Advice regarding Laptop (i5 vs i7)

samir167ahuja

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Jul 3, 2015
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Greetings everyone!
I plan to buy a laptop next month as I start college.The main purpose is college work, studying, and moderate gaming (Titles like Overwatch, FIFA, Call of Duty etc.)
I have isolated two laptops and I would like your help on the following:
1) https://www.flipkart.com/acer-nitro-5-core-i5-7th-gen-8-gb-1-tb-hdd-windows-10-home-2-gb-graphics-an515-51-gaming-laptop/p/itmf3s32dw3bhpgt?pid=COMEZZBCEGB6PZFM&srno=s_1_1&otracker=search&lid=LSTCOMEZZBCEGB6PZFMYZMRYC&fm=SEARCH&iid=62550265-7630-43a3-b3cf-ef193e30170f.COMEZZBCEGB6PZFM.SEARCH&ppt=Search%20Page&ppn=Search%20Page&ssid=w9gylysta80000001526524301803&qH=3f847911c61f133d

This laptop comes with Intel i5 (7th gen) and a NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050 graphic card.
2) https://www.flipkart.com/msi-cx-core-i7-7th-gen-4-gb-1-tb-hdd-dos-2-gb-graphics-cx62-7ql-laptop/p/itmf3s32q8azjhfn?pid=COMERHTGZFHYEGHQ&srno=s_1_9&otracker=search&lid=LSTCOMERHTGZFHYEGHQPDSLPF&fm=productRecommendation/similar&iid=9dd4f9cd-4ba0-4f84-bebf-1aee848bd3a6.COMERHTGZFHYEGHQ.SEARCH&ppt=Store%20Browse&ppn=Search%20Page&ssid=ihik2engow0000001526515281475&qH=a78e1dc0934db8a3
This comes with an Intel i7 (7th gen) and a GeForce 940MX card.

From what i've learnt from the internet, the GTX 1050 is much better than the 940MX. HOWEVER, the laptop packing that one has an i5, while another in the same price range has an i7.
Here's my doubt, should I go for an i5 with a better graphic card or an i7 with a lower one? My primary purpose is gaming, (not too serious). I need games released this year to run properly (I don't mind reducing the graphic quality to medium or even low if need be). Specifically, I am hoping to be able to play the upcoming FIFA 19 as well. Also I need the laptop to last me 4-5 years atleast. I mean, the i3 has surely become obselete by now, I don't know if the i5 will meet a similar fate some years down the line as technology advances. Although obviously all gaming capabilities will be lost in the next couple of years, I don't want a laggy laptop for 4 years atleast. (My current one is 3 years old and has started slowing down frustatingly already!). Is the i5 future proof enough? Or should I go on the safer side and get the i7?
Thanks in advance for your help!
 

dudeman509

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Jan 23, 2015
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The 4-core i5/i7 are within a stone's throw of each other with single-core performance. The i7 pulls ahead in multitasking and potential games that will use more threads in the future. Right now, there are some games that run better with 8 threads available to them instead of 4.

I love the 4-core i7 chips in laptops, even though mine are older generations. There are quite a few laptops out there with a i7-7700HQ and a GTX 1050 or 1050ti. Those are readily available if you look for them - Acer, Asus, Dell, MSI, etc. all have a few models with such a configuration.

If you're planning for the next few years, look into the 7th gen i7 or even the 8th gen chips (there are 4-core/8 thread i5's @ 15W TDP levels, as well as 6C/12T i7's appearing in laptops). Buy something with minimum of 8 GB but preferably 16 GB RAM and a SSD as well.
 

samir167ahuja

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Jul 3, 2015
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Many thanks for your reply!
Would you please look and tell me if this one seems fine: https://www.amazon.in/MSI-PE62-7RDX-1246IN-15-6-inch-i7-7700HQ/dp/B072V4RKTG?tag=googinhydr18418-21&tag=googinkenshoo-21&ascsubtag=432c537d-53d6-4ebb-a615-b53b4220f2b8
8th gen CPUs are a little out of my budget right now (they're not that common in india, hence very costly). This should do, right?
Thanks again !
 

dudeman509

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Something like that seems like a solid performer.

Doesn't look to have an operating system installed?
 

samir167ahuja

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I can get the operating system installed myself, so that isn't a problem.

Do you have any experience with MSI?
I mean, this laptop has a 128 GB SSD, I would like to put in a 1 TB HDD to increase my storage, but I read on the internet that opening the back panel voids the warranty. Does it? What if I get it installed by a local service center?
 
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