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y500 i5 + 256gb SSD + 16gb ram or y510p i7 w/ 12 gb ram + 1tb 5400rpm + 8gb cahced SSD

post #1 of 8
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Title basically says it all - for roughly the same price I can get either notebook from Lenovo (newegg). I would install the SSD and extra ram in the y500 , or keep the y510p as it comes stock.

I'm a light gamer / law student. Don't do any type of video editing or rendering that would require anything particularly obnoxious. I've heard that the trackpad on the y500 is awful, and I am sort of in an "analysis paralysis" mode. I already purchased the y510p but am having a bout of buyers remorse thinking about the lack of the SSD.

Thoughts? Should I cancel the order and by the y500 and just upgrade it ? or is the y510p worth the extra cost at the expense of ram and a slower hard drive.
post #2 of 8

I'd go with the SSD. Especially in a laptop, the HDD makes that I7 useless for anything but CPU-intensive tasks (where the I5 can hold its own).

 

5gb SSD in the I7? is that an error?

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Ack, yeah. 8 GB* It's a cached SSD. Thanks for the input. I already panicked and cancelled the order. My gut is telling me that I wouldn't notice a difference in the processing power, especially when I'm going to be using it for Primarily for OneNote with some BF3 and Skyrim when I can tear away form torts and civ pro.
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Completely depends on the exact specs of both. The main thing i would be more worried about excluding the price of an sdd, is the actual resolution of the screens, and the CPU/GPU.
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Boils down to these two machines Y500 or the y510p

OR

If any of you nice folks have a recommendation for something similar that can be purchased from Newegg, as that is where my LOC is.

Thanks
post #6 of 8
Either will do what you want to decently the more expensive one will be abit faster. Laptops get hot though so i suggest at the least getting a cooling pad with either one.
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post #7 of 8

All things considered, I'd still say go with the I5, 650m SLI, and SSD.

Can you live with 256Gb of space? I know I can, but some cant. If you store seasons of HD episodes or movies, don't go that route.

I'd say keep the 6gb of RAM. I don't think you'll be using it at 100%....ever. 12Gb is overkill (Even 8Gb is for a gamer).

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post #8 of 8
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I can definitely live with 256gb of space. Spotify for music and or cloud storage for everything else. Won't really be storing any movies on the computer as I'm a bit paranoid of copyright infringement violations with the Bar coming up (character and fitness portion being quite strict).
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