I need a laptop for my daughter to take to uni - it needs to be 17in screen, with a good dedicated graphics card (she is studying product design engineering and so needs good graphics).
We were looking at the Dells but the difference between i5 and i7 has been blurred, it seems, with new versions being released by intel. See here: Core i5 vs. Core i7: Differences Between Intel's i5 and i7 Processors
I am very confused now.
We were looking at an XPS L701X i7 which looked quite good but then we saw that the processor was slower than the i5 which confused us.
We can't afford much more than £700 tops - not with all three kids at Uni next year - so any advice gratefully received!
It's well worth looking at the Dell Outlet for a good price.
Dell Outlet - Refurbished Computers/PCs: Laptops, Desktops & Servers | Dell UK
One of the guys here bought a 17" one for a bargain price from there. Saved a good bit on the price
The spec says so - mrwITch's i5 is one of the newer ones - sandy bridge? - 2.6ghz whereas the i7 we were looking at was 1.73ghz.
mrwIT says the double cores/threads is only any use if the software you use can deal with that.
The article confused me...
Just want a decent spec machine!!!
I bought a machine from Dell Outlet last year for the last child to take to uni - a very nice i5 There hasnt been much on the site lately and the current one that is there is actually cheaper if you buy it new after you add in VAT and delivery.
Last edited by witch; 19th July 2011 at 10:32 PM.
Personally I'd be aiming at the sandy bridge series - tbh anything in that range and you can't go wrong.
What about the Dell "New Inspiron 17R" or XPS 17 ranges?
Last edited by j17sparky; 19th July 2011 at 11:13 PM.
The New Inspiron appears to be an i3 and anyway doesnt have enough graphics
Only main advantage of sandy I can see, is it's lower power. But compared to what the rest of the laptop will use (17" etc) minimal imo.
Heres the inspiron The Dell Online Store: Build Your System
I would have thought a 525m would have been fine, it seems to play games ok http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G1LA9GPsMA
Which i7 is it? I can't find any i7s on the dell site which arn't sandy bridge.
This is the XPS I was looking at. Same spec as the inspiron near enough but with a GT550 http://configure.euro.dell.com/dells...l_id=xps-l702x
Last edited by j17sparky; 19th July 2011 at 11:39 PM.
Looking at a Dell XPS 17 with an i7 740QM which according the Intel website is a clarksfield
It has to be a 17in and it has to have a lot of graphics, probably at least 2GB of non-integrated due to the extensive 3D software she is going to have to run at Uni (they have told us that)
Last edited by witch; 19th July 2011 at 11:42 PM.
BTW I'm getting "your message is too short..." while trying to post back to you. I believe it's because of the auto replace on youtube URLs
EDIT // No sorry the graphics are a bit slower - blooming nvidea product names!
Sack it, just get a mac, it's easier!
Last edited by j17sparky; 19th July 2011 at 11:45 PM.
Where are you looking?
Can't get a mac - can't afford it, don't need it, and yes I am one of those mac haters...
Actually the uni has said that they have more pcs with the software on than macs so a windows machine would be preferable.
mrwITch has a Dell XPS 17 with an i5 2540M
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