better, but if you care about graphics, just get an A4 or an A6. HD 3000 is HD 3000, and it's not really meant for gaming any way you spin it.
Thank you for the link. I wasnt sure if it was neglible or not, with the new architecture, 800 mhz on the cpu, and 200mhz on the gpu might be another 10 or 15 fps for all I know. Your right, the HD3000 isnt really meant for gaming, however, for being an IGP, its far better than any of the low end IGP's that AMD offers in the price range, and it is plenty capable for playing the games that I intended to play with it.
Originally Posted by jrbroad77
$250 CPU upgrade for a $500 laptop... is this a serious question?!? If you really want a faster CPU, return that laptop and get an Ideapad Y470 for $700 with an i5 or $750 with an i7-2630QM. Both have Nvidia 550M Optimus graphics. http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...%3A00004494%3A http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...%3A00004495%3A
In the future it's usually not a good idea to buy a laptop with the intent of upgrading the CPU (or GPU). If you must.. wait a couple years until the prices drop on used i5 cpu's and it's a viable option.
Perhaps you misunderstood, this wasnt me saying that I was going to buy a CPU, this is a thread asking if its worth it. I wasnt sure if the the small increases given by the cpu turbo boost, and the 200 mhz increase on the IGP would make enough of a difference or not. Spending $250 on a $500 laptop to upgrade a component may not sound good to you, but it didnt cost me that much at all. For the money, this was the absolute fastest solution I could find, and im happy with the purchase.
I didnt think that I would be ridiculed for asking a question about an upgrade on an enthusiast site. That is what this site is all about anyways, getting the last drop of performance out of your hardware.
Originally Posted by un1b4ll
Wow there's lots of misunderstandings about mobile processors!
To answer your question, not even close, not on a system in that price range.
If the question was should I configure my laptop to be built with an i5 over an i3, the answer is a resounding yes... But an after the fact upgrade? Nah, you won't get your money's worth. CPU upgrades in laptops pretty much only make sense for enthusiasts, like going from a 2630qm to a 2960xm, for pretty much any other scenario though I'd say no, unless maybe you got the i5 for free.
So your logic says that if I were to buy it brand new, it would be worth it, but if I didnt buy it that way its not?
If I were to buy it with the I5 it would have been $600, I bought it for $300, if I bought the processor, it would be $550, essentially cheaper than buying it that way factory. Plus the added benefit of installing a better TIM to the CPU, which would potentially drop the temps by a few degrees.
Perhaps it would be best to state, that with the price I bought this laptop for, price isn't that big of a deal. Im more concerned with the performance difference. At any rate, its been stated that its not worth the difference, in which case I can spend the same amount on a SSD instead.