I wanna buy a new laptop. The main usage will be:-running Virtual machines, at least two at at time, Programming and testing, and other network related research work. I am all confused and may be somebody can help me out here.
I was thinking of either Dell or Vaio. Dell is offering 3rd gen i7 processor, 3612QM, 8 GB RAM with a nvidia 540 M 2GB video card for 1000$. Sam laptop but with 2nd gen processor i7 (2.40 ghz) is available under XPS series for 1400$. Sony Vaio offers same configuration with Nvidia 640 LE 2 GB card for 1500$. Rest config is okay for me in any of the three systems.
What is this fuzz about the 3rd gen processors?
How can I decide if I need it or not. Also, can anybody tell me why inspiron series has better config than XPS that too under lower price?