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Help! is the XPS 16 with Core 2 duo too much graphics power without enough proce

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August 11, 2010 5:31:48 PM

Hi,
I recently placed an order with Dell for an XPS 1640, Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 (2.2GHz/800MHz FSB/2M L2Cache).

They have a coupon for 25% off XPS 16 systems with the Core 2 Duo processor, but now I'm wondering if I'd be missing out by not shelling out the extra cash for the I5 or I7? A similarly configured system with the I5 or I7 processor would run about $800 more because the 25% coupon does not apply.

Here are the full specs of the system I ordered:
XPS 16, Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 (2.2GHz/800MHz FSB/2M L2Cache), 5GB, DDR3, 1067 MHz 2 Dimm,
15.6 inch Wide Screen 16:9 1080p FHD WLED LCD, ATI Mobiity RADEON M96XT - 1GB, 500GB 7200RPM Free Fall SensorSeagate Hard Drive, BluRay Combo Drive.

I am going to be in graduate school, so the computer will mostly be used for writing papers, doing research, etc. I'd love to have the capacity to play games, watch high-def movies, etc, But my main question is:

Have I given up processing speed in favor of graphical power? Will the processing speed of this computer suit me?

FYI, the system I configured is going to cost me about $1130 including a 3-year accidental damage warranty.
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August 11, 2010 5:35:22 PM

youll be fine, the Core 2 duo is slightly slower than the i-series, but for everyday tasks its plenty, while for gaming, its mostly dependent on the GPU.

Though you can get a better system than the dell for $1000. Perhaps w/o Blueray.
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August 11, 2010 5:38:03 PM

Timop said:
youll be fine, the Core 2 duo is slightly slower than the i-series, but for everyday tasks its plenty, while for gaming, its mostly dependent on the GPU.
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Interesting, thanks! I have seen videos touting the i-series as nearly twice as fast as the duo series.

I'd welcome other opinions.

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August 11, 2010 5:41:53 PM

freelyfallin said:
Interesting, thanks! I have seen videos touting the i-series as nearly twice as fast as the duo series.

When you're comparing it with an i7, yes.
However, difference between the T6600 and i3-330 (same market segment, lower-mid range laptop CPUs) is about 20% on average.
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August 12, 2010 2:54:56 AM

The core 2 duo will be plenty, its not like that mobility radeon is a high end gaming GPU but its not bad, about equal to a 4670 if I remember right.

I have the same processor in my laptop and it runs win7 fine, plays Wow, SC2 on its Intel GMA4500xhd (or something like that) so yours should be better. I have connected mine to the tv and watched it play videos fine at 1080p so ,again, yours should do better.
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