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    Laptop Choice - Your Opinion

    Basically, which laptop would offer overall best performance? One has newer CPU with faster RAM but the other has a dedicated GPU and bigger HDD.

    Would the newer CPU / faster RAM outweigh the dedicated video card??

    Not for me, and i know there's other models / manufacturers etc

    Model 1
    Inspiron 17 Intel Core i
    The new Inspiron 17, with a new look and new features, like the HDMI port to connect to your HDTV!
    Intel® Core™ i3-330M (2.13Ghz, 4Threads, 3M cache)
    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
    17.3" WLED High Definition + (1600 x 900) TFT Display with TrueLife™
    Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD
    3072MB 1067MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [1x1024 + 1x2048]
    250GB (5,400rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
    DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD)
    1 year of coverage included with your PC
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    Model 2
    Inspiron 17
    The ATI graphics card adds a new level of detail to your media experience: movies, games, pictures.
    Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor T4400 (2.2GHz, 800MHz, 1MB cache)
    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit- English
    17.3" WLED High Definition + (1600 x 900) TFT Display with TrueLife™
    512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330
    3072MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [1x2048 + 1x1024]
    500GB (5400RPM) Serial ATA Hard Drive
    DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD) with DVD Burn software
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    Model 2 - Simply because of the graphics card (its not shared), and the dual-core processor.

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    Depends what they're doing...

    If any gaming is involved then go for 2 (graphics based) If not - they'll see much better multitasking from Model 1. Hard drive wise - they're the same spindle speed, with the 320 being slightly denser (assuming the 500 is more platters) so the 320 will probably technically run slightly faster seek times, but not to a noticable degree.

    Feel free to correct me on my hard drive knowledge...

    ICTSM - the dual core CPU might be good, but compared to the i3 in model one (quad thread) it's at a disadvantage in this comparisson
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    I was asked an opinion, which I gave openly and honestly. I do not need to see your opinion of my opinion. Keep it in a PM if you must.

    However, in answer to your opinion, for me the devil is in the detail...and have yet to see a multi-threading PC operate faster than dual or quad processor. When I do, my opinion may change.

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    Wow - my apologies if that came accross as a personal attack...

    I was addressing it in the context of this thread - I agree entirely with threaded cpus not quite being up to multicore cpus, however the i3-330m is a dual core chip, with 2 threads per core, so will be inherently faster than the older tech Dual core pentium, which was a model level below even the Core2Duo. You're also looking at triple the cache on the i3.

    Again this may come off as an opinion of your opinion - but I struggle to see what else a forum is for other than trying to offer the OP as much information as possible from varying points of view. If I hadn't addressed the point you'd made - I wouldn't have been able to justify the point I was trying to make in saying that the i3 is a better CPU. (Which I can go and grab benchmarks for if you require)

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    Option 1 general use

    Option 2 Games

    The Core i3 (2 cores with 2 threads per core) in option 1 should thrash the one in option 2

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