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    How do I know if it's quad-core if it doesn't say specifically?

    So, anything:
    i7-6700+
    GTX 1050+
    4GB VRAM
    16GB RAM

    Is that all I need to make sure?
    Which is the most important feature to have over the other?
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    If it doesn't have a "Q" at the end of the numbers, it isn't a quad core. Ideally you want an "HQ" processor, the H is high performance (or something like that). Assuming your normal application make use of the graphics card, then having a better graphics card can be more important than a CPU. But knowing how these "mixed mode" GPU's work, I would go with reasonable GPU and best CPU available. The "mixed mode" is what nVidia once called the Optimus feature, uses the Intel GPU for battery saving and switches to nVidia when an application needs horsepower or is 3D. I've had mixed results with this Optimus technology which can include audio/video sync issues. Set the sync on the Intel processor and then manually switch to nVidia and the sync is suddenly off (or go the other way too).

    Discrete graphics cards are better in this regard because they never involve the integrated GPU, but this isn't a hard and fast rule with laptops as they all strive for battery life and often leverage the lowest power device when possible.


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    I will avoid Asus, had a real issue years ago, could never get support on it. I am also now the owner of an Acer, and that will never happen again. As far as processors go, I am a die hard AMD fan. Had a new processor go south on me, it was a 2100mhz, and suddenly became a 1500mhz. The shop I had build the machine tried to tell me it was because I had a 1500 in my machine, even though they sold me the 2100. AMD said to send in the chip, a new one was on the way. Doubt you would get that with Intel.


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    Gotcha.
    Im looking through Canada Computers, and I found this..
    Seems decent.

    MSI
    15.6"
    True Colour IPS
    Intel Core i7-6700HQ
    16GB DDR4 (2x8GB -- Expandable to 32GB)
    128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

    Around $1,650 - $1,850
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    That should be decent.


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