Specs for the MSI GX630 can be seen on newegg, but for the HP dv5t:
Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 processor
2GB DDR2 RAM (might get 4GB later)
250GB 5,400rpm hard drive
nVidia GeForce 9600M GT 512MB GDDR2
wifi + bluetooth
The main differences:
-GX630 has GDDR3, while the dv5t has GDDR2 with the 9600M GT
-GX630 has an Athlon QL-62, with 1MB L2 cache, whereas the dv5t has a Core 2 Duo T5800, with 2MB L2 cache.
-I've had an excellent experience with HP printers, however I wondered whether this also extended to their laptops.
Purpose of laptop: I'm a CS college student, and was looking for a multi-purpose and budget yet be able to handle some of the modern games fairly decently, while also serving to my development needs. This looked like it fit the bill perfectly.
Any advice/help on this would be greatly appreciated.
If there's too many choices, how come it's narrowed down to just those two?
I like Dell and Sony for the customization options.
Are those two you listed the cheapest and that's why they are the contenders?
I'm not sure if there is a major change with AMD/Intel mobile processors but I believe that all things being equal (similar GPU chipsets and relatively similar hardware construction), the Intel laptops will run a bit cooler.
With what you listed, I would choose the HP because most reviews of the dv5 series are relatively favourable.
There should be more support for it, too, since it's so popular. Have an issue? Just google on the hp dv5 and you stand a better chance at finding the answer.
However, I recommend reading reviews on the two laptops and then try to find personal opinions and reviews from owners of the two respective laptops.
I know what you mean about so many choices! But, my prob is that I can't find the exact configuration I want!
Clock for clock, Intel CPUs will beat out AMDs in the mobile sector. Intel tends to be a little better on power consumption as well. Not sure how true this is anymore, but past benchmarks showed that DDR3 didn't make a huge difference in performance, plus at the time it was expensive.
That being said, either laptop will be able to handle what you want to do. I'd look for some reviews and go from there. Check www.notebookreview.com and see what you can find.