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i3 or i5

Posted 31 July 2013 - 03:04 PM

The difference between a HP Pavilion with an i3 or i5 processor is around £150. Would you go for the i5? I'm keen to get a fast laptop (I don't care about disk size or graphics) but I'm not sure if I'll notice the difference.

This laptop also comes with AMD processors, but this topic is not something I've kept up-to-date with.

Any guidance is welcome ;) It doesn't have to be this laptop if you have an alternative suggestion.

BTW I don't play games :bigsmile:

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Re: i3 or i5

Posted 31 July 2013 - 03:07 PM

Well it depends entirely on what you're using it for.

An i3 will be suffice for most general needs, but if you're planning on running virtual machines or doing anything a little more graphically intensive than just your desktop and work apps, I'd suggest going for the i5.

In other news though, your processor is 95% likely to not be your bottleneck for most stuff. If I were you, I would save the £150 and get myself a 256GB Samsung SSD with that money, fit it in, and you'll be faster than you've ever been before. It's a far more effective way to spend the money.

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Re: i3 or i5

Posted 31 July 2013 - 03:13 PM

Typically i5 is better than i3.. without knowing exactly which processor it is I can't pull up specific charts.


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What I can recommend is look for "haswell" or "4th gen" intel chips. Those just came out a few months back and are supposed to be super duper cool for battery life and processing..
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Re: i3 or i5

Posted 31 July 2013 - 03:18 PM

Thanks @Rudi. I mainly run Office apps, VS, SQL Server, and a number of different IDEs. I want them to run and open quickly and to rapidly switch between. I usually have several running at the same time.

256GB Samsung SSD

I'm guessing this isn't one of their options. So you reckon it's quite easy to replace..? :sweatdrop:
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Re: i3 or i5

Posted 01 August 2013 - 12:47 AM

If you're just doing that, it's likely you won't notice much (if any) improvement with an i5 over the i3 like I say, an SSD however will benefit you.

Yes, they're very easy to replace.

Here's what I'm referring to: http://www.novatech....z-7td250bw.html

Just open a couple of screws and rip out the old one, new one will go in fine.
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Re: i3 or i5

Posted 02 August 2013 - 05:26 PM

There's a new Samsung SSD which I can get in a couple of days. They come with Magician software to transfer the OS (clone the drive). Someone mentioned that they didn't use this software - would you use different software to transfer?

It seems a shame a buy a laptop and just ditch the drive - this is the world we live in! (I replaced a TV recently which I'm sure could be repaired, but the cost of repair would be more than a new TV. Doh!)

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Re: i3 or i5

Posted 02 August 2013 - 06:18 PM

.. or don't replace it. SSD drives are fast, but not imperative for life.
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Re: i3 or i5

Posted 03 August 2013 - 06:49 AM

View Postmodi123_1, on 03 August 2013 - 01:18 AM, said:

.. or don't replace it. SSD drives are fast, but not imperative for life.

Good point. I want to use my laptop for a while anyway, otherwise I wouldn't notice the difference :dontgetit: if I eventually decide to splash out on an SSD.

I went for this Samsung Series 3

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Re: i3 or i5

Posted 04 October 2013 - 03:13 PM

i3, taking in consideration you don't play games and you only intend to use it for minimal needs. It will take care of your processing.
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Re: i3 or i5

Posted 27 October 2013 - 09:38 PM

The "I" series is all about hyper threading (virtual pipelines). You can't accurately judge the performance between an I3 and I5 without looking at the exact specs of the physical cores.
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