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Suggestions on buying new laptop

 
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Hi all,

I am planning to buy a new laptop. After some amount of research, planning to go with DELL/Sony. Now I have some confusion whether to go for i3 processor or i5 processor. Does it make a huge difference between these? I am planning to use the laptop mainly for programming and development purposes and occasionally for gaming (but not very high end games). I doubt if i3 can handle some resource intensive processes like websphere etc., But I understand some machines still running core 2 duo processors for this type of applications. Still wanted to be very sure before buying i3, because there is some fair difference between i3 and i5.

Also can you people please share your personal experience or your friend's experience regarding the brand (DELL/Sony) taking into account service, price etc.,

Thanks in advance
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I am not using a laptop with i3/i5. So, I couldn't comment on that.
I have a Dell laptop from Jan 2008. I have used it for high end games continuously for hours and still I didn't face much issues. Even after more than 2 years of usage, mine is working perfectly fine and didn't have to call the Service centre guys.

Also, wait for comments from people using SONY too.
 
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I also have a Dell with Core2Duo, works fine for most of my development. I bought it in Nov 2008 and I've had no problem so far. I use it almost for the whole day 6 days a week and it runs smoothly. I read an article of i3 and i5 and there is some L3 Cache difference between them, and some Turbo Boost technology or something. Not really sure though, still I think i3 should be able to handle everything smoothly...
 
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As these i3 / i5 / i7 processors are relatively new and in theory they should be better than the Core 2 Duo. I have a Lenovo R61 since 2 years and since the last year I have never shut it down. It simply ran for 365 days and still running. I never had any kind of problems with it. My 2 year old daughter often sits on it (with the lid closed) and it is rock solid.
 
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The big difference between the i3 and i5 is that the i3 does not have the Turbo Boost feature and the i5 does. Other than that, they are both basically dual core processors.
 
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Muthukrishnan Manoharan wrote:... i3 processor or i5 processor. Does it make a huge difference between these? I am planning to use the laptop mainly for programming and development purposes and occasionally for gaming (but not very high end games).


I don't think there will be a huge and noticeable difference between these two processors for those purposes.

Muthukrishnan Manoharan wrote:I doubt if i3 can handle some resource intensive processes like websphere etc., But I understand some machines still running core 2 duo processors for this type of applications.


Ofcourse the i3 can handle that, and ofcourse Core 2 Duo processors and even older processors are more than capable for that too. This is a strange way of thinking: as if older processors are suddenly totally unsuitable and useless because a new model is out??? The majority of today's computers are not running Core i3 / i5 / i7 processors. You write "... some machines still running core 2 duo processors ..." as if Core 2 Duo processors are hopelessly out-of-date and unusable. That's not the case.

Muthukrishnan Manoharan wrote:Also can you people please share your personal experience or your friend's experience regarding the brand (DELL/Sony) taking into account service, price etc.


In my opinion, Sony laptops are in general more expensive than laptops from other brands. At Sony they also tend to use their own, proprietary stuff instead of using more standard hardware, which sometimes means compatibility problems (which can be a real problem if you want to run for example Linux). They do often have nice designs.
 
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I have a Dell Inspiron Laptop with i5 processor and 4GB RAM.I run Mysql,eclipse,tomcat simultaneously and i did not face any problems..
 
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Jothi Shankar Kumar wrote:I have a Lenovo R61 since 2 years and since the last year I have never shut it down. It simply ran for 365 days and still running.


What do you do with it 24/7?? Are you hosting sites from it
 
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Jothi Shankar Kumar wrote:As these i3 / i5 / i7 processors are relatively new and in theory they should be better than the Core 2 Duo. I have a Lenovo R61 since 2 years and since the last year I have never shut it down. It simply ran for 365 days and still running. I never had any kind of problems with it. My 2 year old daughter often sits on it (with the lid closed) and it is rock solid.



Any kind of development?
 
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