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Please help! Which to choose????

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ziggynerja, Jan 8, 2011.

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  1. ziggynerja

    ziggynerja Thread Starter

    Nov 11, 2009
    Hello all,

    I'm planning on buying a new low/mid priced laptop and I'm stuck between two laptops...was hoping tomshardware can point me in the right direction!

    Ill be using the laptop for light Photoshop/Illustrator/Dreamweaver work and light gaming. Was hoping to be able to play COD:Black ops on low settings, but thats a bonus.

    I do have a powerful desktop, but i still need a laptop because I'm moving around alot.

    Here they are...

    Acer Aspire
    Intel® Core™ i3-370M processor (2.4GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
    3 GB RAM
    320 GB HDD (5400 Rpm)
    Screen:15.6" HD Acer CineCrystal™ LED LCD
    Optical Drive: DVD-Super Multi DL drive
    Around £380 NEW

    Sony VAIO
    Intel Core i3-330M Processor (2.13GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
    500GB HDD (5400 Rpm)
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 Graphics
    Screen:15.5 VAIO
    Around £480 - £500 USED(good condition, so shouldn't be an issue)

    Now i understand the acer will not be able to play black ops with that intergrated gfx. Is the Sony worth the extra ££..

    If you have any recommendations for other laptops, please let me know :p thought I'm looking to keep it below £500..

    Thanks! :)
  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    not a lot of difference between CPUs on this site

    do you know if the sony has 32 or 64 bit software loaded - if 32bit then you will only see about 3.2gb of memory anyway

    theres a couple of I5s at Staples for over the £500 - keep an eye open at your local store - I have seen these type of machines drop by £150 over a few weeks and often as they get low on stock and if the availability from the central stores is NONE - they start to put these onto a discount and manager special
    HP Pavillion DV6-3140SA Laptop

    HP Pavillion DM4-1150EA Laptop has dedicated graphics as well

    i have had about 4 laptops out of staples on very good deals over the last few years
  3. ziggynerja

    ziggynerja Thread Starter

    Nov 11, 2009
    Thanks for the reply :)

    Its had 64bit loaded...

    I'm currently living in Spain and..well... the highest spec laptop you'll see here will be spec'd with an Intel Pentium, 1gb of ram for around £800 :p So i prefer to stick with amazon.co.uk..

    Those HPs are very nice, heard good things about that DV6. Unfortunatly they are a bit over what i was looking to spend :(

    Well I think if i was to even play black ops on that Sony, its going to be painful :p I dout ill find a laptop able to play it AND be able to do webdesign on at this price range :p...

    I guess the Acer is the one to go for being £100 cheaper...

    but dam.. i love the look of those Sony laptops grr :p
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