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.
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.