Which notebook CPU: Intel Core2 Duo T5800 or P8400?

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I'm considering the purchase of new laptop computer and the one I'm looking at has all the features I want (17" screen, blu-ray playback, 320 Gb 5400 rpm HD, etc) at a price I'm good with BUT the processor is an Intel Core2 Duo T5800 (2.0 GHz). I had been hoping to find a laptop with all the features this one had for the same price but with a P8400 (2.26 GHz) processor but the price starts to push up steeply with that processor. I guess the my question is will I notice a performance hit if I go with the T5800, or is it worth waiting for prices to drop a bit to get a P8400.

My understanding of the differences between the two, aside from the .26 GHz speed difference, is the T5800 has a 2 mb L2 cache and 800 mhz FSB while the P8400 has a 3 mb L2 cache and 1066 FSB. There may be some other differences; I'm not sure.

Thanks for all input.
 

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Thanks. No gaming. Just net surfing, office docs, photo editing, and watching Blu-ray movies on it.

I just wanted to be sure I wasn't making a mistake and end up with an underpowered system. Hate to spend $ and then find out I should have waited to get a better processor.
 

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The difference (if slight) will only be noticed through gaming and running strenuous, multiple apps.
 

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There's a 10W consumption difference + I think only the P-series are available with the Centrino 2 platform which comes with the new X58 chipset and wireless n capability.

Or am I mistaken?
 

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The Txxx series uses 35watts and the Pxxxx series uses 25watts. That should make a little bit difference in battery performance.
 

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little to no difference in actual performance assuming you're buying at that price point. pretty much every laptop in that price range no matter what chipset,mainboard processor etc has wireless n capability and dedicated graphics (the new 18.4 HP is very very nice)
 
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The T5800 is a T7250 renamed.

How clever of them. When using CPUZ it shows up as a 7250
 
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Hello P8400 also supports the WIndows 7 virtual XP mode while T5800 does not. Second T5800 has less level 2 cache and also based on 65 nm technology while P8400 is 45 nm.
 
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