i guess the fact low end chips are binned with weaker GPUs alone is reason why people who don't need an i5 or i7 might end up with one... "yeah this one is fast mam", "it's only 150 over your original budget and it's faster" they just don't say it's faster in what way.
Originally Posted by incog
Are you kidding? All I do with this laptop of mine with a Core 2 Duo is browse the internet and use VLC, it's still much slower than my desktop with the i5 4670, even for basic tasks. I'm not even going to imagine the silliness of gaming with a Core 2 Duo, even if I had the possibility of using a dedicated GPU.
Just because something might be overkill today doesn't mean it will be in the future. There are also engines and/or programs out there that are simply too demanding for the average mainstream processor.
I'm more excited for progress made in CPUs than GPUs, for some reason. ^^
that's my point. you don't game on it. also it's not your core 2 duo it's your hdd. my core 2 duo dell m1330 has an ssd and boots in 30 seconds and apps snap right open. sure it's faster but, the core 2 duo doesn't lag/isn't unusable. try running youtube on a pentium 4.
also my core duo runs games like metro find on medium low.
Now, you are absolutely right about thinking a head and having extra power, i preach that like the gospel to customers... absolutely 100% agree. However lets look at some Pentium 4 machines. lets take the fastest Pentium 4 machine sold that had intel graphics, it can NOT run windows 7, not with any video acceleration. if you take a Pentium GAMING machine, it's different story not only do you have video acceleration but, if it was a dx 9 gpu, aero as well... if you have it turned on, and you have machine that can still basic/simple web surfing. i have one at work i use for downloading files and surfing ocn.
HOWEVER! new low end cpus unlike the now unsable Pentium 4 based celeron, have acceleration for stuff like flash and java and what not. software lag behind hardware by YEARs. however now with stuff like html 5 old hard may stay relevant since we are trying to move in a different direction with thing like html 5 and non flash based/required capabilities. i'm not sure but, i think html 5 may have some sort of hardware acceleration.
also with stuff like gpu computer becoming more popular and intel beefing up their GPUs it get seven hard to go wrong, at least with a i5. the i5 might run saints row 3 on low but, the i3 not so muhc but, then again the majority of the worlds computer population really only use them for internet and business.