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I7-3630QM with HD4000 or i7-3520M with GT 630M?

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December 24, 2012 4:06:23 AM

I am in a big state of confusion with two laptops. Both of them are have identical configs other than GPU and GPU with a $70 difference. One comes with i7-3630QM ($580) while the other one comes with i7-3520M with dedicated GT630M ($650). I am more into graphic works like photoshop and illustration along with softwares like matlab. I don't intend on playing recent games on it (got xbox for that). So which one would actually be better, quad core or dual core with dedicated graphics; in overall context?

Please don't suggest me anything like "get 650M" or some other laptop because these two are my only options.


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December 24, 2012 4:15:06 AM

Go for the quad core. The quad core will serve you better with graphics work. The dual core wont be enough.
December 24, 2012 4:17:18 AM

So intel HD 4000 will work smoothly with HD videos, graphic works and basic gaming like star craft? I forgot to mention about HD videos in my post.
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December 24, 2012 5:45:39 AM

Yes it will work fine for HD videos and graphic works, do you mean Starcraft 1 or 2? If it is the first one yes, second one not so much.
December 24, 2012 5:57:55 AM

Will it play Starcraft 2 might be a question but it is certain the dual core will let you down when rendering.
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