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Old 07-19-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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Picking from two laptops.

I'm going to engineering college and I need a laptop. Gaming power is nice, but this laptop's primary focus will be for schoolwork and possibly running engineering programs, with gaming being a secondary priority. Spent quite awhile looking in the $500-$650 price range, and I've found two that offer superb processing power for the price. Both are Lenovos, so I know I'm getting a quality laptop.

Laptop A is a Thinkpad Edge E430, ordered straight from Lenovo's website. It has an i5-3210m processor and 14 inch screen. It costs about $550 and comes with Lenovo's 1 year warranty.

Laptop B is a refurbished Ideapad Z570 on NewEgg. i7-2670QM processor and a 15.6 inch screen. It's $530 dollars, with up to two years of Service Net warranty for $70 per year. At that price for an i7, I couldn't ignore it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834246638

Both have integrated graphics, 4GB of 1333 MHz memory and a 500GB 5400rpm HDD (plenty of space for me). I would like to know if the i7 laptop is worth it at that price, and if so, how much warranty should I get for it? I'm hoping this laptop will last me four years, so the longetivity of the processing power is also an important factor. Thanks for the feedback.

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Old 07-19-2012, 04:02 PM   #2
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Well idk about A but laptop B has no dedicated gpu so is not suited for gaming at all. Im guessing the first has an integrated gpu aswell.
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:13 PM   #3
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Well... I have a Lenovo Y570 (core i5 2410m and nvidia GT555m) and it flies through everything I throw at it without complaint. Comparing them, I'd get the core i7 one.
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:13 PM   #4
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In general, the Thinkpad's are better built than the Ideapad's. Whether the warranty matters is up to you.
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:25 PM   #5
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The graphics are integrated on the Thinkpad as well...would integrated graphics bottleneck an i7? I don't plan on doing major gaming on it, just mid-level games (Source games, indie games).
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:40 PM   #6
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The graphics are integrated on the Thinkpad as well...would integrated graphics bottleneck an i7? I don't plan on doing major gaming on it, just mid-level games (Source games, indie games).
Decide what's more important to you - a laptop that can survive the rigours of four years of college, or the ability to game.

FWIW, Intel graphics drivers are atrocious, so don't get your hopes up about being able to game on them.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:02 PM   #7
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I would think the college could give you suggestions for the kind of machine they would consider most appropriate for your course work.
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