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Phenom II or i3-330 ???

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Last response: in Laptop General Discussion
September 23, 2011 8:41:49 PM

Hi everyone, i cant make my mind up, my dilema is which processor do i go with, my choice is either one of these:

Asus K52N
AMD Phenom II N660 3GHz
15.6" HD LED
ATI Mobility Radeon HD4200


Asus X52F
Intel HD Graphics Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0

Both are £300, but which one should i go for??? (its the RAM that is confussing me, do i go for more on the Phenom? or less on the i3?)

any help is appreciated, cheers

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September 23, 2011 9:11:31 PM

i3 would be more battery effecient choise over the AMD.
On some light gaming prupose go with AMD, cuz i3/i5 has a really buggy 1st gen Intel HD GMA video adapter.
September 23, 2011 9:21:40 PM

You wont ever be doing any gaming on these computers, so you might as well get the battery life with the I3. the only problem I have with the Intel is the terrible 2gb of memory. If you can ( it requires no technical skill at all) you should look into installing 3-4gb.
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September 23, 2011 9:45:35 PM

briliant guys, cheers.

i wont be doing any gaming but will do some light work with photoshop/illustrator...nothing substantial enough to demand a larger budget,

batt isnt much of an issue as i will be plugged into the mains mostly.

will upgrading RAM myself be expensive or hard to do? will it be noticeably better?
September 23, 2011 10:00:06 PM

upgrading ram is just about the easiest thing you can for your computer. I highly recommend it if you're doing any photoshop, video editing, etc.

You'll notice a considerable difference in the speed of browsing the internet, photoshop and other memory hogging programs.

Aside from that, It'll just make your computer feel more responsive all around.

Its about a 25 dollar problem. The great thing is if you dont have the money at the time you can do it whenever you want.
September 23, 2011 10:13:55 PM

That is the old socket i3. (s1156)

You should be choosing between X4 955 and i3-2100 (s1155). NOT i3-330.
September 23, 2011 11:08:09 PM

geekapproved said:
That is the old socket i3. (s1156)

You should be choosing between X4 955 and i3-2100 (s1155). NOT i3-330.

He's buying a notebook.
September 24, 2011 1:54:21 PM

cptpoppinfresh said:
He's buying a notebook.

Ok still want the new i3, not the old i3.
September 25, 2011 8:34:01 PM

Cool, i dont think i can afford a new i3, but are we agreed that an old i3 is better than said Phenom?? : S