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February 25, 2011 1:24:24 AM

lately i have been looking into getting a laptop for school work and for helping my friend
design models for a small game design business we have began. i am having trouble
deciding which CPU i need i am going to be using model systems on it and my budget is
around 650$ which is why it is between the i5 and i3. i have looked into 2 specific computer
that i like but i am not sure what CPU is should get for my uses. the modeling programs
should not require to much processing power.

the programs are :
milkshape
ac3d
solid works
fps creator
realm crafter
minecraft

please help im a total noob when it comes to hardware :hello: 

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February 25, 2011 6:45:55 AM

A desktop isn't good?
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February 25, 2011 9:55:53 AM

i need it at school for school i thought about a desktop but a laptop works better
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February 25, 2011 10:36:50 AM

i5 is a HT dual core so it acts as a quad core i3 is a straight up dual core.

If you can afford the i5 go for it you might also want a laptop with some sort of dedicated GPU.
If you can push your budget a bit this would be a great laptop with plenty of power to do what you need it to. It also has Nvidia optimus which will give it great battery life but will still have the power to run 3d applications.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 25, 2011 2:25:03 PM

That Samsung looks good. Both the i3 and i5 have Hyperthreading, the i3 lacks the turbo boost. I don't know if all your apps are more CPU or GPU demanding, this one has a slower CPU (2533 vs 2800 with turbo for the i5 460M) but a better video card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ETSGIQ/ref=asc_df_B004ETSG...

The CPUs:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-i5-460M-Noteboo...
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-i3-380M-Noteboo...

The video cards:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-310M.22439....
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-540M.417...


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