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Old 01-30-2012, 08:57 AM
 
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I've narrowed my search for a laptop down to two. They're the same Toshiba Satellite frames, except one has a faster processor, the other has more RAM. After rebates, their prices are the same. My computer needs are basic - Internet, email, Word, a little Excel, iTunes downloads, the usual photos but no graphics editing, no heavy duty video games, no movie watching. I would appreciate any feedback from those who know what they're doing regarding which one you would buy.

Laptop A has an Intel i5-2450M processor with 4MB RAM.
Laptop B (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i3+Processor+/+15.6%22+Display+/+6GB+Memory+/+640GB+Hard+Drive+-+Platinum/3438801.p?id=1218402123956&skuId=3438801&st=s5320& cp=1&lp=1 - broken link) has an Intel i3-2330M processor with 6MB RAM.

I'm sure many of you would make better choices other than either of these. Bottom line, I'm tired of looking and these will stretch my budget after I add required software. If you were forced to choose from these two, which would you recommend? Thanks so much for your help.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Wasilla Alaska
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Go with the faster processor, it's easier and cheaper to add RAM later.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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I'd go with A:

With everything else being comparable, you'll have a faster processor. It doesn't sound like you really need more than 4 GB Ram, but if you do you can always add more (8 GB for that machine is less than $50 at lots of places).
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Upgrading RAM is cheap and easy. Upgrading processors is not.

I bought a 4gb Toshiba a couple of years ago. I booted it up, went through the initial Windoze stuff and made sure everything worked, then shut it down and installed 2x the RAM. Memory is so cheap these days, there's no reason not to add more.
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:52 PM
 
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Thank you for the responses, sounds good to me. I know you already figured it out, but that was obviously GB on the RAM, not MB!

Again, thanks for your help and advice! Time to spend some money.
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Old 01-30-2012, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Whittier
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Go with the faster processor, it's easier and cheaper to add RAM later.
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