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August 6, 2012 3:48:36 PM

Hello to everybody! I need help with clarification and deciding on few things. Before I post the laptop builds, I will use the laptop for programming, web design, movies, and gaming( League of Legends, FIFA, PES, NFS, COD ). Now here are the builds I can't decide upon and I would really appreciate any one's input.

1st
- 15.6" FULL HD (1920X1080) LED LCD w/nVIDIA GeForce® GT 650M w/1GB GDDR5 - nVIDIA Optimus Switchable Graphics
- Intel® Core™ i5-3210QM (2.5~3.1GHz) w/3M L3 Cache - 2 Cores - 4 Threads
- 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3/1600 Dual Channel Memory
- 750GB SATA II 3GB/s 7,200 RPM Hard Drive

2nd
- 15.6" HD (1366x768) LED LCD w/nVIDIA GeForce® GT 630M w/1GB GDDR5 - nVIDIA Optimus Switchable Graphics
- Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM (2.3~3.3GHz) w/6M L3 Cache - 4 Cores - 8 Threads
- 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3/1600 Dual Channel Memory
- 750GB SATA II 3GB/s 7,200 RPM Hard Drive


The CPUs are both upgradable and downgradable as well as the display from 1366 to 1920 each upgrade is $75-100. Now, as far as the display type, I won't be using the laptop display screen bur rather I will have my laptop connected to my 19in LCD monitor from my old Desktop pc AND/OR to my 32in 1080p LCD TV. So, should I still get the upgraded display with that said or will it make no difference?

Second, for my previously stated purposes, should I keep the i5-3210QM or should I upgrade it to the i7-3610QM?


Before I end this, yes, budget is a bit tight at the moment.

Thank you in advance and I apologize for the lengthy post.

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August 6, 2012 4:30:41 PM

Unlike the Desktop i5 and i7, which has hyper-threading as the main difference, the mobile i7 is much better for gaming.

And, as for the GPU, the 650M will do a much better job than the 630M (regardless of resolution limitations)

If you're going to use your TV.. Doesnt that mean u should just buy a Desktop?
If you want to go mobile... upgrade the screen and go all out with this mobile gaming beast.

If budget is tight Go for i5 and a lower res screen and upgrade later. :) 
August 6, 2012 4:55:17 PM

Alright, sounds like the i7 and the 650m is a must. Now the display; i travel a lot which means I won't game/watch movies 24/7 nor do I plan on doing those things while traveling, but when I am at home I will use my LCD monitor if im playing a game(its not HD) and if I am watching movies I will use my LED 32in 1080p TV. So correct me if I am wrong, but wouldn't resolution only play a big part if you are playing games or watching movies and NOT for surfing or even coding in notepad++ or VS or whatever?
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August 6, 2012 5:05:14 PM

Yes, absolutely.. The resolution is most effectively used with games and movies. Surfing does not require that high a resolution..

And.. you can live without the recommended i7 as the i5 is entirely sufficient.
August 6, 2012 5:13:41 PM

So the displays resolution of the laptop doesn't play a part if you use an external monitor/tv as your display?
August 6, 2012 5:19:31 PM

diskra said:
So the displays resolution of the laptop doesn't play a part if you use an external monitor/tv as your display?


Not at all. The GPU does, though. Again, 630M is sufficient and the 650M recommended.
August 6, 2012 5:22:15 PM

Okay, that's what I thought. Thank you sir :) 
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