x220 too expensive :(

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  1. cybrax2

    cybrax2 Notebook Enthusiast

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    just a lil...

    Including the B&N Deal and TOPTHINK eCoupon, is there any more additional savings I can apply?

    I am college student, so would there be any discount for that?

    and Should I spend the extra 17 dollars for the fingerprint reader, is it worth it?
    Should I spend another 42.50 dollars to upgrade to the i5 2.4ghz from the i3 2.3ghz.

    Im trying to get the cheapest setups without having any regrets later on.

    I am planning to play Starcraft 2 on it, with low-medium settings. I'm also a mechanical engineer so I dont know if I might need the extra juice to run the softwares I need.

    -Thanks
     
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    sniper_sung Notebook Evangelist

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    The major benefit of the i5 is Turbo Boost, which wouldn't make a difference if you don't run CPU intensive jobs a lot.

    The fingerprint reader is very handy if you like security features or strong Windows passwords (e.g. UAC privilege elevation prompting for fingerprints). I'd say go for it as it's not expensive.

    Don't expect too much for Starcraft 2 - any Intel integrated graphics card can be a really bad choice for 3D gaming.
     
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    Prices will come down in a couple of months when Ivy Bridge is imminent, and you can always try to snipe one from the outlet. Sales change every couple weeks, and you should see one down around $800 sooner than later, you'll probably see something for spring. There is an education store, but it doesn't often stack with sales. Once in awhile it does.

    You can also check your university book store.
     
  4. cybrax2

    cybrax2 Notebook Enthusiast

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    My bookstore sells mostly Apple products. They never heard of lenovo.

    Whats the ETA of Ivy Bridge? Should I just wait for that then?

    If not would i5 provide a significant increase in performance over the i3 on Starcraft 2 Low setting.

    Ill definitely will be using autoCAD, so would i3 be sufficient?
     
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    Sorry for double post.

    BTW heres my quote:

    Upgrades: -i5 2430M
    - IPS Display
    - 720p Camera
    -Fingerprint reader

    Merchandise Total $790.65
    Sales Tax $64.74
    Total $855.39

    Tax is a *****
     
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    $855 is dirt cheap brother, or sister as the case may be, for a notebook with an IPS screen. I've got no complains about my i3. I doubt the i5 makes any difference and is therefore not worth the cost unless you need top performance, which it seems you do not.. I wouldn't pay 10¢ for a fingerprint reader. It's a convenience rather than a security feature in my opinion. The camera only has value if you intend to use it. If so, then it's worth the $20. I didn't get it and have not regretted it.
     
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    cn_habs Notebook Deity

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    Don't you get your sales tax back at the end of the year?

    I've been paying 13-15% for years now in Canada. :eek:
     
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    cybrax2 Notebook Enthusiast

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    ^ Im a lil college boy that works whenever I want, under the table, thus no tax report.

    I guess Ill ditch the i5 and save the money towards a new video card for my desktop.
    Just to confirm, will the i3 2350m run smoothly on SC2, in situations of 200/200?
     
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    If an i3 CPU doesn't run it well, an i5 will have no noticeable improvement. Stick with the base i3, if you're tight on budget.

    I would skip the fingerprint reader as well if your budget is tight, unless you have to have the convenience feature. I personally hate using the things, so I always opt out.

    I would keep the camera; it's not a bad webcam, and it will hurt your resale possibilities down the road (people really do expect a webcam nowadays).

    Just two or so months ago, I helped one of my friends get a base Core i3, 9-cell, IPS display X220 for ~$680 before tax, so I'm sure you can get the price down.
     
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    I have a T420 w. i5. It handles sc2 on low fine up to 4v4 late game except for huge battles when everyone engages in creep w. lost of lings and everything all mixed together. If you play mostly ladder 1v1's on low, i3 absolutely shouldn't be a problem.

    This past august there was a sale for X220 i5/4GB/320GB/Win7HP for $609 (also an upgrade for 9 cell + IPS for $40+), so you can definitely find one for cheaper than in your op.

    Don't buy x220 right now if you are not super in a rush to get a new laptop. Especially with Ivy around the corner, either wait and get the new x220 refresh or wait till prices start to drop for x220. Right now just seems like the worst time to get it because its nearing the end of a cycle but not close enough for inventory clearance.
     
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