Hello everyone, I've recently built and and sent an order for a new Sager NP8170-S1 laptop that will be mostly used for gaming, BluRays, streaming and listening to music, and of course browsing and other daily computing tasks. I've had a couple thoughts raised regarding the choice of CPU I decided to put in the build, and so here I am with a few questions. Currently this is what my build consists of:
17.3" FHD 1080P 16:9 "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright LED Glossy Screen w/ 90% NTSC Color Gamut
Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM
IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD6970 2048MB PCI-Express GDDR5 DX11
8,192MB DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS)
6X Blue-Ray Read/8X DVDRW Super Multi Combo Drive
Primary Hard Drive: 80GB Intel 320 Series Solid State Drive (SSD Serial-ATA II)
Second Hard Drive: 750GB 7200RPM (Serial-ATA II 300 - 16MB Cache)
That's the bulk of the new system, and I'm pretty excited to get my hands on it. Question being however, would it be a better idea for me to move up to a 2720QM from the 2630QM, or am I going to see any real-world benefit from doing so with the applications I'll be using? My main concern here is that this system is relatively "future proofed," for lack of a better term.
Any comments or insight welcome, and thank you in advance!
Your demands don't seem high at all. The 2630 will be able to handle it all smoothly, especially since its got the power of last gen's flagship. The main benefits to the 2720 is the high clock speed and turbo boost that will be only prevalent in certain applications. It had about two more features that i can't remeber, but if you needed them you'd already be getting the 2720.
Gaming has the most to gain in your situation, but you will only gain about 3-5 fp in most cases. If you got the cash to burn I'd say go for it, or invest in a better screen or bigger ssd.
(I was in the same situtation as you, but with the 8150, took the 2720 and have no regretts!)