Best budget laptop for intense multitasking

arkatie

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Im looking for the best laptop i can get for my needs under £460 British pounds and it has to be available in the UK for that price. I really liked the look of the Lenovo U series and the Dell 7000 series both of which i could afford in the US but not in the UK so you see the prices don't always correspond. I am hoping to study music at university and would use the laptop for my studies and for leisure. It would need to be able to cope with photo, video and sound editing, music notation software, word processing (so a good keyboard is a must), video streaming, and heavy other internet use all in combination with intense multitasking and remain FAST. It also should be able to last me a good few years without problems. I'm looking for an i5 processor a fair bit of RAM and storage (though im willing to compromise) and ideally a graphics card too though i understand they are hard to come by in my budget. The lighter it is the better but not a priority. I was going to get this:
http://www.ebuyer.com/584159-asus-x550cc-laptop-x550cc-xo071h?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products&gclid=Cj0KEQjw_42eBRDHqcG1psmtneEBEiQAWPL8WAHBQhcP6BnEGJpzZ5CPtZs6enz_KrMaLlSKD1OW_dwaAu0M8P8HAQ

Asus which seemed to meet all my needs and then i realised it had an ivy-bridge core rather than a haswell. What are your thoughts on this? Is a haswell that much better and should i really be looking for a 4th gen processor to the extent of compromising elsewhere or not?
If yes i found these:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-G510-Intel-Core-i5-4200M-Dual-Core-Processor-15-6-HD-Screen-Laptop-/380824370993?pt=UK_Computing_Laptops_EH&hash=item58aae6bf31
(though that is ideally to heavy for me to carry round to lectures etc)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-Satellite-C55-A-1N1-15-6-inch-i5-4200M/dp/B00H7911TQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

http://www.staples.co.uk/satellite-c55-notebook-15-6-intel-core-i5-processor-4gb-memory-750gb-hard-drive/cbs/424378.html?price=incvat&cm_mmc=SEM_PLA-_-google-_-serp-pla&gclid=CNTy1s-45b8CFVHKtAodSRYAGw

and i really liked the Lenovo G50-70 but i couldnt find the i5 version within my budget but if you guys do...

Anyway, obviously if you guys think the ivy-bridge core asus is fine for me i will definately go with that; otherwise, what do you recommend?
 

sora

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The Lenovo G510 is your best bet in my opinion. It may be a little heavy but I would just ignore it. If it is too heavy you should just start getting on a solid lifting schedule in my opinion.
 

dovah-chan

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I just use a cheap lenovo G505 with an A6-5200 and added 4GB more of RAM and it can run PS fine and is very snappy on just general browsing. Only place I've noticed its lacked in is games of course. Wonderful keyboard as always with lenovo.
 

sora

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The Lenovo G510 is your best bet in my opinion. It may be a little heavy but I would just ignore it. If it is too heavy you should just start getting on a solid lifting schedule in my opinion.
 

arkatie

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Okay crunch time. I am getting one of these laptops for sure
Should i get this one:
http://www.woolworths.co.uk/lenovo-z50-70-intelreg-coretrade-i5-processor-8gb-ram-1tb-hard-drive-wi-fi-156-inch-laptop-black/1402686598.prd?aff=google&gclid=CIKNt5GA6L8CFcsBwwodC0MAGg&affsrc=acquisition&cm_mmc=google-_-PLA_Electricals-_-Electricals+Google+PLA-_-_uic7xK0m_37101867990

Which has a 4th gen rather than 3rd gen processor but no graphics card or this one:
http://www.ebuyer.com/584159-asus-x550cc-laptop-x550cc-xo071h
which has a 3rd gen processor but has a graphics card.

Which one will be better for my needs, faster and more durable; the lenovo? or the asus?
Vote and please help me!
 
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