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atherakber 37 18 May 2, 2016 at 04:19 AM
hey everyone, im looking to get a new laptop, my budget is around 500$, any input on what to get? is shared gfx preferred or a dedicated gfx? should I get the i5 or i7, thanks

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Can you give us some more detail?
What are you going to do with the machine?
What size do you prefer?
Not sure what your question about the graphics is.

For $500 your probably going to have a very hard time finding dedicated graphics and an i7. We need more info to help you further.
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hey thanks for the reply, my main use is visual Studio and android studio amd some php programming mostly, i just play cod:mw2 sometimes but i gather if my current samsung with amd a6 can run it, a newer one would aswell...my current laptop is a 17.2" which i bought from Afghanistan while i was deployed... I've been reading that for my use an i5 with dedicated gfx should be enough, but I'd like to hear some experts from here first to jump in
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hey thanks for the reply, my main use is visual Studio and android studio amd some php programming mostly, i just play cod:mw2 sometimes but i gather if my current samsung with amd a6 can run it, a newer one would aswell...my current laptop is a 17.2" which i bought from Afghanistan while i was deployed... I've been reading that for my use an i5 with dedicated gfx should be enough, but I'd like to hear some experts from here first to jump in

If you are a programmer, then you need a reasonably fast machine with lots of memory as MS VS is a pig. Min 16 GB imo, more if you have SQL Server running on it as well. As for processor, a good i5 will be fine though an i7 is obviously better but probably not worth the added cost. As for graphics, any mid range graphics will do imo. My 2 cents.
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You're budget is makes it a bit tough, closer to $600 is more do able. Dell outlet had some good deals with coupon last week (35% off), but most would still have come out > $500. Next round of Dell Outlet coupons is likely in a few weeks, sign up for emails here:
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Integrated Intel HD graphics will likely be fine. I would avoid laptops with a low screen resolution.
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thanks, I wouldn't say hardcore programming, seldom maybe, I'll subscribe for the deal ty
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Dell Inspiron 14 5448 Laptop - Core i5 2.2GHz 4GB 500GB 4GB Win8.1 14inch Red

how's this people? 4gb dedicated gfx
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Dell Inspiron 14 5448 Laptop - Core i5 2.2GHz 4GB 500GB 4GB Win8.1 14inch Red

how's this people? 4gb dedicated gfx
I highly recommend getting a solid state drive.
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I highly recommend getting a solid state drive.
But that's an easy after market upgrade.
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But that's an easy after market upgrade
Yup. However it gets installed - I highly recommend it.
Do it yourself if possibly cause its much cheaper and you get an extra HDD out of it.
That Inspiron 14 doesn't look bad but has a less powerful i5 chip, very energy efficient though.

btw, the memory in the graphics card does help but doesn't determine what the card will handle at all. Check out videocardbenchmark.net and you can see how it compares.
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how's this people?
Hard to advise without knowing the price. Better and broader dell outlet coupons are likely near the end of the month.

This is currently FP: https://slickdeals.net/f/8713739-lenovo-ideapad-500-i7-6500u-15-6-1080p-8gb-ddr3-1tb-hdd-r7-m360-win-10-550-free-shipping
$550 i7 6500u 1080p 8gb R7 M360 graphics*
Note: these graphics are actually worse than what's built in to the i7.
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Yup. However it gets installed - I highly recommend it.
Do it yourself if possibly cause its much cheaper and you get an extra HDD out of it.
That Inspiron 14 doesn't look bad but has a less powerful i5 chip, very energy efficient though.

btw, the memory in the graphics card does help but doesn't determine what the card will handle at all. Check out videocardbenchmark.net and you can see how it compares.

It is as easy as it gets to install an SSD unless you are completely computer\technology hostile. And most of the major vendors like Samsung give you software that makes transferring\cloning your main disk over a snap. Buying an SSD (or any other add on for that matter) from the desktop\laptop vendor is almost always going to be more expensive than buying and installing it yourself.
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It is as easy as it gets to install an SSD unless you are completely computer\technology hostile. And most of the major vendors like Samsung give you software that makes transferring\cloning your main disk over a snap. Buying an SSD (or any other add on for that matter) from the desktop\laptop vendor is almost always going to be more expensive than buying and installing it yourself.
I understand. But for someone who doesn't know what their doing with hardware, a few hours of troubleshooting and changing out hdds and making sure your laptop still boots might not be worth the $50 saved.

Based on OP's question, I would guess that he doesn't already know how to do this. If he does, great. Or if he cares to try it out, that's great too.

Would you not recommend a ssd if the user doesn't install it themselves?

Personally, I wouldn't recommend anyone get a computer with a hdd as the boot drive anymore. SSD's are cheap and blow them out of the water. Even if your paying vendor upgrade price, it is worth it.
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yes i do know my way around the computers, i don't wanna pay the vendor extra for the ssd, I'll get a laptop with an hdd, wait for a slick deal for ssd and switch it, use the hdd as external or in tje media server
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yes i do know my way around the computers, i don't wanna pay the vendor extra for the ssd, I'll get a laptop with an hdd, wait for a slick deal for ssd and switch it, use the hdd as external or in tje media server
Limit your self to good SSD brands: Samsung, Intel, and Crucial.
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