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    Laptop purchase assistance please

    Hi all.

    I would appreciate any assitance possible pls. (Not specifically looking for someone to recommend a product just at this stage, just whether I have my facts correct and whether my price range is plausible).

    I am after a new laptop and I would say my top 3 requirements are:
    1) Quiet
    2) Dedicated graphics card
    3) Good battery life.

    Essentially, after a few years with a DTR i would like a relatively quite machine as opposed to my DTR which sounded like it was about to take off!, and I do not want to compromise on stuttering/buffering videos etc. I dont play many games (i.e. just football manager occassionally) but I want it to be pain-free.

    I was reading that core i3s are better than the AMD Athlon IIs, but all i3s have integrated graphics cards....Does this mean i need a core i5? I dont really want to spend more than £600.

    Also, I was only looking at Vaios but should I broaden my horizons to other manufactures?

    Thanks!!

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    from what i recall all the intel core range come with intergrated graphics built in to the chip and its then upto each manufacturer if they want to then add a dedicated graphics chip on the motherboard aswell.

    Yes, quite right, you can get i3's with dedicated graphics card, but all the new intel i chips have onboard graphics cards. I have a Samsung R580 with an i3 with a dedicated graphics card and its very quiet. Course, it might not be as quiet if it were running at full tilt.
    As for battery life I found that the new intel i3/5/7's seem to have worse battery life than the old dual core chips. That may have changed in the last year since I made my purchase.

    Original Poster

    Hmm. Still struggling to find something sleek, powerful and good battery. Anyone know anything about the Samsung SF310?

    Are i5s noisey doing relatively simple things does anyone know?
    THanks

    Original Poster

    I think you misunderstood. Im referring to fan noises etc with light and heavy CPU usage? Thanks

    Original Poster

    ...i give up!
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