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Is the 2760QM or 2860QM worth (+$160) and (+$350) respectively over the 2670QM? I'm looking for the best performance per dollar, keeping in mind that I don't plan on upgrading for 3-5 years.

This CPU will be paired with one of the following RAM options:

8GB - DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) (default option)
8GB - DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) ( + $40 )
12GB - DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (3 SODIMMS) ( + $45 )
16GB - DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (4 SODIMMS) ( + $90 )
12GB - DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (3 SODIMMS) ( + $90 )
8GB - DDR3 1866MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) ( + $120 )
16GB - DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (4 SODIMMS) ( + $140 )

In line with the CPU question, which RAM setup would provide the best performance per dollar?

With regards to bottle-necking, the GPU will be an ATI HD6990M 2GB.

I will be using this computer for gaming (WoW, SC2, Diablo 3, Counter-Strike: Source, and any other similiar games), with a resolution of 1900x1080. I do not plan on doing any intensive video editing. Just gaming and other common tasks such as email, web, etc.

Recommendations? Good feedback is appreciated wink.gif

EDIT: I understand that it's impossible to get a true performance per dollar without the base cost. Unfortunately, I do not know the base cost of the default setup (of just the CPU and RAM without the rest of the system). I am most interested in getting the best performance I can with regards to cost and ensuring that the computer will be game-capable for 3-5 years (I don't typically play graphics intensive games).
Edited by WBaS - 3/1/12 at 6:00am
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Is the 2760QM or 2860QM worth (+$160) and (+$350) respectively over the 2670QM? I'm looking for the best performance per dollar, keeping in mind that I don't plan on upgrading for 3-5 years.
This CPU will be paired with one of the following RAM options:
8GB - DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) (default option)
8GB - DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) ( + $40 )
12GB - DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (3 SODIMMS) ( + $45 )
16GB - DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (4 SODIMMS) ( + $90 )
12GB - DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (3 SODIMMS) ( + $90 )
8GB - DDR3 1866MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) ( + $120 )
16GB - DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (4 SODIMMS) ( + $140 )
In line with the CPU question, which RAM setup would provide the best performance per dollar?
I'm quite sure that the cheapest CPU and RAM options will result in best performance/dollar.
It's impossible to say for sure though, without the base cost. tongue.gif
 
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I'm quite sure that the cheapest CPU and RAM options will result in best performance/dollar.
It's impossible to say for sure though, without the base cost. tongue.gif

Agreed. I guess what I really mean is, does the 2760 increase in performance justify the +$160 price, and does the 2860 increase in performance justify the +$350 price? I also want to make sure that whichever CPU I choose will still be capable of gaming 3-5 years from now (of course the really new games will require lower settings).
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RAM won't make a difference, I'm sure of that.

The CPUs are all of the same architecture, the only difference is clockspeed and some virtualization capabilities (not used for gaming anyway).
2670QM - 2.2GHz
2760QM - 2.4GHz
2860QM - 2.5GHz

Performance isn't completely linear with clockspeed, but I can still say with good confidence that the additional cost won't be "worth it", especially not for the 2860QM.

I'd get the 2670QM with 8GB DDR3 1333MHz if I were to choose.

The HD6990M is equivalent to a desktop HD 6870, so none of the CPUs will bottleneck the GPU.
Edited by HothBase - 3/1/12 at 6:05am
 
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RAM won't make a difference, I'm sure of that.
The CPUs are all of the same architecture, the only difference is clockspeed and some virtualization capabilities (not used for gaming anyway).
2670QM - 2.2GHz
2760QM - 2.4GHz
2860QM - 2.5GHz
Performance isn't completely linear with clockspeed, but I can still say with good confidence that the additional cost won't be "worth it", especially not for the 2860QM.
I'd get the 2670QM with 8GB DDR3 1333MHz if I were to choose.
The HD6990M is equivalent to a desktop HD 6870, so none of the CPUs will bottleneck the GPU.

I believe the 2860QM also has a higher shared cache. Either way, I have my doubts that it is worth the extra cash.

Thanks for the recommendation smile.gif
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Any reason your not going sandy bridge?
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Any reason your not going sandy bridge?

These are second generation i7's... aren't those Sandy Bridge?
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I believe the 2860QM also has a higher shared cache.

You're right, sorry about that.
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Any reason your not going sandy bridge?
They're all SB CPUs, albeit mobile.

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Edited by HothBase - 3/1/12 at 6:24am
 
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ahhh that's why I didnt recognize the naming doh.gif I was just wondering why not go with something more main stream for desktops that live in that price range. IE: 2500k/2600k or 3930k?
He said he wanted something good for gaming and this early in the morning my mind didn't even think about laptops...
Edited by randomnerd865 - 3/1/12 at 6:46am
post #10 of 12
Just get the cheapest stuff it the best value. What laptop is this anyways?
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