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Better GPU or a better CPU in a laptop?

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September 6, 2013 5:19:16 PM

I'm looking for a laptop which would be capable of playing fairly average games at at least 60 FPS, and am wondering which setup will offer me the most FPS in Borderlands 2.



I was mainly hovering around the gigabyte U2442N, with an i5-3230m and a GT640m, until I saw that the gt640m might not be capable of running Borderlands 2 (my most played game) at 1280*720 on low settings constantly above 60 FPS

- Notebook check says that it can only manage about 65 FPS average at 1024*768 on low settings, so surely it can't handle 1280*720?

The U2442N is £708 on the cheapest trustworthy website I can find.


I've found another laptop which has a GT740m, which should be able to handle the game (more) reasonably, but that laptop only has a i5-3337u, which seems to be pretty poor when it comes to gaming. This laptop is much cheaper, however.

The Sony Vaio Fit 15 E is £527.08



So my question stands: Which would be a better choice, sacrifice the CPU or the GPU? I think I should elaborate more: will the difference in CPU cost me more FPS in Borderlands 2 than the difference in GPU? Which option would give me the highest FPS?


By the way, I am open to suggestions of different laptops which are much better deals and can offer me all I want, but I cannot go over 15.6" in screen size and need something that isn't very bulky (I'm going to be moving around alot).

Thanks in advance!

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September 6, 2013 5:26:39 PM
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For strict gaming, I would lean toward a better GPU over CPU, but you need some kind of balance, or the GPU won't get fed data anyway. I don't know think the i5-3337u will perform all that poorly. I would definitely go with the 740m.

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September 7, 2013 11:46:16 AM

ACTechy said:
For strict gaming, I would lean toward a better GPU over CPU, but you need some kind of balance, or the GPU won't get fed data anyway. I don't know think the i5-3337u will perform all that poorly. I would definitely go with the 740m.

Cheers!


Thanks, I decided to go to the sony website and get one built with 8GB RAM, hopefully the i5 will be fine, because getting an i7 would have cost me £150 more!
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September 7, 2013 11:48:39 AM

IBsheepy said:


Thanks, I decided to go to the sony website and get one built with 8GB RAM, hopefully the i5 will be fine, because getting an i7 would have cost me £150 more!


I'm sure it will be fine for you. Good luck!
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