Laptop overall build comparison

Omnytrix

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I just need a quick bit of help. I recently picked up a laptop at what seemed like a bargain price, but I'm not sure how it compares to my current one overall.
This is what I currently have, except with the RAM upgraded to 16GB, the 1TB hard drive moved into a drive caddy that replaces the optical drive, and a samsung 850 EVO 250GB as the main drive. It's worth noting that the VRAM is GDDR5
http://www.microcenter.com/product/443211/satellite_p55-b5162_156_laptop_computer_-_brushed_aluminum_in_satin_gold

This is what I recently picked up. The VRAM is GDDR3 as far as I can tell using GPUZ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834331902

I'd really like to know which laptop to keep.

Thanks in advance for the help!

 

infamousk12

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Just based purely off specifications, the laptop that you just picked up is going to be a very drastic increase in performance. You will probably be very happy that you bought the Lenovo.
 

Omnytrix

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So you don't think the difference between the GDDR RAM types would be a reason to return it? That was my only concern.
 

JackNaylorPE

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To answer the question of how well any piece of hardware will perform, the major piece of info required is "doing what ?"

-Quad Core Intel Core i7 6700HQ (2.60 GHz) is obviously better than Intel Core i7-4720HQ Processor 2.6GHz
-16 GB DDR4 Memory is obviously better than original 8GB DDR3L-1600 RAM. Your upgarde to 16Gb leaves you with DDR3 vs DDR4 but w/o knowing speed and timings, no way to judge what's better
-The new 1 TB HDD might be better than the crappy 5400 job but the new one doesn't tell ya the rpm
-Since they don't list the model of the SSD in the new lappie, i expect the SSD in the old one is much better
-Don't like much about Win 10 but it's better than Win 8.1
-The new IPS screen in the new one is likely (I'm sure) better than the old one. Still at the price, recognize that there's a large difference between higher and lower priced IPS panels. OTOH, on average, TN panels are much better at gaming than IP panels. I have yet to see a suitable gaming panel that's IPS under $700.
-The GeForce GTX 950M 4 GB is obviously a step up over the AMD Radeon R9 M265X

if it were me... I'd swap the SSDs and reinstall everything from scratch and sell the Toshiba
 

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I'd do exactly that, except that the evo is a SATA model, and the Lenovo has a pcie model.
 

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not unless you move data from folder to folder a lot, not going make much different.
 

Omnytrix

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I just booted up device manager, and while it won't tell me what the exact model number is, I do know that the SSD in the Lenovo is a Samsung NVME model
 

JackNaylorPE

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Here's a 'rule of thumb" I use to set prices

Rule of Thumb - Take your build cost and then subtract 10% when you open the box .... then 5% for each month of age for 6 months (60% value at this point) ... then 10% for every 6 months thereafter.

0.5 year old - 60% of build / purchase cost
1.0 - 50%
1.5 - 40%
2.0 - 30%
2.5 - 20%
3.0 - 10%

 

Omnytrix

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So if I bought it in August of last year for $700, put $200 worth of upgrades into it, the answer should be around $400 right?
 

JackNaylorPE

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Wait... thought we were talking about selling the Toshiba which costs just $334.89 new. That would put it at $165 now.

And when I say build cost, that means cost to build it or buy it today ...

As for the upgrades, that's iffy on a lappie as you now have no warranty. The Evo is worth $80 (new) .. so put that at $40 ... 2 x 8GB is also worth about $80 new but you started at 8Gb so figure half that $40 for the upgrade... should take half of that for the age but we'll let that go and put the value of the upgrades at $40 + $40 ... That would be about $250 for the Toshiba ... but with no warranty since you opened it, will be a hard sell.
 

Omnytrix

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Thank you for the input! I'm probably gonna end up just dumping it onto one of my mothers friends. I liked the toshiba, but it was always a little underpowered for my taste.
 

JackNaylorPE

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Yes, you get a far better return on that ... pass it on to grandma to receive / send pics of Grandkids, Aunt Tillie. or pass it onto a non-proft where ya can take advantage of a tax credit ... use the purchase cost :)

I'd recommend kidsneedmore.org ... tho I am biased as my son was one of the founders.

KiDS NEED M♥RE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children, families & young adults coping with cancer and life-threatening illness.
Not sure how you would go about it, will ask when he gets here.
 
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