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I3 good enough for multimedia?

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
January 26, 2010 11:54:16 PM

I'm looking to buy my first laptop. I"ve found the information here invaluable for me as I have no experience with the current state of laptop hardware and how to make sense of all the competing versions from various manufacturers. I've been piecing together desktops for a while but am at a complete loss when shopping for a laptop.

That said, I think I'm decided on an Intel-i3/i5 based system. All I plan to do with the laptop is have it act as an interface for my home network to my home theater setup in the living room. I will be connecting it to the 720p tv via HDMI, and was wondering if the i3 will be able to handle running videos up to 720p via codecs such as divx, .mkv, etc., smoothly with the integrated GPU. I have a seperate DVD player and Blu-Ray player, so that is not a concern.

Thanks in advance for any opinions!

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a b D Laptop
January 27, 2010 4:42:30 AM

I've run 1080p video on much less powerful hardware. You should be fine.
a b D Laptop
January 27, 2010 1:44:51 PM

i3 is more than enough as frozenlead pointed out. You can do your multimedia work perfectly with that!
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February 2, 2010 11:03:07 PM

Best answer selected by velcroBP.
a b D Laptop
March 26, 2011 11:28:46 PM

Can u do gaming with I3 processor?