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2011/12/15 13:02:29
Help Choosing a Computer Thanks Berty!
Went with an i7!
2011/12/14 19:31:57
Help Choosing a Computer Thanks for your responses. It seems in my price range there is a choice, either an i5 running at 2.4 GHz plus a turbo booster that can hit 3.0, or an i7 running at 2.2 GHz with a turbo booster that can peak at 3.1

Which would be better? Muvizu says minimum of 2.4 GHz, but does the CPU compensate for that if its short? I've also seen a few laptops that have the same grade of NVIDIA graphics card, but is 2 GB instead of 1 GB. For all intents and purposes would Muvizu even need the 2GB?

If someone could offer guidance that would be great!

Model 1 (with 2GB video card) :

Model 2 (i5 with 2.4 GHz):

Model 3 (i7 with 2.2 Ghz)

Details about their specs are on the right-hand side embedded in a scroll box

Thank you so much for your help!
2011/12/14 3:14:58
Help Choosing a Computer Hi!
I am planning on purchasing a laptop with an intention of running Muvizu. I am not a gamer and need a laptop for work. The only other resource "heavy" program I would be using is an audio recording program, like Protools. I'm thinking of a price range around $750 US dollars. I'm not super savvy with what components are the most essential for performance. I know I need a 2.4 Ghz or better processor, i5 or i7, a dedicated graphics card and that's about it. Also, I know nothing about the AMD fusions, so if someone has a link to what would be comparable to an i5 with a dedicated graphics card that would be very helpful. So here's an example of a laptop I see in the price range:
Processor2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2430M processor 2.40 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.00 GHz

Operating SystemGenuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64-Bit, English

Memory36GB3 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz

Hard Drive640GB4 SATA hard drive (5400RPM)
Video CardNVIDIA® GeForce® GT 525M (128-bit) 1GB

In terms of running Muvizu:
1. Is it better to have an i7 and lower Ghz or an i5 with a higher GHz? I see i7's in my price range with a 2.2 GHz processor. Better than an i5 with a 2.4 GHz processor with the same video card in each scenario?

2. Is Turbo Boost 2.0 and things like that important and/or effective?

3. Are dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT 5XX powerful enough to run Muvizu smoothly without making sacrifices to the detail of the set?

4. Can you upgrade dedicated graphics cards in laptops (i.e. via pcmcia slot - I think that's what its called...the little credit card width slot on the side of laptops)?

5. Is there much practical difference between 2.4 Ghz or say 2.5 GHz?

If anyone wants to scout out some they think would fit the bill I wouldn't mind the least. I just don't want to spend more than I need on things that really have no real impact on performance. Buying a computer for performance is so difficult, its so much easier just picking one out that looks the prettiest. Thanks for your time and input, I really appreciate any advice or experience people have to share. I hope to join your creative ranks shortly after the holiday!
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