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Core i5 3.2 ghz better or core i7 1.6 ghz?

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August 14, 2010 6:45:46 PM

Hi guys...
I am planning on buying a new PC. But confused between a laptop and a desktop. The ones I am having my eyes on are the HP Pavilion DV6-3052tx notebook with a 1.6 ghz core i7 processor and HP Pavilion p6378in desktop with a 3.20 ghz core i5 processor. I'm gonna use the machine for heavy movie playback, gaming (Like IGI-2, NFS, FEAR etc), and my research projects (which includes heavy typing in MS Word, Excel etc). Please suggest me which one should I go for.
Also, I have an eye on the Apple Macbook (NOT Macbook Pro). Can anyone tell me if that would be a good buy, considering its price and features...???
Any suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks... Tom (India).

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August 14, 2010 7:15:27 PM

If you want to game a desktop is the way to go, a laptop isnt going to come with very good graphics and wont let you upgrade them like a desktop does. If you need portability a desktop is definitely out of the question in which case you only have the i7 laptop left as an option.

How much more would the mac book cost you than the desktop and laptop?
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August 15, 2010 12:57:09 PM

hunter315 said:
If you want to game a desktop is the way to go, a laptop isnt going to come with very good graphics and wont let you upgrade them like a desktop does. If you need portability a desktop is definitely out of the question in which case you only have the i7 laptop left as an option.

How much more would the mac book cost you than the desktop and laptop?



Actually, the desktop costs around 65,000 INR and the laptop costs 63,000 INR. While the Macbook is 61,000 INR and the acbook pro 13 inch is 74,000 INR. Damn confused... :-(
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a c 203 à CPUs
August 15, 2010 1:00:27 PM

What video cards are included with that desktop and laptop?
Seems like the desktop computer must come with one really nice gaming video card at that price.
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a c 203 à CPUs
August 15, 2010 1:01:01 PM

You have website links to see can look at the parts list?
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August 15, 2010 3:13:14 PM

The price quoted for the Desktop is without the Display... 23 inch Full HD HP Display will cost another 13 to 14 thousand bucks...
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August 15, 2010 3:36:09 PM

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 Graphics for the laptop
and NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 graphics for the desktop.

Laptop is Rs. 62,857 with Core i7-720M 1.6Ghz with 1366 x 768 LCD display.
Desktop is Rs. is 47,650 with Core i5-650 3.2Ghz ... or 50K Rs with 23" 1920x1080 display. How much for the 20" 1600x900 or 22" 1680x1050 displays?

Either one will do very well with your productivity requirements - MS Word, Excel, e-mail, internet browsing, etc.
Both will be excellent in movie playback. Laptop @ HD 720, desktop @ HD 1080.
In gaming both should do OK with the games you mentioned. The laptop HD 5650 is better than the desktop GT 220.
Passmark GPU scores: GeForce GT 220 = 450 / Mobility Radeon HD 5650 = 606
Laptop is portable and uses less power. Desktop is more flexible with upgrades over time (better video cards, more hard disks, etc).
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August 15, 2010 5:28:04 PM

Thanks WR2...
That piece of info was really helpful. Guess I'd go for the laptop after all...

Anyway, right now I'm using a SONY VAIO CR36 notebook. It ran very well for two years, but recently it is behaving so weird. After using it sometimes, it shuts itself down without any warning or logging off... All of a sudden... Total black out!!! The problem is more severe when it's connected to the AC adapter or the power plan is set to balanced (and don't ask about the 'high performance' mode!!!). What might be wrong with it? The service center guys say the MoBo is gone and it will need 17,000 bucks to get it repaired. But I wonder, if the Motherboard is gone, how come everything runs so smoothly for sometimes (if on battery, it seems to run for as long as the battery lasts...).

Any suggestion???
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August 15, 2010 7:13:23 PM

Best answer selected by MsGardener7.
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August 15, 2010 7:30:44 PM

I can't be sure if it's the motherboard with the problem, or the AC/DC power converter or how closely they're connected inside the case.
It sounds like you go to 'balanced' or 'high performance' the electrical demands push the problem over the edge. That might be the motherboard.
It's not easy 2nd guessing the laptop techs experience, but you're right to be suspicious.
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October 9, 2010 5:38:32 PM

MsGardener7 said:
Actually, the desktop costs around 65,000 INR and the laptop costs 63,000 INR. While the Macbook is 61,000 INR and the acbook pro 13 inch is 74,000 INR. Damn confused... :-(


macs are somewhat worthless and way over priced you are much better off sticking with pc! and like the other guy said if you are a serious gamer the desktop would pay off quite nicely, but laptops have come a long way and the i7 notebook should do just about anything you want it to, except maybe play crysis? good luck ! :o )
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October 9, 2010 5:42:14 PM

my main issue is core i7 laptop with a puny 1.6ghz cpu or should i go with a core i5 with a smoking 2.5 ghz cpu? you would think at nearly twice the frequency the i5 would perform better on most things that weren't designed for quad core right? i'm a little confused?
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