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Hp Envy Ultrabook I3 Or I5?

#1 User is offline   claudenzanolli03 

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:58 PM

Hey guys, there are these two HP Envy touch screen laptops,Windows 8, with i3 and i5 processor. the first one is $549 and the second one is $799.I don't like gaming, but I use Photoshop sometimes... what do you think I should buy? thanks a lot :)
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 08:14 PM

View Postclaudenzanolli03, on 25 November 2012 - 07:58 PM, said:

Hey guys, there are these two HP Envy touch screen laptops,Windows 8, with i3 and i5 processor. the first one is $549 and the second one is $799.I don't like gaming, but I use Photoshop sometimes... what do you think I should buy? thanks a lot :)

In the world of desktops, this is extremely easy - the i5. Namely because Photoshop ends up performing roughly 2 times faster. On laptops this is a bit harder, as the cpu's don't have the extreme performance difference. You are looking at roughly 15% more performance moving to the i5 from the i3. The question really becomes, is a 15% performance gain worth $250?

I am assuming everything else is equal between the machines. Extra ram, and a faster hard drive will also greatly impact the performance.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:36 PM

thanks waldojim! and yes, everything else is the same! I really would like to know if this 15% performance gain worth the $250! don't know what to do!
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:49 PM

Really that is up to you. I know I personally would pay the extra for it, but I would also make darned sure to get more than just a slight processor bump in the deal as well. Considering that you are looking at a $250 difference in price, I would demand more ram or a larger hard drive to sweeten the deal. That is just me though.

To be honest, I am quite surprised no one else has chimed in yet. :)
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:58 PM

thanks again dude! anyone else?
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:05 AM

For the reasons that the ultrabook will be used for, the i5 seems to be pretty much useless. The i3 is doubtlessly a better choice. Furthermore, the battery life will be better
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:35 AM

If you're not a (keen) gamer, you don't need the world's fastest CPUs, that's pretty obvious. And this 15% could matter if you needed Photoshop for earning a living.   
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:26 AM

To be honest, if I were I in that situation and couldn't get a better deal, I would likely get the i3. $250 seems like a lot to pay for so little.
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