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I5 2.5ghz or i7?

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Last response: in Laptop Tech Support
August 9, 2012 6:59:58 AM

I'm looking to buy a laptop, the only thing I would do on the laptop is work, Graphic design work, using mainly Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign CS6 as well as some short video editing for 2-3min video clips.

So would these softwares run well on a laptop with i5 Ivybridge 2.5Ghz?

Also I was reading about this "new thing" called SSD ExpressCache? Where these laptops come with an 8GB SSD in the samsungs...what is it? Do I care about it? And what happens if this 8GB ssd dies? and is there a way to disable it if it doesn't do me much good, what is life expectancy?

Thanks for answering :) 

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August 9, 2012 11:49:35 AM

Budget, around $1400...
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August 9, 2012 4:43:51 PM

CS6 is multithreaded and uses CUDA so if that's part of the deal, an i7 and nVidia GFX would be my suggestion.

SSD cache is a technology w/o a niche to fill

Finally, another feature of a Z68 chipset is known as SSD caching which is where it allows the use of a small (say 10 or 20 GB) Solid state hard drive to act as a cache for a larger ‘traditional’ hard disk. If you are already planning the use of a Solid State drive this feature is redundant.

You are better off w/a hybrid drive such as the Seagate Momentus 750GB

17.3" 1920 x 1080 Full HD (16:9) LED Backlit Glare Type Display
Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor, 2.3 GHz
16GB, PC3-12800/1600Mhz DDR3 - 4 x 4GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M w/1.5GB GDDR5 with Optimus Technology
750GB/7200rpm Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive w/8GB SSD Memory SATA-600 (
8X Max. DVD±R/RW Writer/Reader / 4X Max. +DL Super-Multi Drive
8 Cells Lithium-Ion Battery Pack 76.96WH
Intel Wireless Lan N2230 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 Combo
Full Color Programmable Backlight Keyboard
Built-In 2.0M Pixels Digital Video Camera
Built-In Fingerprint Reader
Built-In Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Built-In 9-IN-1 Flash Memory Reader(MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS DUO/SD/Mini-SD/SDHC/SDXC)
1 IEEE-1394a Fire Wire
1 USB 2.0 Ports
3 USB 3.0 Ports
1 eSATA Port (USB 3.0 Combo)
1 HDMI 1.4a Output (with HDCP)
1 DVI-I Port
1 Display Port 1.1
1 Kensington Lock Port
Built-in Microphone, 2 Speakers and 1 Sub-Woofer
4 Audio Jacks for Headphone, Microphone-In, S/PDIF-Out, and Line-In
1 100/240V Autoswitch AC Power Adapter

About $1480 for the Clevo 170ER custom built as above.
August 9, 2012 6:55:49 PM

screen size? need a high quality screen or you'll be working with an external one? battery? specific connection ports?

I'd prefer 14-15" as I have a nice monitor I can easily hookup to at home...just need enough power to run the adobe CS6 suite.