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Is it worth $100 to upgrade from a i5 dual core to a i7 quad core on a laptop?

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The laptop in question is the HP Envy 17"

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_series.do?storeName=computer_store&category=notebooks&series_name=ENVY17_series

I was wondering if it is worth it to opt $100 up to the 2.2ghz quad core/8 thread 2670QM from the 2.5ghz 2 core/4 thread 2450M



I will be doing ALOT of internet marketing things like web browsing, basic application development, skype conference calls, light gaming, photoshop (little), maybe some video design on after effects


What about the 3d version of this laptop, I think it will be too slow to run 3d games, and too gimmicky to run 3d blu-ray, also, I don't feel like paying $25/movie...
post #2 of 10
absolutely, the quad core sandy bridges are like first gen desktop i7s.
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If that is all you are doing, I would say no, but then again, it's only $100. Definite no on the 3D version, though.
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I wouldn't even go for the HP Envy. You're overpaying for less performance. I would take a look at the laptops from xoticpc.com. They are much better than this laptop at a cheaper price.

http://www.xoticpc.com/force-1761-msi-1761-p-3152.html

This one has the i5 but can be upgraded to an i7 and has an 570m plus it's 17". Not to mention it will be a couple hundred dollars cheaper even with the i7 upgrade.
Edited by Shion314 - 1/31/12 at 9:59pm
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I have the processor in my G74, way faster than my moms i3 sandy Dell Vostro.
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Get an SSD. Hard drive is more frequently the bottleneck than the CPU if you need to bounce between a lot of softwares. After you've used an SSD it's hard to go back to a standard HD. With SSD you click the Photoshop shortcut on your desktop, and pow, it's open. Standard HD feels horribly sluggish by comparison.
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The i5 should be enough since everything you mentioned would work on an i3, though how much do you use after effects, and do video editing? are you doing these professionally or just for leisure? I'm not sure about this but it's usually your graphics card that deal with the last two so the i7 seems a little unnecessary..
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post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Shion314 View Post

I wouldn't even go for the HP Envy. You're overpaying for less performance. I would take a look at the laptops from xoticpc.com. They are much better than this laptop at a cheaper price.

http://www.xoticpc.com/force-1761-msi-1761-p-3152.html

This one has the i5 but can be upgraded to an i7 and has an 570m plus it's 17". Not to mention it will be a couple hundred dollars cheaper even with the i7 upgrade.

I need something lighter, I have a g74 and its way to bring to travel or do any business work on.
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http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Intel-Sandy-Bridge-Processors-Gaming-Performance.49600.0.html

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Sandy-Bridge-Processors-Gaming-Performance-Part-II.57170.0.html

Nope!

Spend it on an SSD instead. Also, a 17" isn't portable IMO, the LG P330 is my dream portable gaming machine.

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Edited by brucethemoose - 2/1/12 at 4:40am
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Originally Posted by Shion314 View Post

I wouldn't even go for the HP Envy. You're overpaying for less performance. I would take a look at the laptops from xoticpc.com. They are much better than this laptop at a cheaper price.
http://www.xoticpc.com/force-1761-msi-1761-p-3152.html
This one has the i5 but can be upgraded to an i7 and has an 570m plus it's 17". Not to mention it will be a couple hundred dollars cheaper even with the i7 upgrade.

Except he can get 30% off any (edit: customized) envy using this code at checkout: NBEY4748.
Edited by derekc4 - 2/1/12 at 7:07pm
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