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sneakyp
02-07-2012, 02:34 PM
Hey guys

I'm looking to invest in a laptop to use purely for organising my music and running Traktor Scratch Duo 2 off of.

I have quite a tight budget so am not necessarily after something super powerful, just so long as it will run the programme efficiently!

The minimum specs for Traktor are:

Windows XP (latest Service Pack, 32 Bit), Windows Vista/Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit),
Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64, 2 GB RAM

What do you think of this one?

Fujitsu AH530 i3 (http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Fujitsu_Lifebook_AH530_Core_i3_Windows_7_Laptop_VF Y_AH530MRSC2GB/version.asp)

I'm not a massive PC whizz - how much better are i3's than Core Duo's? Does processor speed matter as much with them? Even the high end systems don't seem to go above ~2.6Ghz.

Any thoughts appreciated!

silentsounds
02-07-2012, 02:53 PM
The processor seems to be close to the minimum requirements. It should work with that, but I'd probably invest in something that performs a little better.

Chay
02-07-2012, 11:18 PM
The processor seems to be close to the minimum requirements. It should work with that, but I'd probably invest in something that performs a little better.

This for sure, the extra piece of mind knowing that you might run something at the background and it might spike the CPU usage which might interrupt your software/sound.

l0ckd0wn
02-08-2012, 12:57 AM
I would spend ~80-100 more and get this:

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Lenovo_G570_Windows_7_Laptop__M517AUK/version.asp

Better brand, better proc, but it is not a full hi-def screen, not that it really matters - same as the other.

Basically the same laptop as the other one but better brand and processor.

sneakyp
02-08-2012, 02:59 AM
Thanks for the replies guys

What I'm struggling with is that even the i5 you just recommended clocks in at 2.4Ghz...

In terms of speed does it go: Pentium 4 > Core Duo > i3 > i5 > i7 ?

The i3 is therefore above the minimum spec?

Nicadraus
02-08-2012, 03:05 AM
The i3 is therefore above the minimum spec?

Yes. :)

Phil Noize
02-08-2012, 05:33 AM
The minimum spec that NI are referring to there is for a single core (P4) processor with 2GB RAM. The i3 in the Fujitsu is a multi core (2 cores) processor, and is equipped with 4GB RAM as standard. It is well over the minimum spec by quite some way.

Chay
02-08-2012, 09:23 AM
Thanks for the replies guys

What I'm struggling with is that even the i5 you just recommended clocks in at 2.4Ghz...

In terms of speed does it go: Pentium 4 > Core Duo > i3 > i5 > i7 ?

The i3 is therefore above the minimum spec?

The Core i3 is beyond the minimum specifications by a long shot :tup:

sneakyp
02-08-2012, 01:21 PM
Ace! Thanks for clearing that up.

Think I'm going to go with the Fujitsu then.

Unless I can get a better deal haggling with store staff tomorrow :squint:

punky
02-09-2012, 09:30 AM
That i3 is pretty old - it's one of the first i3s released way back in 2010. I don't know what computer prices are like in pounds sterling, but converting to dollars, that computer is $550. I've seen deals (admittedly in the US) which pegs computers like that for $400 or so. $550 is too much, in my opinion.

sneakyp
02-09-2012, 11:38 AM
That i3 is pretty old - it's one of the first i3s released way back in 2010. I don't know what computer prices are like in pounds sterling, but converting to dollars, that computer is $550. I've seen deals (admittedly in the US) which pegs computers like that for $400 or so. $550 is too much, in my opinion.

Hmm well that's the cheapest I've come across new.
There are a few on eBay that are refurbished/ex floor stock such as this (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TOSHIBA-C660-1D7-Intel-Core-i3-370M-4GB-RAM-640GB-15-6IN-LAPTOP-Black-/290666133498?pt=UK_Computing_Laptops_EH&hash=item43ad0d37fa#ht_1152wt_1139) one and this (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-Inspiron-15R-N5010-i3-390M-Black-2-66GHz-4GB-320GB-Wifi-N-3-Year-Warranty-/140686640278?pt=UK_Computing_Laptops_EH&hash=item20c193c496#ht_1429wt_1110) one, but I'm always weary of them as that's the route I took with my current laptop and it's never been totally 'right'!

punky
02-09-2012, 12:39 PM
Fair enough. I don't know what prices are like in the UK. Do a lot of shopping and research before you buy. Don't jump into a laptop decision.

Nicadraus
02-09-2012, 12:58 PM
...and this (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-Inspiron-15R-N5010-i3-390M-Black-2-66GHz-4GB-320GB-Wifi-N-3-Year-Warranty-/140686640278?pt=UK_Computing_Laptops_EH&hash=item20c193c496#ht_1429wt_1110) one, but I'm always weary of them as that's the route I took with my current laptop and it's never been totally 'right'!

That Dell 15R has almost the same spec as mine except for the RAM, HDD and screen size. As stated, it has 3 years warranty. If so, then I think you should go for it. :tup:

sneakyp
02-09-2012, 05:41 PM
Ended up going for this (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300648813537?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649#ht_1557wt_1139) one :)