Sorry if questions like this aren't for this forum, i just noticed some others so thought i would post.
Well i am going into final year of a HND Games Programming course, and onto the degree top up.
I want a laptop that can deal with Xna, Silverlight, Visual Studio, C++, C#, Java etc.
Now i have so far narrowed it down to two that are in my budget and there is a difference between them i cant tell which is better for programming than the other. However one is £50 more than the other at the "base" price.
Both are 15.6" screen size as i don't want any bigger or smaller and with Windows Home Premium.
Toshiba Satellite P750
Intel i3 2.3GHz
GeForce GT 540M (2GB Graphics Memory)
640GB Hard Drive
Dell XPS 15
Intel i5 2.5Ghz
GeForce GT 525M(1GB Graphics Memory)
500GB Hard Drive
Basically is the Differences between the i3 and the i5 laptop processors enough to go for the XPS even when it has less Ram, a lower Graphics card and less Hard drive space?
As the XPS is already £50 more than the Toshiba, and upgrading the system with anything to get it closer to the toshiba in the ram, graphics or hard drive department puts it over £700 and my budget which ideally is only £600 to begin with, I would rather go with the Toshiba if the difference between processors is minor.
I am guessing for lower level games programming both of these are maybe overkill, but i want it to be futureproof for the next 2/3 or more years, so spending more now to save upgrading later.