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Sure there's a million threads like this, but couldn't find any laptop related ones, lol

Looking to buy a low-midrange laptop, originally attracted by the AMD Llano A6's, but the prices are ridiculous compared to the Intel laptops, so started looking at i3's. However, spotted this one at a bit of a bargain - http://www.novatech.co.uk/laptop/range/nspire142450.html An i5 for £430, yes please!! However, it's occurred to me that Ivy Bridge is due out in June (well, the quads come out earlier but they're outside budget), and I don't have the cash atm anyway. Am I better off to wait until Ivy comes out, being as the iGPU is much stronger, and Ivy should offer up a little boost in performace as well as saving power? My worry is, that either A) Ivy laptops will be dearer, because Intel has slashed the Sandy prices to get them shifted (hence the reason for their Ivy delay), and will be outside budget when they do get released, or B) Laptop manufacturers will take months to replace their Sandy's with Ivy's at the low-midrange.

It's mainly the iGPU I'm thinking of, because although gaming won't be a priority, I'd like to be able to bump up a couple of the settings in games like Dawn of War & Civ V. It looks like Sandy's iGPU will run them at about 25-30fps which is ok, hopefully Ivy will get about 35-40. At the moment I'm more keen to wait for the improved GPU that Ivy brings, rather than eager to buy now. If "B" turns out to be true, I don't know if that'll remain the case though lol. If "A" turns out to be true, I'm kinda screwed frown.gif

Edit: Doh, didn't realise that was a price with no OS, that kinda blows the budget anyway frown.gif Back to the drawing board....
Edited by chemicalfan - 3/22/12 at 5:13am
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Bump - found a couple of others with an OS:
http://www.comet.co.uk/p/Laptops/buy-ASUS-X53E-SX1111V-Laptop/781231
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/lenovo-essential-g570-15-6-laptop-brown-11884781-pdt.html
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i would wait. i can see a real benefit to IB in mobile platforms. i mean lower power consumption is good. and HD4000 should be much better for iGPU users. I wont be in a hurry to upgrade my desktops, but when IB comes out I'll probably look into getting my wife a new laptop.
 
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Yeah, that's what I was thinking smile.gif
My worry is that when they come out, they'll be outside budget. I think if that's the case, I'll try to pick up a last-minute SB i5, hope for some luck
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id go for that LENOVO Essential G570 you linked.. top quality laptops thumb.gif
if you wait for Ivy bridge i think at first it might blow your budget and wont be around until June for mobile cpus. smile.gif
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Yeah, I know I'm in for a wait for the Ivy i3s & i5s, but I've got at least a month to wait for the funds, and then it'll only be 2 months till the supposed launch date. The budget is a question mark, but I'd be gutted if I bailed and went Sandy, only to find that Ivy launches within budget
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I agree. If it is better than Sandy Bridge, it is worth the wait. I would like to see what the HD 4000 is capable of in terms of gaming, because the HD 3000 is pretty powerful for an integrated chip.
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Deffinitely worth the wait, think of it that way: main problem of laptops are A) Low battery B) Too much heat C) Bad integrated graphics. Ivy bridge pretty much solves these issues because you get better battery duration and way less heat due to the smaller dye and you get a graphics boost due to the upgraded iGPU. I would deffinitely wait and if you don't mind you could buy the laptop without an OS and buy the OS key from like eBay where they sell it for way less money. I know it sounds kind of a hassle but believe me it's not and it's worth saving your money
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Yeah, I know I'm in for a wait for the Ivy i3s & i5s, but I've got at least a month to wait for the funds, and then it'll only be 2 months till the supposed launch date. The budget is a question mark, but I'd be gutted if I bailed and went Sandy, only to find that Ivy launches within budget

That would bite big time. I have heard rumors about some nice IB lenovo's equivelent to to the one you linked. Just how much im not sure but if you wait and save some extra, i think it would be worth the extra smile.gif
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