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Most important: i3 vs i5 / 4gb ram vs. 6gb or intel integrated graphics vs. 512

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
September 4, 2010 10:30:47 PM

Looking to get a budget deal on a dell refurbished. Looking to spend around $700ish.

Not sure which is most important. I am only using for internet, some video watching. No gaming.

i3 to i5?
or i3 with more ram (6gb over 4) instead of i5?
integrated intel HD graphics over 512mb dedicated radeon or 1 gb. The graphics card definitely impacts price.

So, if picking only 1 or 2 of these upgrades, which to go with?

I figured an i5 with 4mb ram and maybe 512mb dedicated graphics?
September 5, 2010 1:59:23 AM

i3, 4GB ram, 512mb gpu
September 5, 2010 2:00:22 AM

i3 or an i5 would do just fine for you needs, if you feel the need for extra power, go with the i5.

Definitely 4GB of ram, 6 is just overkill and 4 will be more than enough.

And if you won't be gaming then the lowest graphics option will do just fine.
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September 5, 2010 2:24:32 AM

Thank you both for responses.
I did come quickly to the conclusion that the integrated graphics would be just fine.
4gb makes sense.
i3 vs. i5 isn't as clear cut, so i'll check the price difference in the outlet.

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September 5, 2010 6:30:23 AM

If you aren't considering any gaming, then go with the cheapest option, because both i3 and i5(with 4GB RAM) will handle your tasks fine.