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Old 06-18-2013, 10:11 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the great response! I would love to get a Mac, but WAY too much$$$$ so a PC it is. As for windows8, I heard all the pissing and moaning about it but like someone said, you can still use win7 on it.

I'm leaning towards AMD but I'm confused as to whether to get a dual or quad core, the quad having a lower speed(hz or whatever) per $. I've heard that for gaming the dual is better. I'm not much of a gamer but web surfing and light to medium gaming is about all I do on a computer at home.

So waddaya think, dual or quad?

















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Old 06-19-2013, 07:35 AM   #17
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Thanks for all the great response! I would love to get a Mac, but WAY too much$$$$ so a PC it is. As for windows8, I heard all the pissing and moaning about it but like someone said, you can still use win7 on it.

I'm leaning towards AMD but I'm confused as to whether to get a dual or quad core, the quad having a lower speed(hz or whatever) per $. I've heard that for gaming the dual is better. I'm not much of a gamer but web surfing and light to medium gaming is about all I do on a computer at home.

So waddaya think, dual or quad?
From Toshiba concerning the quad core.


These APU's will clock themselves down or boost themselves up based on usage. So this model will run at 3.2GHz if the usage requires it. If usage doesn't require high speed to provide an excellent user experience then the speed will be scaled back to conserve power and extend battery life. It's all about intelligently maximizing efficiency, performance and battery life.

You can see more detailed specs for this model here: http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/cont...855D-S5148.pdf
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:44 AM   #18
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:51 AM   #19
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Dell outlet in about 2 weeks, they blow out their refurbished stock around July 4th and you'll get amazing deals. And they have a full warranty.

http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/22/c...=us&l=en&s=dfh
I bought three very high end CAD laptops there and was never disappointed. If you don't mind less than perfect plastic or maybe buying a return they do have very good prices for the high end stuff. For low end stuff you can do just as well watching for a sale at a big box store. But it is hard to beat their prices for the good stuff.

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.....So waddaya think, dual or quad?
For 99% of what I do, which includes processing massive amounts of GPS data and extensive CAD work, it makes no meaningful difference. Our old dual core computers take about 0.01 seconds longer than our current quad core computers to crunch a batch of GPS data. I have no idea about gaming. The last thing I want to do with my free time is look at a computer.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:20 AM   #20
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Thanks for all the great response! I would love to get a Mac, but WAY too much$$$$ so a PC it is. As for windows8, I heard all the pissing and moaning about it but like someone said, you can still use win7 on it.

I'm leaning towards AMD but I'm confused as to whether to get a dual or quad core, the quad having a lower speed(hz or whatever) per $. I've heard that for gaming the dual is better. I'm not much of a gamer but web surfing and light to medium gaming is about all I do on a computer at home.

So waddaya think, dual or quad?

















All depends on which quad VS dual, can you post some model numbers? Or a link to the ones you're looking at?
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:14 PM   #21
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:52 PM   #22
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I'm comparing graphics cards; It's my understanding that the AMD/radeon cards, such as the AMD Radeon HD 7420G, are better for gaming than the Intel HD4000 graphics card. Some of the AMD cards have discreet(?) graphics cards.
I don't really have any specific CPU in mind it's just that on laptops with similar prices, tha duals are 2+Ghz and the quads are less than 2Ghz....1.7 or so.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:11 AM   #23
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And there's this :)

http://shopping.yahoo.com/blogs/digi...200929676.html
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and did bear a son, Notgatt. And Notgatt roamed naked,
and did bequeath his skin to the roads. And he was a wild ass and an outcast,
and was hated through all the land. And his forehead was branded, and he did be
come a sign and a warning to all the people."
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:33 AM   #24
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That is what I was trying to say earlier. Right now a sale item at a big box store will get you a hell of a lot of laptop for $500 or less. At my company we quit buying laptops through Dell, though our desktops still go the corporate route, because we can do just as well walking into our nearest big box. The last three I bought for the company were HH Gregg and Best Buy sale items.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:03 AM   #25
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Do not get a laptop with Windows 8.
Windows 8 also crashed my current PC. I had to do a disk restore.

WTH is it with Windows 8?
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:07 PM   #26
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Just picked my son up a ASUS Refub from Newegg.

It's an AMD A8, 500g hd, readon 7420g, windows 8.

It runs minecraft like a champ, and it should be capable of running AutoCAD.

They must have put a whole new case around it, because I can't find any marks, scratches or otherwise on the thing.

Pretty happy so far, even with the learning curve of W8.
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and did bear a son, Notgatt. And Notgatt roamed naked,
and did bequeath his skin to the roads. And he was a wild ass and an outcast,
and was hated through all the land. And his forehead was branded, and he did be
come a sign and a warning to all the people."
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