I've come across a tough decision. I started researching the market of notebooks/laptops, because I need one until next month( I'm starting college).
My sum is around 850$(more or less). After an awful lot of search and comparison, and basically learning the performances of components, I narrowed my choices to 2 laptops(both 17 inch and 750Gb):
*i7-3610QM@ 2.3ghz- max 3.3ghz(4 cores/ 8 threads)
*4 GB of RAM
*Nvidia GT630M 2GB
*i5-3210M@ 2.5ghz- max 3.1ghz (2 cores/ 4 threads)
*6 GB of RAM
*Nvidia GT650M 2GB
Both have pros and cons, let me mention them:
++Extremely good processor
+Good esthetics, build quality, no fingerprints and dust collection
+Well, it's Asus
-+ only 4GB of RAM (not a problem, can be upgraded later)
-+ more expensive, cancels possible SSD upgrade
-GT630M is almost half as powerful as GT650M
++Very good graphics (GT650M)
+6gb of RAM
+less expensive, can afford an SSD upgrade
-+ doubtful build quality, glossy finish: magnet for scratches, dust and finger prints
-i5-3210M is almost half as powerful as i7-3610QM( fun fact: they both exceed my current desktop CPU in terms of performance)
There's actually a laptop that solves the problems of both of the above(i7, 3610QM@ 2.3GHz, 8GB, 1TB, GeForce GT 650M 2GB). It's an Acer that still has the glossy finish problem, that wouldn't matter at how powerful it is. But, it costs... 1030$. Of course, SSD upgrade is a dream.
So I want your help on this tough decision.
a) sacrifice graphic performance but enjoy very powerful computing performance and good build quality, thus purchasing the ASUS?
b) sacrifice computing performance but enjoy decent graphic performance and the possibility of an SSD upgrade, thus purchasing the Acer?
c) sacrifice my budget, good understanding with family, being a total dick, not having anything to eat for half a month, be enslaved by thoughts of guilt, and enjoying both good computing performance and graphics, thus purchasing the HIGHLY OPTIONAL Acer one?
The new laptop will basically be a desktop replacement, and I'll have to stick by it at least 4 years(college). That means stuff like browsing, multimedia, gaming, mapping, compiling, editing programs.