1. What is "general performer"? I'd take the I3 for typical laptop use. The 7730M is like the 7690M + a bit
2. The I3+GT 650M.
3. See answer number 2.
Why not upgrade to the I5, however?
1. yes, typical use. browsing, handbrake, wmm, 7zip etc...
2. figured that much from my research. i guess i was really wanting to know how big the gap was.
3. i thought gta4 preferred 4 core cpu's? so 2 ivy cores beat 4 trinity cores in gta?
i could get an upgrade to a 1080p screen in the amd system for the price of upgrading from an i3 to i5 in the intel system. not sure if i would notice a difference between an i3 and i5 in daily use but i'm sure i'll notice the difference between 720 and 1080p.
bonus: how much would an i3 hold back that 650m in comparison to a i5?
the i5 option is looking better and better. meh, why can't they make a quality 720p display?! the pixels aren’t the problem at 14" imo, but the viewing angles and color reproduction just kill me on most displays. there is no reason why my phone's screen should look better than the one on my laptop.
Compare the SuperPi results (uses 1 core) but also the wPrime (uses all cores) and you'll see the that I3 competes well against the X3 N830 2.2GHZ - that tells you something about the core vs core performance. Same for A8-3500M (4 cores, 2.4GHZ max). The A8-4500M isn't much faster than the A8-3500M if at all.
notebookcheck.net told me all i needed to know so you indirectly got the "best answer". thanks!