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HP Pavilion i7 or i5 processor?

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  1. sowden New Member

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    So i'm looking for a general laptop for school work, net surfing and gaming, so far it looks to me that the HP Pavilion d7 would be a good choice. Just wondering how much difference i would find between the i5 and i7 processors? Is it worth paying roughly £899 for one with an i7 or would i be better off getting an i5 for only £688? Also the one with the i7 has a 8GB RAM but the i5 only has a 6GB RAM would this make much difference?
    Sorry im a bit of a computer noob so any help would be appreciated!
     
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    For school work and surfing, you cannot tell the difference between the two cpu because those task don't load the cpu very much.

    Gaming wise, low end i5 is more than enough, unless you have 2 gpus to feed. It is always better to throw cash into graphic horsepower than into anything more than 4 cpu threads.

    For ram, anything more than 4gb is overkill for your type of use.

    In the end, a i3 with 2 cores/4 threads, 4gb of ddr3-1600 and at least a 560m (nvidia) or 7870m (AMD) for gpu would be a nice fit for you.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
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    If you are not gaming much: http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Lenovo_G570_1167252.html

    If you want some light gaming: http://configure.euro.dell.com/dell...d=inspiron-15r-5520&c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1
    Processor is pretty weak though
    Better processor:http://configure.euro.dell.com/dell...d=inspiron-15r-5520&c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1

    If you are gaming a bit heavily: http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/MSI_GT780DXR-814UK_1187562.html

    Other options: http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimusIII-15/
    Get your i7/i5, get 1600mhz ram, etc.
    I cannot comment on the build quality for this laptop, sorry

    I would go for i5, so far I have not seen a reason for i7, but Ivy Bridge is very much more welcome than Sandy Bridge.
     
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    Thanks for the advice! sorry for another question but would a AMD Radeon HD 7470M graphic card be good enough for gaming?
     
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    Depends what games you want to play, It'll have no problem with COD/Dirt 3 on medium, but it won't even launch more demanding games like battlefield 3

    Gaming Laptops cost a lot of money unfortunately...
     

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