need laptop cpu choice advice from fellow SDer's NEED HELP,BEEN OFF THE GRID!
Been out living off the grid for the past year or so, but had a small system repair biz before I went out ranching.
My fellow SD'ers haven't let me down in over 6 years, especially in the tech fourm.
So I just finished havest, & a family member asked me to pick a new laptop for them.
What are the comparable AMD CPU's to Intel's Moble i5 processor (in terms of performance)? Does intel still have the cpu edge with these i-core processors that they held with the core 2 duo's?
Is windows 7 better than vista or xp?
Sorry to ask these noob questions. I feel that I must justify (if only for myself) my tech ignorance. I was given a HP laptop with a intel T5600 running vista with only a gig of ram. Before I hit the hills I never switched over to vista, Like so many of us, I stuck with XP.
Well now M$ doesnt support XP, & this vista sytem is a bit slugish. From the system only having 1 gig of ram, correct? Is vista going to drive me nuts? Im assuming I need more ram B/C my main system before I went off the Grid had 4GB ram. Will Win 7 run fast enough as an OS on a T5600 CPU @ 1.83x2 Ghz with 2Mb L2 cache?
I just got out of the hills and this is one of the 1st sites I hit, thats gotta say something about SD, anyway TIA
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vista (or seven) with 1gb ain't enough. upgrade to at least 2gb. i run vista with 2gb on dual core and it's just fine.
yes, intel still has edge in performance.. you've just gone off to the farm, not to the 'other side' they don't necessarily have an edge in performance per dollar, though.
winxp updates won't end until 2014 (!) but a few newer programs (not just from microsoft either) may not support the ancient os. there's no reason to dump xp at this point in time unless you *need* to.
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The T5600 is still a very good CPU. Some more memory will help. A lot of the slowness may be due to the massive amount of crapware HP along with other manufacturers put on their machines. You may wish to remove any programs you're not using. If you can do a clean install that's be even better, but you'd need an install disc to do it. Vista with service pack two runs quite well. I use it on my tablet.
The other performance issue with laptops is they often use slower 5400RPM hard drives. This, much more so than the CPU, is what makes laptops feel slower. A faster hard drive or SSD would speed things up quite a bit.
For typical notebook usage like Office, Internet and Mdeia, almost any dual core CPU will work, which is why the T5600 is still very good. Those things don't really push the CPU enough to where you'd notice a difference. Now if you're going code Blu-rays all day, then sure, get the best. If you were coding Blu-rays all day, you'd get a desktop. My X200t feels no faster than my R60 for general usage, though it is three generations ahead CPU wise. The hard drive speed is often overlooked and is more correlated to whether your system feels snappy than the CPU. If you're looking for value, I'd say hit the Outlets. Dell, Lenovo, HP all have them and returned machine usually costs less than a new one. Plus buying from the manufacturer outlet usually gets you the full warranty.
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