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core i3 3217u + ssd vs core i5 3317u + hdd

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Last response: in Laptop Tech Support
September 20, 2013 8:44:07 AM

which should i get the i3 + ssd or i5 + hdd? it is used mainly for browsing, youtube, watch movies and photoshop

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a c 301 D Laptop
September 20, 2013 9:54:16 AM

i5 + SSD. ;) 

That's not enough information to go off of I'm afraid.

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a c 1098 D Laptop
September 20, 2013 10:16:03 AM

I would rather go with the i5-3317u. The base clockspeed is 1.7GHz which is 100MHz lower than the i3-3217u. However, when Turbo Boost kicks in the CPU can go up to 2.6GHz if only one core is being used and probably 2.4GHz if both cores are used. That can be a significant difference in performance especially in the future since everything generally becomes more CPU intensive.

It will be much more easier to replace the HDD with a SSD in the future, than it would be to upgrade the CPU because the CPU is soldered into the motherboard which basically makes an upgrade impossible.
a c 301 D Laptop
September 20, 2013 11:31:31 AM

The i5 will treat you better in Photoshop during editing, but it's still a limited CPU since it's the ultra low voltage type. The SSD will make a bigger splash when it comes to saving + loading large projects, as well as installing/uninstalling programs.

I suppose a good question would be: how big is the SSD? If you need more storage space than it offers, then get the i5 + HDD.