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January 22, 2014 2:08:14 PM

I am looking for a new laptop for music production. I use FL studio and run a lot of VST plugins.

I need to know if it would be better to buy an Intel i5 or i7 - or will an AMD quadcore be good enough. I always had Intel but the prices won't come down on the i7 laptops so it's hard not to be swayed by the lower priced AMD's. I am looking at HP laptops, specifically the Envy 6 1202 model featuring an i7 quadcore, 12 gb ddr3 ram, 32gb SSD / 500 gb generic HDD. I know I would need a proper SSD hard disk and loads of ram. I think the cpu needs to be a quad core, but I am not running any graphic-intensive programs (video stuff etc). The Envy 6 I mentioned has a AMD radeon with 2gb ram, more then enough for what I am doing with it. So in the end it boils down to: Intel i7 quad, or maybe i5 quad (they exist, right?) or on the other hand an AMD quad core.

Thanks for your input!
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January 22, 2014 4:18:34 PM

Transjuicer said:
I am looking for a new laptop for music production. I use FL studio and run a lot of VST plugins.

I need to know if it would be better to buy an Intel i5 or i7 - or will an AMD quadcore be good enough. I always had Intel but the prices won't come down on the i7 laptops so it's hard not to be swayed by the lower priced AMD's. I am looking at HP laptops, specifically the Envy 6 1202 model featuring an i7 quadcore, 12 gb ddr3 ram, 32gb SSD / 500 gb generic HDD. I know I would need a proper SSD hard disk and loads of ram. I think the cpu needs to be a quad core, but I am not running any graphic-intensive programs (video stuff etc). The Envy 6 I mentioned has a AMD radeon with 2gb ram, more then enough for what I am doing with it. So in the end it boils down to: Intel i7 quad, or maybe i5 quad (they exist, right?) or on the other hand an AMD quad core.

Thanks for your input!



in terms of grunt power
i3 are locked no turbo
i5 mobiles are duel core with turbo
i7 are quad and duel core depending on which you go for

avoid the U series

also whats your budget
January 22, 2014 4:27:14 PM

Thanks BeyondLogic, my budget would be in euro's: € 600,- / € 800 - hence my deliberations.

Why avoid the U series?
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January 22, 2014 4:38:12 PM

The U series are low power chips.
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January 22, 2014 4:39:25 PM

Transjuicer said:
Thanks BeyondLogic, my budget would be in euro's: € 600,- / € 800 - hence my deliberations.

Why avoid the U series?



u series focus on energy efficiency not really performance e.g a u i5 will get clobbered by a normal i5

http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i5-4200U-vs-Intel-Co...

dont be fooled by the i7u since its not a true i7

which area are you in the euro region

also amd will be releasing a newer kaveri model of the apu line but these models tend to be

inbetween a i3 and i5

but gpu should kick the i3 and i5 round like a football.

we wont know much till feb though is when we expect kaveri laptops could be wrong
January 22, 2014 4:41:48 PM

@loginofhades: thanks!

@beyondlogic: I live in the Netherlands.
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January 22, 2014 4:49:37 PM

Transjuicer said:
@loginofhades: thanks!

@beyondlogic: I live in the Netherlands.


good that helps my search a bit

is portability a must does it have to be a laptop youd get better money in a desktop to be honest
January 22, 2014 4:53:52 PM

Yes, laptop is a requirement: I must be able to take it with me on a live performance.
It's hard to find an i7 with 15,3" screen or more and ssd bootdisk - for less then a grand.
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January 22, 2014 5:07:00 PM

Transjuicer said:
Yes, laptop is a requirement: I must be able to take it with me on a live performance.
It's hard to find an i7 with 15,3" screen or more and ssd bootdisk - for less then a grand.



yeah that is a problem but if you can ditch ssd you can find them but not at the 600-800 euro

theres ways to make it under a grand but its still going over your budget

your looking more between the 900-100 for a i7 but less for a i5 with ssd etc

if your willing i know a site that can help you build a laptop from scratch

example

give me details

i5 or i7 very max budget can go
ssd size 64gb or 128 gb ( higher gets expensive)
graphics card ammount of ram
4gb or 8gb

compromises you can live with


whats the requirements of the program
January 22, 2014 5:27:57 PM

beyondlogic said:
Transjuicer said:
Yes, laptop is a requirement: I must be able to take it with me on a live performance.
It's hard to find an i7 with 15,3" screen or more and ssd bootdisk - for less then a grand.



yeah that is a problem but if you can ditch ssd you can find them but not at the 600-800 euro

theres ways to make it under a grand but its still going over your budget

your looking more between the 900-100 for a i7 but less for a i5 with ssd etc

if your willing i know a site that can help you build a laptop from scratch

example

give me details

i5 or i7 very max budget can go
ssd size 64gb or 128 gb ( higher gets expensive)
graphics card ammount of ram
4gb or 8gb

compromises you can live with


whats the requirements of the program




i5 or i7 probably
HDD: ssd 24 or 32gb - if a second hdd is there, else 128gb
RAM: 8GB ddr3 is pretty good, 12GB would be perfect
Graphics: AMD radeon with 2gb ram is sufficient, could be less (won't run video applications or BF4 or such games)
Screen size 15,6" ish
Need 3 or 4 USB slots

No dvd writer needed
Audio is unimportant (will have 24bit external Alesis iO4 audiocard)
OS: either windows 8.1 or windows 7
Did I forget anything?

Requirements of FL studio are not high because they are based on a pretty simple setup.
On my intel dual core 1,7 ghz from 2007 (yes, almost 7 years old) it pulls about 50 to 60% cpu on intense times. I think it's mostly maths functions and calculations (specially cpu-heavy synths and effects like reverb and delay). FL studio has nice graphics but you can aslo turn those off. That laptop I just mentioned has 1,5 GB ddr1 RAM and it still runs FL studio pretty ok, but I have to dumb down on the multitimbral synths. (PS you can find examples of the music I make with it on soundcloud, http://soundcloud.com/moonwolf2012/.

I know that compared to it, even an i3 is a fantastic upgrade but I plan to use the laptop as long as the current one (at least 6 years, maybe replacing a hdd or some ram over the years).
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January 23, 2014 2:18:41 AM

Transjuicer said:
beyondlogic said:
Transjuicer said:
Yes, laptop is a requirement: I must be able to take it with me on a live performance.
It's hard to find an i7 with 15,3" screen or more and ssd bootdisk - for less then a grand.



yeah that is a problem but if you can ditch ssd you can find them but not at the 600-800 euro

theres ways to make it under a grand but its still going over your budget

your looking more between the 900-100 for a i7 but less for a i5 with ssd etc

if your willing i know a site that can help you build a laptop from scratch

example

give me details

i5 or i7 very max budget can go
ssd size 64gb or 128 gb ( higher gets expensive)
graphics card ammount of ram
4gb or 8gb

compromises you can live with


whats the requirements of the program




i5 or i7 probably
HDD: ssd 24 or 32gb - if a second hdd is there, else 128gb
RAM: 8GB ddr3 is pretty good, 12GB would be perfect
Graphics: AMD radeon with 2gb ram is sufficient, could be less (won't run video applications or BF4 or such games)
Screen size 15,6" ish
Need 3 or 4 USB slots

No dvd writer needed
Audio is unimportant (will have 24bit external Alesis iO4 audiocard)
OS: either windows 8.1 or windows 7
Did I forget anything?

Requirements of FL studio are not high because they are based on a pretty simple setup.
On my intel dual core 1,7 ghz from 2007 (yes, almost 7 years old) it pulls about 50 to 60% cpu on intense times. I think it's mostly maths functions and calculations (specially cpu-heavy synths and effects like reverb and delay). FL studio has nice graphics but you can aslo turn those off. That laptop I just mentioned has 1,5 GB ddr1 RAM and it still runs FL studio pretty ok, but I have to dumb down on the multitimbral synths. (PS you can find examples of the music I make with it on soundcloud, http://soundcloud.com/moonwolf2012/.

I know that compared to it, even an i3 is a fantastic upgrade but I plan to use the laptop as long as the current one (at least 6 years, maybe replacing a hdd or some ram over the years).




Ok this is more cheaper then most laptops its slightly out your budget though

http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/cosmosII/?set_c...


recipe

i5 4200
750m
8gb of ddr3 1600mhz
2x4gb

harddrives
first 120gb ssd kingston
2nd 500gb western digital 5400rm ( storage)

thermal paste mx4 paste ( best paste)

operating system either choose windows 7 or 8.1 depending on your preferance

personally contact fl studio and make sure its supported for windows 8.1

change keyboard to keyboard that your used to otherwise youll get a standard uk keyboard


and that should be it unless you want a better battery which will cost you more

the grand total i got was

863 euro

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January 23, 2014 6:04:09 AM

For most tasks, the best of AMD's mobile APUs (Richland A10) is somewhere near the performance of the last generation mobile Core i3. And once you go from i3 to i5 there is a nice performance increase. And if you go from mobile i5 to quad-core mobile i7, there will be even a bigger improvement for heavily threaded applications since mobile i5 is dual-core with hyper-threading, just like mobile Core i3, but with Turbo mode.

Just remember, if you want CPU power, don't get the 15watt ULV Intel Core models (those ending in U and Y). They're clock frequency is much lower.
January 23, 2014 8:16:30 AM

I recommend the APU 7670k for this case, if you are going to play games get the Fx8350 or i5 or for the best performance the i7
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