This is my dilemma - I'm trying to decide on a laptop to buy. Money is an issue, so price plays a part in my choice. I've narrowed it down to 2 - the Asus U36SD-A1 and the Acer TimelineX AS3830. The Asus has an i5-2410m (2.3 ghz) cpu and a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M Graphics card. The Acer has an i3-2310m 2.3 ghz and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M with 1GB dedicated memory.
The Asus is $699.00 (Cad) and the Acer is $499 (both on sale). Both are thin and lights, with the Asus noticeably more so.
Anyway - this is my issue. I want something that can handle tasks like photoshop and such, so it has to be able to handle that sort of thing, but I suspect it won’t' be a issue for either. However, I like to play games from time to time, and while I know neither is a gaming rig, I think they should be ok with lowered setting. My question is this:
Would performance in gaming (Fallout 3, Call of Duty, etc) be better on the i5 with the lower quality gpu (gt 520m) or the i3 with the better quality gpu (gt 540m).
What's more important at this level - the cpu or gpu?
Thanks for your opinions and info.