I will be doing somewhat extensive -Coding -Screen recording + editing (pretty lightweight, Camtasia Studio 7) -Photoshop + Flash + Dreamweaver + Illustrator CS5 -browsing, some video calling
Computer 1: -Intel Core i3 -Quad-core -Intel HD graphics (lower end if I'm not mistaken)
Computer 2: -Intel Core 2 Duo (dual core) -Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
Both HP, same exact specs otherwise- 4GB RAM, 64-bit w7, big hard drive
Now, normally I'd go for computer 1 right away, but that graphics accelerator looks pretty nice and number 2 is 17 inches, as 1 in 15.6". I know little to nothing about graphics cards and what they do. I also don't know whether what I'll be doing is heavily CPU-dependent. I need you guys!
asked Jun 02 '11 at 20:52
There are no quad-core Core i3 processors... And from what I know, the GMA HD is more powerful than the GMA 4500HD. And by the way, the i3 is meant to replace the Core 2 Duo, so the i3 should be better. The smaller screen would be a bit better on the gaming side because the graphics card won't have to or be ABLE to run the games at a higher resolution than the screen.
answered Jun 02 '11 at 20:56
The "Core 2" range are soon to be obsolete which is why Intel released the "i" series of next generation processors. Processor wise the i3 is better not only because its newer but because it offers Hyper-Threading which will give you 2 cores and 4 threads, as opposed to the 2 only cores on the Core 2 Duo. It's also far more energy efficient than the Core 2 Duo. I'm going to presume as well that the laptop with the Core 2 Duo will feature DDR2 RAM where as the i3 will feature DDR3 RAM which is quicker and a lot more energy efficient
As far as graphics is concerned there isn't going to be a huge different between the two GPU's so unless you get a laptop with a dedicated GPU don't expected big graphics performance.
I personally would advise you to go with the first laptop.
answered Jun 02 '11 at 21:12