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    Default Christmas Laptop 2017!

    Paging AudiInProgress!!!!!

    I need something more specific, this time. This would normally be in desktops, but we want lappy. It's going to run a complex simulation software that declares certain minimum requirements:
    Intel Core i5 @ 2.5GHz or faster, 8GB of RAM and 150GB of free hard disk space.

    A bunch of the i5's appear to run less than 2.5GHz but have some turbo mode, thing that exceeds 2.5... I don't think this is good enough. Thoughts? How can I fitter the i5's to the minimum one I need? It, should I just buy i7?

    Other needs are Windows in 64 bit and the ability to connect to dual monitors for when it's used as a desktop (and perhaps an external keyboard).

    The software cost is way, WAY more than the computers (we want two) so I'm not overly concerned about budget but don't want to flush money down the toilet. Reliability is crucial.

    It's "for business" but that doesn't mean that a consumer grade or gaming laptop aren't going to work. Which way should I lean?

    Thanks in advance!!

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    I can get you a couple of Toshiba business laptops for cheap. They're roughly 2-3 years old, but have wicked specs. They're technically "ultrabooks" so very light and thin. No DVD-drive. But most laptops don't come with disc drives anymore. I can get you an external if you need.

    Intel Core i7-4600 (4th Gen) @ 2.1GHz / 3.3GHz
    15.6" Screen, 1920x1080 HD Display Panel
    16GB DDR3L, Low Voltage
    1GB GeForce GT730M,
    500GB HDD,
    USB 3.0
    Bluetooth 4.0
    HDMI and VGA output for external screens


    Don't worry too much about clock speeds. And honestly, i5 would be fine in most cases. If you're doing something demanding, the CPU will ramp up to it's turbo speed. It just has a down-clocked speed to keep power/battery life good and temperatures down when you're watching Netflix/porn or working on Word documents.

    My price is $600, and I can get you an extended warranty for another $60 - if you're so inclined.

    If you're buying two, I might be able to get you a discount.


    And if that price is too steep, I can offer the Core i5 version, with 14" screen, and 8GB of ram... for about $100 cheaper.
    Quote Originally Posted by LOLJDM View Post
    Rob with an awesome post as always.

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    do you know if the dosplay is IPS display? I'm looking for a new laptop for photo editing so screen is important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AudiInProgress View Post
    I can get you a couple of Toshiba business laptops for cheap. They're roughly 2-3 years old, but have wicked specs. They're technically "ultrabooks" so very light and thin. No DVD-drive. But most laptops don't come with disc drives anymore. I can get you an external if you need.

    Intel Core i7-4600 (4th Gen) @ 2.1GHz / 3.3GHz
    15.6" Screen, 1920x1080 HD Display Panel
    16GB DDR3L, Low Voltage
    1GB GeForce GT730M,
    500GB HDD,
    USB 3.0
    Bluetooth 4.0
    HDMI and VGA output for external screens


    Don't worry too much about clock speeds. And honestly, i5 would be fine in most cases. If you're doing something demanding, the CPU will ramp up to it's turbo speed. It just has a down-clocked speed to keep power/battery life good and temperatures down when you're watching Netflix/porn or working on Word documents.

    My price is $600, and I can get you an extended warranty for another $60 - if you're so inclined.

    If you're buying two, I might be able to get you a discount.


    And if that price is too steep, I can offer the Core i5 version, with 14" screen, and 8GB of ram... for about $100 cheaper.
    I will keep that in mind, and thank you for your help!
    So, it sounds like the higher speed thing can significantly help us save money, which is good to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Refresh View Post
    do you know if the dosplay is IPS display? I'm looking for a new laptop for photo editing so screen is important.
    Yes. As far as I am aware (I looked it up) the display panel is IPS.
    Quote Originally Posted by LOLJDM View Post
    Rob with an awesome post as always.

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