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Intel B960 - good CPU for my needs?

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August 30, 2012 5:41:58 PM

Hi all! I am from Macedonia, and because of the small interest in my country for people to tell me, i'm seeking out in other countries :D 

So, I want to buy a laptop (ASUS K53E) which has an Intel pentium B960 (or B950, but it's one of these two). Now I have eMachines e443 with AMD C-50 (and radeon HD 6250 integrated), and I don't like the speed of the CPU. I mean, because of the 4gbs of RAM I can do plenty of multi-tasking (Photoshop open, Chrome with 7 tabs, Media player classic, Skype, Windows explorer), but the PC seems a bit sluggish (even after a CLEAN formatting), and listening to youtube music lags a lot even with a fully buffered video. So it's not my net connection (I have fiber optic).

I bought it very cheap, for like 270 euros...I was surprised that it could play games (on lowest, but still extra playable. Some games lag a lot and aren't playable: like NFS: Hot Pursuit and newer.).

But it couldn't do what I want: FL Studio (Music production), and Mild Video production. Don't get me wrong - I am not an enthusiastic person, I just do this in my spare time (because I am a student), so I like to make videos only when I'm on vacations...For the school year - I just need a PC which can handle all those school tasks (and from time to time, to render a video, I can wait for as long as it takes, it doesn't bother me).
So, I just want a non-expensive upgrade from my stupid AMD C-50 APU...

I think that the ASUS K53E with the B960 would be a good CPU for me? Because the laptops with i3's are more expensive, and my budget doesn't cover that :D 
I mean, there are laptops with i3's within my budgets, but they are all made of plastic and very cheaply built...

Thank you in advance!

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a c 109 à CPUs
August 30, 2012 6:05:40 PM

The difference between the B960 and B950 is a 100MHz difference which is nothing.

The pentium will be faster than the C-50 in CPU intensive tasks but less fast in the graphics section.
August 30, 2012 6:22:43 PM

jay_nar2012 said:
The difference between the B960 and B950 is a 100MHz difference which is nothing.

The pentium will be faster than the C-50 in CPU intensive tasks but less fast in the graphics section.



Less fast in the graphics section vs the C-50?
As I can see from youtube people play GTA IV, Mafia 2 on this CPU without problems on lowest details getting ~25-30fps.. (I've passed a lot of games below 20fps and I've got the nerves, believe me :D  )
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a c 109 à CPUs
August 30, 2012 6:50:42 PM

GTA IV is more CPU intensive then GPU.

August 30, 2012 6:53:19 PM

jay_nar2012 said:
GTA IV is more CPU intensive then GPU.


But still, for other non-gaming purposes the b960 would be great right?
a c 109 à CPUs
August 30, 2012 6:56:00 PM

Yes.
August 30, 2012 9:46:21 PM

anything else someone would want to add?
a c 109 à CPUs
August 30, 2012 9:52:47 PM

Have you tried tweaking your current laptop, like disable visual effects, end processes you don't need?

Setting your GPU to performance mode.
August 30, 2012 11:22:41 PM

jay_nar2012 said:
Have you tried tweaking your current laptop, like disable visual effects, end processes you don't need?

Setting your GPU to performance mode.


Nope, nothing :D 

I know that when I played NFS Carbon for like 2 hours, suddenly it became so laggy I couldn't play so I had to turn of the game. When I got back to windows, YouTube HD video became choppy and out-of-sync. I've formatted it, installed a fresh new Windows, installed the drivers that came with it - the same problem..
And when I try to update the radeon drivers, it doesn't detect this GPU (it gives me some kind of error when I turn on AMD Vision engine control center, so I had to downgrade it to the stable version of drivers)
August 30, 2012 11:25:13 PM

On second thought - yes! Disabled AERO, nothing else


Now when I click catalyst control center it won't open up the program!
a c 109 à CPUs
August 30, 2012 11:30:39 PM

Try reinstalling the control center.
August 30, 2012 11:48:49 PM

jay_nar2012 said:
Try reinstalling the control center.


Now it's OK, but still doesn't let me update control center :\

(Before the problem it updated like a charm)
Could it be a hardware fault?
a c 109 à CPUs
August 31, 2012 12:07:39 AM

Have you checked your CPU and GPU temp?

Google core temp and gpu temp and download both.
a c 109 à CPUs
August 31, 2012 12:26:13 AM

Your links don't work properly (image doesn't load), try photobucket if you want.
August 31, 2012 12:32:20 AM

jay_nar2012 said:
Your links don't work properly (image doesn't load), try photobucket if you want.



a c 109 à CPUs
August 31, 2012 12:35:05 AM

Still no luck.
a c 186 à CPUs
August 31, 2012 12:39:05 AM

It's a laptop......those temps can be upwards of 100C.

a c 109 à CPUs
August 31, 2012 12:45:18 AM

And C-50s are low power chips.

August 31, 2012 8:58:45 AM

Here are the screenshots:

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