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Windows 7: I need some help deciding which processor to pick

30 Nov 2010   #1
xXFL4WL3Ss

Windows 7
 
 
I need some help deciding which processor to pick

Hello everyone, I need some help deciding which processor to pick for the HP Envy 14 beats edition that I wanna get, I just need an explination of which processor is better and why:

Here is the laptop

The specs are gonna be: 6gb ram, 1gb ATI video card, 500 gb HD, 1366x768 LED display, and the processor is where I can't decide which one is better?

I know the specs are not the best, but I also wanna get this laptop for the looks, and the Envy line is the best out there for the looks, excluding MacBooks.


Anyways here are my options for the processor:

Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-460M Dual Core Processor (2.53 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz Included in price

Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-560M Dual Core Processor (2.66 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz +$100.00

Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-580M Dual Core Processor (2.66GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.33GHz +$150.00

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-720QM Quad Core processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz +$200.00

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-740QM Quad Core processor (1.73GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) w/Turbo Boost up to 2.93 GHz +$300.00

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-840QM Quad Core processor (1.86GHz,8MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz +$600.00

The ones with the red font are most likely the ones I'll be picking just for the price, but here comes the question I asked, is the best i5 better than the worst i7? and what is the main diff between a quad core and a dual core?

Thanks in advance guys!


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30 Nov 2010   #2
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What do you want the machine to do?
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30 Nov 2010   #3
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Will you be doing alot of multi tasking?
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30 Nov 2010   #4
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

i7 - 740 for +300
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30 Nov 2010   #5
xXFL4WL3Ss

Windows 7
 
 

%80 of my computer usage is basicly surfing the web, I don't play games, prolly like 1 game a year, all I do is go on the internet and download things, I also like customizing my pc, like putting themes, changing the icons, that's about it.
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01 Dec 2010   #6
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

I would go for the dual core unless you think some time down the line you may need extra horse power
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01 Dec 2010   #7
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

What linnemeyerhere said. -
If you are going to get a new computer don't limit your options. The i5 will do what you say you are doing now. But, what if 6 months from now you decide you want to do some other things - but you cant because your CPU isn't capable. My opinion is to get a computer that will enable you to do anything you might want to do.

EDIT: to answer your question the best i5 won't match the worst i7.
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01 Dec 2010   #8
xXFL4WL3Ss

Windows 7
 
 

So the worst i7 is better than the best i5?? How about like going on the internet, which one is going to load the sites faster? and isn't the quad processor better for multitasking only? like that's the only improvment over the dual?
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01 Dec 2010   #9
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
EDIT: to answer your question the best i5 won't match the worst i7.
Come again?
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01 Dec 2010   #10
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

if all you do is go on the internet, an i5 which i believe is quad core (unless the M "mobile" processors are different) is MORE than sufficent.. the processor has little to do with how fast a website will load

edit: just read, aparently the i5M is a dual core, still you will be fine... read below

you dont need to splurge for a better processor. even if you decide you want to do more intense things later on with your computer its not like it WONT do it.. just not as fast as possible

some reasons to upgrade a processor would be: video editing, music production, CAD / CAM, heavy heavy multi tasking, photo editing, high def video transcoding

things along those lines.. if you see your self doing that in the future but only sparingly then dont worry about it, your i5 will still do those things, it just may take 5 minutes to render a 3d landscape instead of 25 seconds...

edit 2: if you can afford it then by all means go for the biggest and the best, then you can have that machine forever, but think about what you need and will possibly need for the next 5~10 years when you will be replacing that machine

edit 3: oh, and to answer your question the main difference between a dual core and a quad core is the number of physical cores on the processor. the more cores the more instructions you can ram through the processor at a single time.
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