So previously I picked a laptop for $979 with a i5-3210 and a gtx660m.
I did some more research and saw that the gt 650 surprisingly performed only slightly less than the gtx. I could save $107 if I chose the 650, and seeing as I wasn't really going to play the latest and most demanding games on highest possible settings, I looked at the 650's. Now it has come down to 2 laptops:
FORCE QAL15-HD / Compal QAL15 with a i5-2450M and a GT 650M 2,048MB GDDR3
Sager NP6175 / Clevo W170ER with a i5-3210M and a GT 650M 1024MB GDDR5
I am with quite a dilemma, I could save about $70 with the Compal but have a 2nd gen cpu and ddr3.
I saw on Intel's site that both cpu's have the same clocks, but on another comparison site, it was said that the 2450 had no support for 32-bit applications even though it was a 64, and 64's usually support both.
So the question is: would you guys spend the extra $70 to get a 3rd gen cpu and gddr5, or stick with the older? Do you think 1gb will be enough for this card?
As a side note, I thought that rest of the options were the same, but I saw that the more expensive piece had a 17.3 inch screen and the lesser had a 15.1 inch. Both have a 1920x1080 resolution. I'm really considering the more expensive option.
I also upgraded the lesser's hdd to a 500gb hdd for $10 while the Sager can be upgraded to a hybrid 500gb or a 750gb standard for free. ram is 8 on both