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$600 Budget student laptop (CS Major)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey guys!

 

So I just sold my old HP Folio 13-2000 because it was acting a little slow now and I find it clumsy for multitasking and programming. So now, I'm looking for a decent budget laptop around 600 or less. I already have a custom built desktop that has an RX 470 so I know that I won't need any gaming laptops as the integrated intel graphics will probably suit my needs.

 

My main question is i5-7200u vs i7-7500u. I'm looking at around $500 for the i5 and $600 for the i7 (buying refurb products here).

Should I be going for the i7? Or will the i5 be good enough for my multitasking and programming needs (Mostly heavy web browsing).

 

A couple laptops I found:

Acer Swift 3 i5-7200u (link) from Newegg

Dell Inspiron 13-5378 i7-7500u (link) from Newegg

 

If anyone has any other laptop suggestions, please post below.

 

Thanks!

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3 minutes ago, T_Brand said:

My main question is i5-7200u vs i7-7500u. I'm looking at around $500 for the i5 and $600 for the i7 (buying refurb products here).

Should I be going for the i7? Or will the i5 be good enough for my multitasking and programming needs (Mostly heavy web browsing).

look at the specs.

the i5 and i7 are only 200Mhz apart. in fact, a 7200U is equal to a 6500U.


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The i5 will be plenty. I think you picked some pretty good options as long as you don't mind refurbs. There are a couple really good options at $715, if you don't mind increasing the budget though. :P

 

Edit Link: https://www.amazon.com/Notebook-Computer-Quad-Core-i7-6700HQ-GeForce/dp/B01MR05UO2/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1503259691&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+950m+laptop

 

Actually the other one's price went up, so just one at $715. Proper quad core i7 and a dedicated GPU. 


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I think you should avoid acer. Go with dell or something. 

Do you use linux? Get a linux friendly laptop just in case. 


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4 hours ago, DaftBehemoth said:

The i5 will be plenty. I think you picked some pretty good options as long as you don't mind refurbs. There are a couple really good options at $715, if you don't mind increasing the budget though. :P

 

Edit Link: https://www.amazon.com/Notebook-Computer-Quad-Core-i7-6700HQ-GeForce/dp/B01MR05UO2/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1503259691&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+950m+laptop

 

Actually the other one's price went up, so just one at $715. Proper quad core i7 and a dedicated GPU. 

That laptop looks like a really good buy! However I don't believe I need that extra horsepower since I won't do gaming on it. I need something on the lighter side that can get me a full days work w/ a single charge and also have moderate power. Any other recommendations?

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4 hours ago, mrchow19910319 said:

I think you should avoid acer. Go with dell or something. 

Do you use linux? Get a linux friendly laptop just in case. 

My older brother had a cheap Acer laptop back in 2009 and that one served him a solid 4 years. If acer isn;t the option, is an i7-7500u Dell for $600 a better buy than the same Dell but with an i5-7200u at $510?

 

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The Core i5 will be more than plenty for your tasks.


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http://www.microcenter.com/product/481303/Aspire_5_A515-51G-52R1_156

The Acer Aspire 5, which is just released this year with the new Nvidia MX 150 GPU (which essentially is a GT 1030) and i5-7200U, just at $600


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- LG V20 (H990DS): Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (ARM-based), Adreno 530, 4GB LPDDR4, 64GB eMMC UFS 2.0 + 64GB SanDisk Extreme UHS-1 U3 V30 MicroSD, 5.7" IPS LCD 1440p + 2.1" 160x1040, Android 7.0 (LG UX 5.0)

 

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- Lenovo IdeaPad Y400: Intel Core i7-3630QM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI, 16GB DDR3-1600, 120GB Kingston mS200 mSATA SSD + 1TB HGST Travelstar 7K1000 7200rpm 2.5" HDD, 14" 768p, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit + Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit [retired]

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5 hours ago, T_Brand said:

i7-7500u Dell for $600 a better buy than the same Dell but with an i5-7200u at $510?

I have no idea... sorry. Consult others on this forum xD

 


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22 hours ago, T_Brand said:

is an i7-7500u Dell for $600 a better buy than the same Dell but with an i5-7200u at $510?

As an additional info, if you're talking about i5-7200U vs i7-7500U, they offer the same number of cores and threads (2 cores and 4 threads). These 2 only have 1MB L3 Cache difference, 200MHz difference in base clock speed (2.50GHz vs 2.70GHz) and 400MHz clock speed difference in Turbo Frequency mode (3.10GHz vs 3.50GHz). With this being said, the i7 U would then offer no noticeable difference over the i5 U in terms performance for your heavy multitasking and programming needs (unless if you do benchmarks, then it'll show some difference but not significant) which is why in my opinion, it's not worth the $90 difference. However, if you're comparing against the Quad-core versions, then you'll see some noticeable difference because the number of threads is different.

 


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- HP Elite x2 1012 G2: Intel Core i7-7600U, Intel HD Graphics 620 + Aorus Gaming Box GTX 1080 eGPU, 16GB LPDDR3-1867, 256GB Toshiba NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD + 128GB Toshiba Exceria UHS-1 U3 MicroSD, 12.3" 2736x1824 + HP Pavilion 22cwa Monitor 21.5" 1080p IPS, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

- LG V20 (H990DS): Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (ARM-based), Adreno 530, 4GB LPDDR4, 64GB eMMC UFS 2.0 + 64GB SanDisk Extreme UHS-1 U3 V30 MicroSD, 5.7" IPS LCD 1440p + 2.1" 160x1040, Android 7.0 (LG UX 5.0)

 

Other devices:

- Lenovo IdeaPad Y400: Intel Core i7-3630QM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI, 16GB DDR3-1600, 120GB Kingston mS200 mSATA SSD + 1TB HGST Travelstar 7K1000 7200rpm 2.5" HDD, 14" 768p, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit + Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit [retired]

- Dell Venue 11 Pro (7139): Intel Core i5-4300Y, Intel HD Graphics 4200, 8GB LPDDR3-1600, 256GB SanDisk X110 M.2 2260 SATA3 SSD, 10.8" 1080p IPS, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit + Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit [retired]

- Acer Iconia W4: Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics, 2GB DDR3L-1033, 64GB Samsung MCG8GC eMMC, 8" IPS WXGA (1280x800), Windows 10 Home 32-bit

- Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML: Intel Atom Z3580 (x86-based), PowerVR G6430, 4GB LPDDR3, 64GB eMMC, 5.5" IPS LCD 1080p, Android 6.0.1 (Asus ZenUI)

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