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August 23, 2011 2:22:31 PM

hello im in the market for cheap laptop for medium gaming at a budget of 500£ or 800$.

i hav decided to go for the acer aspire 5750g.

i have read reviews and they seem to be good enough for gaming and use in college in 2012.

so i am now stumped as to which configs to choose as both are £499.97.

one has an i3 2nd gen 2130m cpu, 6 gb ram and dvd/rw drive,

whereas the other has an i5 2410m with 4gb ram and a dvd supert multi drive

....hdd is not a concern for me as usually i only install one gae at a time anyway and both have 1gb nvidia gt 540m

so please help me

should i go with i3 or i5 ? is there that much of a gaming increase in performance to sacarafice ram and dvd drive?

please help asap as i need to oreder within the hour before shipping closes...thanks

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a b 4 Gaming
August 23, 2011 2:32:36 PM

What do you mean sacrifice dvd drive? They both have a DVDRW.

Not sure why the price is the same if they both have the same graphics, the i5 is by far the better choice even with less ram.
August 23, 2011 2:37:44 PM

thanks for replie

i mean a slower dvd drive and from what i can gather is not good at writing dvds :D 

thanks i think i will go with the i5 as i can always buy more ram if needed as i thought 6 would be a bit much anyway :D 

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August 23, 2011 2:46:03 PM

If $800 is your budget, I'd go with:

Acer Aspire AS5750G-9463 Notebook Intel Core i7 2630QM(2.00GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 640GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gives you Quad Core Sandy bridge over your other i3's and i5's, discrete Nvidia 540M for light gaming, and even though its only 4 GB RAM, you can always get a cheap 8 GB RAM kit later. ( You can always upgrade that crappy 5400rpm HDD to a SDD at a later time as well )
a b 4 Gaming
August 23, 2011 3:21:59 PM

jadedmonkey said:
If $800 is your budget, I'd go with:

Acer Aspire AS5750G-9463 Notebook Intel Core i7 2630QM(2.00GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 640GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gives you Quad Core Sandy bridge over your other i3's and i5's, discrete Nvidia 540M for light gaming, and even though its only 4 GB RAM, you can always get a cheap 8 GB RAM kit later. ( You can always upgrade that crappy 5400rpm HDD to a SDD at a later time as well )


Newegg does not ship to United Kingdom. Please pay attention before posting. :sarcastic: 
August 23, 2011 3:30:02 PM

thanks for help though monkey :D  i went with the i5 because the other "sacaraficed" parts are all easily upgradeable thanks for the posts
a b 4 Gaming
August 23, 2011 4:10:17 PM

Hyperthreading isn't really going to help you with hardly anything, especially gaming, so it's not worth the extra 80p.

Besides the i5 is faster than that i7 by 300mhz, which would be a significant boost in gaming or regular apps.
August 23, 2011 4:46:17 PM

no, hyperthreading really wouldn't help, thats true, but since the 2630QM is a true quad core and has 2 additional physical cores in addition to 4 logical cores, that DOES affect game performance. And while the clock speed is 2.0Ghz on the 2630QM versus 2.3Ghz in the i5 2410, the 2630 offers a 2.8Ggz dual core turbo boost clock which matches the turbo boost clock on the 2410, and 2.6Ghz quad core turbo boost that the dual core obviously cannot match in gaming or regular apps.

Note the Intel Sandy Bridge OEM chart to see a clear comparison of features between the 2630QM and the 2410.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4084/intels-sandy-bridge-...

yes i suppose it does come down to whether or not 80p is worth the difference. Since it is not really something you can upgrade down the line, I'd probably spring for it. Thats just me. If the 500p budget isn't flexible though, I'm sure you'll still be pleased with the i5 regardless. :) 
a b 4 Gaming
August 23, 2011 6:06:35 PM

I have to admit I thought the i5 was a quad core, it's actually a dual core w/hyperthreading.

However the i5 turbo's to 2.9, which is still faster than the i7 in most applications, including most games.

Your battery will last longer too.
August 23, 2011 6:22:37 PM

the i5 turbos to 2.9Ghz with single core usage, which is the same as the i7. the i7 is 200Ghz faster with dual core usage turbo, 2.8Ghz vs 2.6Ghz, and the i7 can turbo to 2.6 with a 4 cores being used, of course, the i5 dual has no comparison to that.
Can double check the different Turbo capabilities on same chart as before

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4084/intels-sandy-bridge-...

True, battery life is affected.
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