Yes this laptop will be used as a gaming laptop (budget) the initial price is $869 but I was wondering if I should upgrade the cpu to a i7-3610qm for $70, is it worth the cost? I know most current games use only 2 cores and those that use more won't use virtual threads and also I'm aware that games like bf3 utilize quad core cpu's and since I'll be keeping this laptop for at least 3 years, the upgrade makes sense right?
First of all I dont like laptops as gaming systems. The biggest reason is that it is extremely hard to upgrade a video card in a laptop and a old video card will hurt your gaming performance more than a dual core processor will. That said for only $70 you move up to a quad core processor and get the better performance in both applications that use the quad core and in turbo boost because you are not using those extra cores. So $70 I would go with the quad core.
Yes christian I know laptops aren't the best platforms for gaming but it was either get a great desktop and a crappy laptop (for college) or get a get a good gaming laptop so if I ever go anywhere I can play games on the go.