Sandybridge i7 + 32GB RAM vs Ivybridge i7 vs 12GB RAM

Hello,

I am speccing out a new laptop. I do occasionaly game but it is not my main purpose. I would say I'm a power user. I tend to run several VMs for several different purposes, mainly testing new solutions and setting up test servers. I also tend to be running many things, at once (on the order of 20-30 combined firefox tabs open, VMs, ms programs, auto diagnostics applications, occasionally long running programs such as converters or crackers).

Both of these systems are slightly upgraded to meet my needs

My choice is as follows

$1100 for a refurb Del Precision m4600 with a 3 year dell warranty
$1400 for a Samsung samsung np700z7c-s01us with a 2 year geek squad warranty.

The Dell is as follows:
128GB SSD
750GB 7200 RPM HDD
16GB or 32GB RAM (4x8GB) depending on what I want.
i7 2620QM

The Samsung is as follows:
750GB Hybrid Drive (8GB SSD cache 750GB 7200RPM)
Maxes out at 12GB RAM
i7-3615QM

I never owned a Dell precision so I am not sure on the physcal durability. The samsung seems durable. Every dell laptop I had had crap durability but the warranty made up for it. I am also not sure how "friendly" the geek squad warranty is. Dell would fix\replace my stuff no questions asked.

IYHO which is the better system?
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  1. shouldnt you be using a desktop if you have so much to do? laptops cant really provide the performance you need

    id recommend the samsung or get a company to do a custom build
  2. ^+1

    What you want shouldn't be done on a laptop, they wont get you the performance you want or need.

    Case in point, that i7 2620QM would be considered an i3 if it was in a desktop.
    Its a dual core with Hyperthreading.
    http://ark.intel.com/products/52231/Intel-Core-i7-2620M-Processor-(4M-Cache-up-to-3_40-GHz)
  3. He's a power user guys, help him out. lol
  4. Yeah, a laptop isn't really cut out for this sort of work.

    Anyway, the Ivy CPU is more powerful. The amount of RAM is only significant if you run out of it. We have no way of knowing how much you need.
  5. omghax1122 said:
    Hello,

    I am speccing out a new laptop. I do occasionaly game but it is not my main purpose. I would say I'm a power user. I tend to run several VMs for several different purposes, mainly testing new solutions and setting up test servers. I also tend to be running many things, at once (on the order of 20-30 combined firefox tabs open, VMs, ms programs, auto diagnostics applications, occasionally long running programs such as converters or crackers).

    Both of these systems are slightly upgraded to meet my needs

    My choice is as follows

    $1100 for a refurb Del Precision m4600 with a 3 year dell warranty
    $1400 for a Samsung samsung np700z7c-s01us with a 2 year geek squad warranty.

    The Dell is as follows:
    128GB SSD
    750GB 7200 RPM HDD
    16GB or 32GB RAM (4x8GB) depending on what I want.
    i7 2620QM

    The Samsung is as follows:
    750GB Hybrid Drive (8GB SSD cache 750GB 7200RPM)
    Maxes out at 12GB RAM
    i7-3615QM

    I never owned a Dell precision so I am not sure on the physcal durability. The samsung seems durable. Every dell laptop I had had crap durability but the warranty made up for it. I am also not sure how "friendly" the geek squad warranty is. Dell would fix\replace my stuff no questions asked.

    IYHO which is the better system?


    If I were to spend that much money on a laptop, I would probably go with either an ASUS G75VW, or an MSI GT70, but that's just my opinion.
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