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October 12, 2012 7:28:22 PM

Hello. Im planning to buy an HP laptop and i have 2 possible configurations and also i am budget conscious. I want to keep it below 700$ preferably 650$.
Im confused between A10-4600 with HD7730m
or i5-3210 IVY bridge with HD7670m
I also have an option of choosing the 1GB or the 2GB version of the graphic cards. I am not a fan of the NVIDIA as i have had a bad experience with it.

If i go with trinity i will be able to buy a bigger and faster HDD (DV series) on the other hand, the Trinity (g6 series) will give me and intel processor which I am more comfortable with but a smaller HDD. I have never used an AMD processor but whatever reviews i have read, i have observed that IVY bridge is FAR better than the A10-4600. please help me choose the right configuration and the right laptop.

use Photoshop, premiere pro, and play games like CS-GO, COD and if i have a good graphic card then i would load better games too. But video and photo editing take the front seat for me.

Thanking you

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October 12, 2012 7:58:49 PM

Below $650 - go with the A10-5800K. Above $650 - go with the i5-3470.

However be advised neither GPU will really give you decent frame rates - the 5800K has excellent onboard video and can last until you want to buy a good GPU for it..
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October 12, 2012 8:19:44 PM

so you mean neither of the configurations are good?
I may sound like a fool but the IVY bridge 3210 2.5 base clock seemed a good option.
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October 12, 2012 9:48:22 PM

Sunny5 said:
so you mean neither of the configurations are good?
I may sound like a fool but the IVY bridge 3210 2.5 base clock seemed a good option.


I'm not really saying either configuration is bad - those GPUs leave a lot to be desired though and you would be wise to consider as many options as you can before purchasing.
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October 12, 2012 9:54:59 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I'm not really saying either configuration is bad - those GPUs leave a lot to be desired though and you would be wise to consider as many options as you can before purchasing.


can you please suggest some good configurations within 700$ or a laptop? my use is mainly internet and photoshop, premiere pro, and games like COD, CS-GO
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October 12, 2012 10:03:41 PM

Wasn't this discussed in another thread you made?

Also, 2GB VRAM won't make a difference at all.

I'll do what I didn't do in the other thread: For gaming, go with the A10/7730m combo. For non-gaming (Photoshop and all that), go with the i5/7670m. Choose which is more important and buy that laptop.
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October 12, 2012 10:06:20 PM

Sunny5 said:
can you please suggest some good configurations within 700$ or a laptop? my use is mainly internet and photoshop, premiere pro, and games like COD, CS-GO


Laptop GPUs and CPUs are in no way shape or form anywhere near their desktop equivalents.

For a $700 budget I'd recommend this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($86.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($27.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $687.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 12, 2012 10:15:54 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Laptop GPUs and CPUs are in no way shape or form anywhere near their desktop equivalents.

For a $700 budget I'd recommend this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($86.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($27.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $687.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)



Im sorry im not so tech savvy so this might sound lame. This configuration is on some website or you are advising me to assemble one ?
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October 12, 2012 10:30:14 PM

Sunny5 said:
Im sorry im not so tech savvy so this might sound lame. This configuration is on some website or you are advising me to assemble one ?


The site I use is called PC Part Picker and you can input any number of components and it will tell you any incompatibilities, and what stores have the parts for the lowest prices.
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