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LAPTOP-i5 3210m with ddr5 gt 650 or i7 3630qm with ddr3 gt 650

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December 17, 2012 5:31:57 PM

This question has been asked very much times but i am not getting any simple answers.The laptop is mainly for gaming and just for entartainment and not for any much of office work(just some presentations ,nothing more).This is my first laptop.
Games I want to play
GTA 4
Sleeping Dogs
Saint Row 2,3
Batman Arkahm City
Crysis 2
Max Payne 3,etc

Laptops compared are

-Dell Inspiron 17R SE
i5 3210m
gt 650m gddr5
4gb ram
1TB hdd
17.3" HD WLED (1600x900)

and

-SAMSUNG Series 5 NP550P5C-S03IN(India)
i7 3630qm
gt 650m ddr3
8gb ram
1TB HDD
15.6" HD+ LED Display(1600x900)
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December 17, 2012 5:48:35 PM

If it was me, I would go with the i5 and the gddr5 version of the 650m. There are very few games right now (and likely in the next year or so) where the quad core would make more of a difference than having the faster memory in your gpu choices.

I think the only game you have listed that you play that would really have a tangible benefit from the quad core is GTA4, but as poorly optimized as that title is for PC you still might be better off with the faster GPU memory. You can purchase an extra 4gb stick of aftermarket ram for the Dell for pretty cheap as well.

Edit: Also consider the portability of the Dell at 17.3" is not going to be optimal (large and heavy).
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December 17, 2012 6:19:05 PM

is gddr5 a big improvement in gpu? or it can be overcome by oc'ing the ddr3 a bit by 100 or 200mhz?
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December 17, 2012 6:38:30 PM

As I personally would never OC a laptop gpu because of heat issues, if it was me i'd go with the other. I also wouldn't be surprised if the Samsung had a completely locked down BIOS so OC might not even be an option, you would have to research further.

From what I have read even though it has a slower core clock it is supposed to be a fair bit faster. You can visit http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-650M.718... and ask around for additional info in the purchase consultation tab if you are looking for a bit more feedback than you might find here.
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December 17, 2012 8:47:15 PM

The samsung with its smaller screen packing the same number of pixels will look better and ddr3/gddr5 wont make a difference at that resolution.
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December 17, 2012 9:08:33 PM

popatim said:
The samsung with its smaller screen packing the same number of pixels will look better and ddr3/gddr5 wont make a difference at that resolution.

I too think similar.ddr3 and gddr5 version wont make much difference if i play at that resolution and would look good in small screen size and will be portable if needed
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December 17, 2012 9:10:11 PM

Tibbs01 said:
As I personally would never OC a laptop gpu because of heat issues, if it was me i'd go with the other. I also wouldn't be surprised if the Samsung had a completely locked down BIOS so OC might not even be an option, you would have to research further.

From what I have read even though it has a slower core clock it is supposed to be a fair bit faster. You can visit http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-650M.718... and ask around for additional info in the purchase consultation tab if you are looking for a bit more feedback than you might find here.

So softwares like msi afterburer won't work to overclock??
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December 17, 2012 9:55:15 PM

2879179,7,1446840 said:
So softwares like msi afterburer won't work to overclock??[/quotemsg

Not if the motherboard will not support it and/or is locked down by the manufacturer. I would also make sure they don't lock you out of being able to download the latest driver's from Nvidia with their OEM gpu's (on both the Dell and the Samsung).

Samsung (among a few other manufacturers including Dell) are notorious for only allowing you to update with their OEM "certified" drivers and then they are never updated/supported after a year so you are stuck with much older drivers unless you want to explore alternative means of cracking/bypassing this which I don't think can be discussed here.

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December 17, 2012 10:25:33 PM

the i5 is not a quad core, but the i7 is. i5 3210M is dual w/HT.
go with the SAMSUNG, it have more RAM too.

overclock is a bad idea for a laptop, because they overheat easily.
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