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Looking at 2 gaming laptops I7 6700HQ + GTX 960M 2GB or I5 6300HQ + GTX 970M 3GB?

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So I absolutely have to buy a gaming laptop within the next 3 days. I found out I am being sent somewhere for work for the next 6 weeks and will be very bored as there is not much to do where they are sending me. Anyways my local Microcenter has 2 gaming laptops in stock that I am interested in. The first one is $150 cheaper but if I got that one I would be buying an SSD for it anyways so I would consider the price difference between the two to be $50 bucks. Not really a concern. I just want to get whatever is better. Looks like the i7 + 960 combo would score around 4500 on firestrike and the I5+970 would score about 6500, However I don't know if that tells the whole story or not. I am going to be using it for really only general surfing and web browsing. Seems like the i5 6300 is a pretty weak CPU so that's why I am concerned.


Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor 2.6GHz
8GB DDR4 RAM
1TB 5,400RPM Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2GB GDDR5


OR


Intel Core i5-6300HQ Processor 2.3GHz
8GB DDR4-2133 RAM
256GB M.2 SATA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5
post #2 of 17
The gpu in the second option is nearly 2x as powerful and you get an ssd
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The 970M is literally almost double what the 960M is and the i5 is what I have in my machine. It's about 10% slower in real world performance and for games you will NOT notice it. The 970M machine is waaay better of a buy in all regards. Trust me.
     
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Intel Core i5-6300HQ Dell Proprietary 4GB Nvidia GTX 960M Samsung 12GB (1x8GB 1x4GB) DDR3L 1600 MHz 
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256GB SanDisk M.2 SSD 1TB HGST 7.2k HDD Custom Cooling by Dell Solutions Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere View Post

The 970M is literally almost double what the 960M is and the i5 is what I have in my machine. It's about 10% slower in real world performance and for games you will NOT notice it. The 970M machine is waaay better of a buy in all regards. Trust me.

That's good to know. I thought the i5 was around 40% slower than the I7 from the benchmarks I was looking at. Good to know it has a small effect on games.
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Going to go buy the

Intel Core i5-6300HQ Processor 2.3GHz
8GB DDR4-2133 RAM
256GB M.2 SATA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5

in a few hours. Anyone have anything to add? Seems like that's definitely the best one.
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Originally Posted by killeraxemannic View Post

Going to go buy the

Intel Core i5-6300HQ Processor 2.3GHz
8GB DDR4-2133 RAM
256GB M.2 SATA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5

in a few hours. Anyone have anything to add? Seems like that's definitely the best one.

Where are you buying this machine from? Also what price? I'm interested in grabbing one too as a direct upgrade for myself. biggrin.gif
     
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Intel Core i5-6300HQ Dell Proprietary 4GB Nvidia GTX 960M Samsung 12GB (1x8GB 1x4GB) DDR3L 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB SanDisk M.2 SSD 1TB HGST 7.2k HDD Custom Cooling by Dell Solutions Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Screen Dell 130w PSU Logitech G602 Wireless 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac 'Ripper' Mouse Pad 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2760QM Toshiba Qosmio X775 Nvidia 1.5GB GTX 560M 8GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
120GB Samsung 830 SSD + 1TB HGST 7200RPM HDD CD/DVD-RW Stock Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
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17.3" - 1600x900 Standard backlit 180w Power Adapter Logitech G500s 
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Intel Core i5-6300HQ Dell Proprietary 4GB Nvidia GTX 960M Samsung 12GB (1x8GB 1x4GB) DDR3L 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB SanDisk M.2 SSD 1TB HGST 7.2k HDD Custom Cooling by Dell Solutions Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Screen Dell 130w PSU Logitech G602 Wireless 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac 'Ripper' Mouse Pad 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2760QM Toshiba Qosmio X775 Nvidia 1.5GB GTX 560M 8GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
120GB Samsung 830 SSD + 1TB HGST 7200RPM HDD CD/DVD-RW Stock Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
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17.3" - 1600x900 Standard backlit 180w Power Adapter Logitech G500s 
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post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere View Post

Where are you buying this machine from? Also what price? I'm interested in grabbing one too as a direct upgrade for myself. biggrin.gif


Microcenter. They also have a 17in Asus i7 that went on sale today with the 970m but no ssd. Probably going for that one instead
post #8 of 17
A thing to note is that with skylake. The mobile i5 regular watttage are now quad cores. Haswell and below it used to be dual cores with hyper thread. Now its quad core with no hyper thread.

The ULV parts are sill same as before, dual core hyperthread.
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Ended up with this and a 850 Evo SSD

ASUS ROG G751JT-WH71
Intel Core i7-4720HQ Processor 2.6GHz
Microsoft Windows 64-bit
16GB DDR3L RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX970M 3GB GDDR5
DL DVDRW/CD-RW Drive
Memory Card Reader
10/100/1000 Network
802.11ac Wireless
Bluetooth 4.0
17.3" Full HD IPS Display
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Did you buy it? Show us the picture biggrin.gif
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