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Dell Vostro 3550 - CPU selection

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September 8, 2011 7:38:35 PM

Hello folks,

I need an expert advice from anybody regarding the processor for Vostro 3550 laptop - which I decided to buy.

These are my preferences for system:

-Quiet and cool
-Power efficient (more battery life)
-Internet browsing
-Microsoft Office
-No games
-Optimized for academic research
-Light entertainment


There is a choice between Core i3 2310m and Core i5 2410m. The price difference is $ 220...

Which one of these two will be more reasonable selection?

Many thanks for you answers.
a c 572 D Laptop
September 8, 2011 7:57:02 PM

Hello Os_15;

Either one will be fine. The $220 price difference is far too large a penalty for a modest performance boost. The 'real' cost difference between the two CPUs is more like $60-$70.
a b D Laptop
September 8, 2011 8:24:53 PM

yeah I think you'll be fine with i3. i5 is only about 20% performance boost and def not worth $200 bucks for the upgrade
September 8, 2011 9:20:36 PM

Thank you so much people.

I think that for my tasks i3 will be more suitable at a lower price. I also think that i5 is overpriced though it is the same seller.

All the Best to both.


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