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Old 23rd September 2012
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Need help deciding my next move


I currently have a toshiba Staellite L755D:

Basic Specs:

Processor: AMD A6 3400m APU with Radeon HD Graphics 1.40 Gz

Ram: 4gb


Bios: Insyde h20

and I was told the Processor is not ideal for running some VST's I will be looking to run on Fruity loops.

I recently found an Asus Model G71-GX gaming laptop on craglist for 150, the only downside is the monitor is black, nothing shows, but the computer itself is fine.

Specs (Asus):
Packaged Quantity 1.0 .System Type Notebook .OS Provided Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition .Service & Support 2 years warranty .Notebook type Gaming,
Desktop replacement .Screen type Widescreen .Wireless capabilities IEEE 802.11g,
IEEE 802.11b,
IEEE 802.11 n (draft) .Processor / Chipset
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo P8800 / 2.66 GHz .Number of Cores Dual-Core .Cache L2 cache - 3.0 MB .64-bit Computing Yes .Front Side Bus 1066.0 MHz .Chipset Intel P43 Express .Memory
RAM 6.0 GB .Max RAM Supported 6.0 GB .Technology DDR2 SDRAM .Speed 800.0 MHz .Form Factor SO DIMM 200-pin .Slots Qty 3 .Storage
Floppy Drive None .Hard Drive 500.0 GB HDD / 5400.0 rpm .Interface Serial ATA-150 .Storage Removable None .Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM .Optical Drive (2nd) None .Hard drive type Portable .Environmental Parameters
Environmental standards RoHS .Display
Type 17.1 in .Max Resolution 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ ) .Widescreen Yes .Features Glare,
ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology,
Color Shine .Audio & Video
Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M - 1.0 GB GDDR3 SDRAM .Camera Yes .Resolution 1.3 Megapixel .Sound Microphone .Compliant Standards Dolby Home Theater,
High Definition Audio .Audio Features Altec Lansing speakers,
Hardware DSP function .Input
Type Keyboard,
Touchpad .Features Built-in numeric keyboard .
Wireless 802.11b/g/n (draft) .Network Interface Gigabit Ethernet
Battery Technology 8-cell Lithium ion .Installed Qty 1.0 .Capacity 5200.0 mAh .Run Time 1.9 hour(s)
AC Adapter
Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Connections & Expansion
Slots 3.0 x Memory .Interfaces 4 x VGA,
USB 2.0,
Headphone/SPDIF combo jack,
Microphone input,
Audio line-in,
HDMI .Interfaces 1.0 x HDMI - USB 2.0,
1.0 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - RJ-45,
1.0 x Ethernet,
1.0 x USB 2.0,
4.0 x Serial .Memory Card Reader 8 in 1 card reader ( xD-Picture Card ),

I am not that well read when it comes to understanding computer hardware but it does seem to me that the Asus is atleast two times better performance wise than my current computer.

So my question is: am I better off going with the Asus and possibly paying for a new LCD which i beleive is around 80-100 or am I better off keeping my Toshiba and buying a better processor seperatly for it? This is kind of a what would you do scenario, just looking for some advice.
Old 23rd September 2012
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the toshiba is quad core! forgot to mention
Old 23rd September 2012
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Who told you a quad core CPU is not ideal for some VSTs? Who ever did is misinformed... Unless you plan on VST war with your CPU, you should be fine with a quad core...
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