About to buy a Vaio, but one last question

April 12, 2011 at 15:01:07
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, 4GB DDR3
I'm about to pull the trigger on a Sony Vaio EC laptop, but I've got one question first.

The Custom to Order let's me put in a Core i3-380M 2.53GHz, i5-480M 2.66GHz, i5-580M GHz , or i7-680M 2.8GHz.

The option I'm choosing has a Radeon 5470 512MB dedicated card, so I'm wondering which CPU will pose the smallest bottleneck? Or will a core i3 do for me? It also has 4GB of RAM.

I'm using this mainly for adobe CS and some 3D modeling, and light gaming, so by what I've researched an i3 will do for my purposes, but I'd still like to know if it would be holding back the video card or vice versa. I've read up on each component individually, but I'm not sure how they'ed interact together. In case that the video card is the weak one, I also have the option to upgrade to a 5650 1GB card, but I'd rather upgrade only one or none at all; I'm trying to keep this cheap. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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April 12, 2011 at 16:56:54
In my opinion, I don't see a problem with the Core I3 and that card. you won't have a bottleneck with that system. From what I briefly read about the 5470 is that it was designed for laptops and comes with Direct X 11, which is supported by Win 7. The 5470 is offered with ddr2.ddr3 or ddr5 memory. If it's an option choose the ddr5. If any upgrading would be needed using Adobe CS, it would be more system memory. 4 gigs of ddr3 should work out fine for starters. You have to realize the 5470 is not a good gaming card, but if you only plan on light gaming, it should be fine. Good Luck.

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April 12, 2011 at 18:30:30
Thanks, that's what I wanted to hear. Unfortunately, adding 2GB of ram costs $100 and 4 is $200. I think 4GB will work out fine for now, and I'll add more myself later if need be. Btw, the VRAM is DDR3.

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