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May 26, 2013 11:46:19 AM

A typical day with my laptop would include lots of word processing with tens of word processing windows open at once and lots of web browsing with tons of tabs open as well as Spotify in the background. Is the extra money for a quad core processor worth it? My two laptop options would already have 8 Gb of RAM and an SSD.

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May 26, 2013 11:50:15 AM

i would say so
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May 26, 2013 11:55:46 AM

smoopy said:
A typical day with my laptop would include lots of word processing with tens of word processing windows open at once and lots of web browsing with tons of tabs open as well as Spotify in the background. Is the extra money for a quad core processor worth it? My two laptop options would already have 8 Gb of RAM and an SSD.


Worth what exactly? Your workload doesn't sound particularly CPU-intensive, so a dual-core CPU would probably work just fine for the foreseeable future. The quad-core CPU would obviously have more longevity.

So the questions are:

1. What is your budget?
2. And what are the purchasing options you have in mind?

The matter is somewhat subjective, but I can't even try to tell you whether a given hardware option is "worth it," without knowing what "it" is. Of course the quad-core is better all else being equal -- but all else usually isn't equal.
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May 26, 2013 11:57:58 AM

Well. word processing and Spotify aren't that CPU intensive at all. It's more of a ram issue. and 8GB of ram should be plenty for 10 windows open.

And I don't really notice the difference between having so many word documents open on my laptop and my desktop back in college and now.
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May 26, 2013 12:30:27 PM

Fulgurant said:
smoopy said:
A typical day with my laptop would include lots of word processing with tens of word processing windows open at once and lots of web browsing with tons of tabs open as well as Spotify in the background. Is the extra money for a quad core processor worth it? My two laptop options would already have 8 Gb of RAM and an SSD.


Worth what exactly? Your workload doesn't sound particularly CPU-intensive, so a dual-core CPU would probably work just fine for the foreseeable future. The quad-core CPU would obviously have more longevity.

So the questions are:

1. What is your budget?
2. And what are the purchasing options you have in mind?

The matter is somewhat subjective, but I can't even try to tell you whether a given hardware option is "worth it," without knowing what "it" is. Of course the quad-core is better all else being equal -- but all else usually isn't equal.


To give some context---
I'm choosing between:
1. a Dell Latitude e6430 with a 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7-3740QM Processor (2.7GHz, 6M cache, Upgradable to Intel® vPro™ technology), 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM for $1,337.12

2. a Lenovo Thinkpad T430s with a Intel Core i7-3520M Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz), 128 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM for $1,359.20

I would be leaning towards the Lenovo Thinkpad because of the build quality of the Thinkpad Line, the superior island style keyboard, and the lower weight, but I'd be willing to compromise those things if the Quad Core processor made a significant enough difference in the operation of my laptop. My budget is around that $1300 mark and I can't see myself using more than 128 gb of files, which is why the difference in hard drive doesn't really matter to me.

Thanks!
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May 26, 2013 12:41:56 PM

smoopy said:

To give some context---
I'm choosing between:
1. a Dell Latitude e6430 with a 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7-3740QM Processor (2.7GHz, 6M cache, Upgradable to Intel® vPro™ technology), 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM for $1,337.12

2. a Lenovo Thinkpad T430s with a Intel Core i7-3520M Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz), 128 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM for $1,359.20

I would be leaning towards the Lenovo Thinkpad because of the build quality of the Thinkpad Line, the superior island style keyboard, and the lower weight, but I'd be willing to compromise those things if the Quad Core processor made a significant enough difference in the operation of my laptop. My budget is around that $1300 mark and I can't see myself using more than 128 gb of files, which is why the difference in hard drive doesn't really matter to me.
Thanks!

Given those options, and given your workload, I'd probably lean towards the Lenovo too. The storage is by far the easiest (often the only feasible thing) to upgrade in a laptop, anyway.

Put it this way: if all you want to do is word processing and web browsing while listening to music, you're not gonna notice the quad-core's processing advantage for probably years to come (if at all, frankly). On the other hand, you will notice the laptop's weight and build quality every time you use or carry it.

As killer pointed out above, if you want to future proof for your preferred use-case, RAM is more important than CPU muscle. 8 GB is probably more than plenty, though, for now.

That said, I haven't looked into other options. There may very well be better deals to be found.
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