Customised Sony Vaio s-series - which spec?

  alex_f 02:36 14 Jun 10
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Hello, I am looking to customise a Sony Vaio s-series but am unsure about which customisation to go with:

1) Core i7-620M processor, 500 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm), 8 gig RAM, NVIDIA® GeForce® 310M 512MB (£1220 or £1198 with 6 gig RAM)

2) Core i5-540M processor, 500 GB Serial ATA (7200 rpm), 8 gig RAM, NVIDIA® GeForce® 310M 512MB (£1168)

Is there much of a difference between the i7-620M and the i5-540M. Is it worth sacrificing on hard drive speed (and possibly RAM) for this faster processor? Or maybe its not a sacrifise at all; would a a 7200 rpm drive get too hot and noisy? Maybe I should get the slower processor AND the slower drive!?

I am a Computer Science student and will be using the laptop for programming in Java and C, as well as for general use (music, video etc).

I hope someone can advise!

  sunnystaines 19:01 14 Jun 10

I have a Core i7 processor on 32bit w7 with 3g of RAM it is very fast. do not know about the ci5.

  alex_f 22:24 14 Jun 10

Thanks for your reply.

What laptop do you have, and what is the screen size? I am worried about heat and noise issues with the i7 in a small laptop. Have you experienced such issues?

  sunnystaines 08:51 15 Jun 10

my cpu is in a desktop and runs quietly

  john bunyan 11:24 15 Jun 10

I have just bought a Toshiba L650 - 10G at £629.95
I would have thought, for your needs, better value. Only 4 Gig Ram but capable of 8. I use Photoshop CS4 etc, and am not a gamer though.Specs below:

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