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    Default Need help choosing a laptop.

    I wasn't really sure where to post this but I need some help with choosing a new laptop. My budget isn't that big & I've narrowed it down to two. One has a 6th gen i5 processor & 2.3ghz speed & 128gb ssd. The other has a 7th gen i5 processor 2.5ghz & 1TB HDD. They're pretty much the same price. I don't know whether to go for the ssd or HDD. Is the 7th gen a lot faster than the 6th gen i5? I also have a 2TB external hard drive so have been keeping that in mind while trying to choose. Any help would be appreciated.
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    You forgot to say what you plan to do with it.
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    Are they both dual core, or quad core?

    You should really just look at the benchmarks. Saying that, there won't be a huge amount of difference if they both have the same number of cores. SSDs are light years a head of traditional hard drives, so you should always go for an SSD if storage isn't a priority. You could always buy the one with the better CPU and upgrade to an SSD.. or just find the same laptop that ships with an SSD.
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    If you're getting it with Windows 10 then I would get a SSD if you can. I picked up an Acer Swift 3 a few weeks ago for about $600. 256 SSD, Intel i5 (7th gen) with 8 GB of RAN. Absolutely love it.
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    I won't be using it for Photoshop or video editing or gaming. It will mostly be word processing, surfing the web & music. I'm sure I should get away with an i3 & 4gb of ram but I'd like something better.
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    Oh & they're both dual core.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ny246 View Post
    I won't be using it for Photoshop or video editing or gaming. It will mostly be word processing, surfing the web & music. I'm sure I should get away with an i3 & 4gb of ram but I'd like something better.
    You can honestly get a tablet that'll do what you mentioned. Being that you just want to do what's listed above, either laptop specification you provided could do such. You are going to do the most basic tasks. The laptops specs you mentioned could do all three with no problem. I think most if not any laptop on the market could do word processing, web capabilities and music..
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    I don't want a tablet though. I'm replacing my almost 8 year years old & painfully slow Windows 7 machine. I've gone for the ssd now anyway.
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    Just get the 7th gen i5 and just upgrade the hard drive to a 500 GB or higher SSD when you can afford to.
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    Once i swapped from HDD to SSD i felt the difference, it is at another level when comes to performance.

    Once you go SSD you can't go back.
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    Lenovo idea pad is the best laptop to buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raji96 View Post
    Lenovo idea pad is the best laptop to buy.
    It is a Lenovo ideapad I've gone with.
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    I would have recommended a thinkpad haha
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