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I'm searching for a new laptop and budget means that I'm likely to have to choose either something with a Core i7 and 8GB memory or something with Core i5 and 12GB+ memory.

 

Which is going to serve me best for the next 5 years or so?

 

It will be used for basic photo and video editing, occaisional gaming (Football Manager) and the odd bit of home study. Of course surfing/email/iTunes etc too.

 

Cheers in advance.

 

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I'm searching for a new laptop and budget means that I'm likely to have to choose either something with a Core i7 and 8GB memory or something with Core i5 and 12GB+ memory.

 

Which is going to serve me best for the next 5 years or so?

 

It will be used for basic photo and video editing, occaisional gaming (Football Manager) and the odd bit of home study. Of course surfing/email/iTunes etc too.

 

Cheers in advance.

 

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Which model of each processor? Some i5s will out perform some i7s

 

Also need to see the rest of the spec on each laptop really

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Personally, I'd go with the higher processor spec. RAM is always easy to upgrade on a laptop, if you ever feel like needing to. 8gb should be fine for most tasks though.

 

Performance wise, you'll notice the best boost with a good SSD hard drive. The other two have a combo of both, or a hybird SShd. Basically on the SSHD drives, there is a small portion of ''Solid State'' which cache frequently used applications etc, so loading times are quicker - but it's not true SSD.

 

With my laptop, I got one with a pure SSD and then bought an external HDD for 50 quid to increase my storage.

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There's no way you're going to need more than 8GB of RAM on a laptop. Processor, chassis, screen and keyboard are the most important things when buying a laptop, everything else is easily upgradable. If you decide you want a touchscreen one, that'll add £50-100. If battery life is important, factor that in when you're searching/reading reviews; if it's going to spend most of the time plugged in, it's not such an important factor.

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