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Laptop under $500 for light graphic design

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by JanJan, May 12, 2011.

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    That looks like a pretty good deal.

    However, with the original macbook, being that old, it could be a macbook1,1 or a macbook 2,1.

    One is a core duo, one is a core 2 duo. The normal core duo does NOT have 64 bit. (It's a Yonah CPU), wheres the macbook 2,1 is a Merom CPU and has 64 bit. This is not an issue in most cases, but the 2,1 maxes out at 3Gb memory, 1,1 maxes out at 2Gb memory.

    The ebay lists a core 2 duo, indicating it is a 2,1 but I could very very very easily see it being just posted genericly, and you could get screwed for what they listed incorrectly.

    Otherwise, it's a solid machine for the price :)

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    Phenom II will probably have the most power from the AMD line.

    If this is 3d rendering, none of the GPU's are going to do well at all.

    If this is photoshop work, you really just want a power house of a CPU, since GPU support is going to be almost nonexistant at this price point.

    What software is going to be used? Photoshop supports GPU assistance, but generally requires some power to actually be of any value. 3d rendering is very very GPU demanding.

    New i3/i5 GPU's would probably have much better results than any other low end GPU at the moment, until AMD gets their Fusion stuff out in full force.
     
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    what would you choose between

    Phenom 2 2.8 ghz + ATI HD 4250
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    i3 2.4 ghz + intel HD

    the i3 is $50 over the budget. but my friend can strech a bit. hah

    ps: also you mean that the i3/i5 has built in gpu that gives more bang for buck?
     
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    the phenom 2 2.8ghz+ati 4250,i'd choose an amd/ati gpu over an intel intergrated, but intel cpu on laptops are better than amd.
     
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    The penom 2 @ 2.800mhz will be faster then the I3 @ 2.4 or at least the same speed, the ati 4250 will be 2x faster then the intel video card. but 2x as fast as a turtle is still slow :p
     
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    Yes, the i3/i5 GPu is a fantastic performer.


    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/foru...2500k-core-i7-2600k-processors-review-19.html

    You can see the i5 HD3000 absolutely decimates the 4290 in performance. :pimp:
     
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    Thats the same GPU.

    The GPUs on the notebook review charts are significantly faster than the 4250 GPU's ;)

    flat out, the hd3000 is a mid range part :toast:
     
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    don't waste the money on the mac... Pfft, there is the first problem sessh.

    I have professional photographers and graphics designers using laptops with i3's, none of them have complained, all with integrated graphics.

    BTW: These customers are known to complain when something gets slow.
     
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    a friend of mine got a notebook with the intel 3000 its comparable to a 8600m gt from the looks which is very good for a igp but what editing apps are you planning to run besides photoshop.
     
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    Intel 3000 comparable to 8500m probably closer.

    Being a person who owned both and the system with the intel 3000 was slightly faster over all.
    My 8600M still beat it pretty good.
     
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    Blind mac bashing really isn't necessary. They are very capable machines, especially for photoshop use. Mouse-free(trackpad based) productivity cannot be matched with windows, and from a software maintenence TCO, are leaps and bounds above pc counterparts.

    Also, for photoshop, you only get gpu acceleration for supported gpu's, and i dont think the intel stuff qualifies(too new, adobe too slow), so your photographer friends wouldn't notice a gpu slowdown , since the cpu is handling the work. I can safely say my 2.66ghz c2d is a bottleneck when used for relatively serious rendering. Memory usage is next in line.
     
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