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Need Help in Choosing between these 2!

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September 8, 2010 9:46:16 PM

Hey guys, I really find this website generally helpful, but now I need help about 2 specific models. So basically I use the laptop quite a lot, be it university, some photoshop and gaming too (although i normally game on the xbox 360 - games which I play on the laptop are games like Medieval 2 Total War, flight simulator X and company of heroes) . I have come down to these 2 models:

Sony VAIO VPCEB2S1E 15.5"

SKU NBO-L90203
Processor Type Intel® Core™ i3-350M
CPU Speed 2.27 GHz
Memory 4 GB
Memory Type DDR 3
Maximum Memory 8 GB
Hard Drive 500 GB
Disk Technology SATA
Screen Size 15.5"
Dedicated Graphics Memory 1 GB
Max Resolution 1366 x 768, WXGA Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Graphics Chipset ATi Mobility Radeon® HD 5650
Optical Drive DVD Super-Multi Drive
Card Reader Yes
Webcam Yes
Wi-Fi connectivity Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
Color Black
Dimensions / Weight (W x H x D) 370mm x 31mm x 248mm / 2.7kg


OR

DELL Inspiron 15R

SKU NBO-L90213
Processor Type Intel® Core™ i5-460M
CPU Speed 2.53 GHz
Memory 4 GB
Memory Type DDR 3
Maximum Memory 8 GB
Hard Drive 500 GB
Disk Technology SATA
Screen Size 15.6"
Dedicated Graphics Memory 1 GB
Max Resolution 1366x768, HD WLED Glossy Display with TrueLifeTM
Graphics Chipset ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
Optical Drive DVD Super-Multi Drive
Card Reader Yes
Webcam Yes
Biometric Fingerprint Reader No
Wi-Fi connectivity Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
Color Black
Dimensions / Weight (W x H x D) 376.0mm x 31.8mm (Min H.) to 34.0mm (Max H.) x 262.0mm / 2.65kg

Now as you can see the main difference is that the VAIO has better video card (ATI HD5650) but the DELL has a better CPU (Core i5-460M).

They are both priced EXACTLY the same from this particular outlet ... so in your opinion, which one would perform generally better for my needs??

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September 8, 2010 9:56:05 PM

Also, the Dell has an HD WLED display, whereas the VAIO has a WXGA Active Matrix TFT Color LCD ...
September 9, 2010 8:59:02 AM

Does anyone have any input about this? I need to make a decision fast .... :( 
September 9, 2010 12:54:34 PM

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Well the Dell clearly has the better display and the faster cpu.

It all comes down to whether you want a faster cpu or faster gpu.

Neither are going to be very great for gaming.

What about upgrading the Dell's video to at least a 5670?



Well I am not purchasing it just for gaming ... as I said i usually game on the xbox 360 ... i only play some strategy games on the laptop.

any other inputs on this?
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