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post #1 of 10
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I've seen this laptop on sale often. It's $500 and i3

However, I've just noticed this one that's i5 and $90 more expensive.


First of all, is this i5 dual core or quad? And second, is it worth the upgrade? Or should I just stick with the i3?
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post #2 of 10
They are both Dual core. and Well the i5 gets a clock speed of up to 2.9 while the i3 is only 2.4
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post #3 of 10
the i5 is only a dual core, but I'd still choose the i5 as you get an extra Gb of ram, more hard drive space and a 64-bit operating system instead of a 32-bit with the i3

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post #4 of 10
id get the i5 either way cause u got more ram and hard drive space in the i5 laptop too
im not sure if its a quad if it is its a hell of a deal over the other i3 laptop
so go with the i5 quad core or not
post #5 of 10
Don't even consider that i3. The extra bucks will go much farther in several categories on the i5. What do you want to use it for though?
 
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post #6 of 10
Your first choice appears to have dedicated graphics ATI Mobility Radeon HD 530v and the 2nd one has only intel Integrated. Do you plan on gaming? The first one will probably have worse battery life due to the graphics chip, I'd do some research if that's important.

The i5 upgrade is worth it and there are many models out there with that cpu.
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post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by P3c4h2 View Post
Your first choice appears to have dedicated graphics ATI Mobility Radeon HD 530v and the 2nd one has only intel Integrated. Do you plan on gaming? The first one will probably have worse battery life due to the graphics chip, I'd do some research if that's important.

The i5 upgrade is worth it and there are many models out there with that cpu.
I have a desktop so I'm not really looking for a gaming laptop. It's more of a college laptop. I have a netbook but I want something bigger and better. My roommate got an HP i3 4GB for $500, and it's nice but it seems more aesthetics than anything.

Is the gateway going to be a POS? Like, hardware wise?

And good point, I'd prefer battery life over a dedicated GPU.
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post #8 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWolfe View Post
I have a desktop so I'm not really looking for a gaming laptop. It's more of a college laptop. I have a netbook but I want something bigger and better. My roommate got an HP i3 4GB for $500, and it's nice but it seems more aesthetics than anything.

Is the gateway going to be a POS? Like, hardware wise?

And good point, I'd prefer battery life over a dedicated GPU.
Get the i3. I think it will be what you need and more reliable.
 
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post #9 of 10
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Get the i3. I think it will be what you need and more reliable.
...but the i3 has less ram, less battery life, and people have said the i5 is worth it?
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post #10 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWolfe View Post
...but the i3 has less ram, less battery life, and people have said the i5 is worth it?
I'd say
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