I've been looking around for a desktop replacement that will allow me to play games such as Bioshock 2, Mass Effect 3, WoW on mediumish settings. One of my primary concerns is longevity; I'd like to get something that will be able to run new titles for at least the next two years. After playing around on the HP custom-build site for a while I ended up with the following:
-2nd generation Intel(R) Dual Core(TM) i5-2520M (2.5GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz
-1GB AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7690M GDDR5 Discrete Graphics(TM) [HDMI, VGA]
-8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
-750GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
-15.6" High Definition HP LED Brightview (1366x768)
-Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
with a total price of $760. Is this overkill for the kind of use I'm looking for, or is it about right? Will an i5 processor be able to handle newer games or should I go with an i7? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
You will be fine with an i5 CPU. Most games will only use 2 cores. BF3 is one of the few games that can take advantage of more than 2 cores. If you do heavy multi-tasking, then getting a quad core would make sense. For example, I some times play games and encode videos at the same time on my desktop which has a quad core Q9450. I would never do that on my laptop which only has an i5-2410m.
Hard drive size isn't of great concern to me, I don't have large music/video collections or anything like that. Is it worth the extra $150 for the better video card and faster rpm hard drive in the y570?
Thank you for replying, I'm a bit clueless about this kind of thing so I appreciate your help.