When you want to have a performance machine, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to buy a tower body and prepare for making some heavyweight build with all these huge coolers, 1KW PSU and stuff. If you are a fan of sleek design, or just want to acquire yourself a laptop and want to achieve the maximum performance at the same time – it is still possible. All you need to do is to understand some nuances that apply to the laptops and modern computers in general.
Performance could be a bit vague for some users, as most of them would have different understanding of performance, depending to their actual needs. However, all of these needs could be translated to the actual computer parts, such as CPU, memory, etc. So rather than testing each different laptop for the particular tasks, such as archiving or DVD ripping, you would simply consider their CPU specifications and compare them to one other. This would be the only valid approach when choosing a good performance laptop.
Unlike most of the people would expect, the most important part for laptop performance is not an even rocket speed CPU, but an actual storage device. This is the most common mistake the beginners do when they buy laptops. Usually it happens like this, they go to shop and choose the laptop with the most powerful CPU, as that would be the farthest that they could actually comprehend. Then they will end up choosing some model with a good 4th gen Intel i5 or i7 processor, but when they get home they find out that their computer terribly sucks!
It can take a minute just to load their browser and they cannot believe their eyes. Yet, there is nothing unbelievable, because if laptop is not equipped with an SSD storage device, it means it has an HDD, which uses spinning disks and is old like hell. The problem with HDDs is that they can’t spin too fast when they are mounted into a laptop in a standard 2.5” format. The common desktop HDDs are 3.5” and this allows them to work much faster, though still far from perfect. So even if you get strongest CPU and it takes a while to read every system file, your system will become sluggish all the same.
Once you have dealt with your storage device, only then you would need to think about CPU. Another important part of a laptop is a GPU, which is responsible for graphics. The Intel processors already have a GPU integrated in the chip though its performance is lacking. So if you want to play 3D games you’d better make sure your lap has modern graphic card on board. GTX 775M would be pretty decent as of now.
Finally, you can also consider overclocking the whole system, but if you fail it would actually take some repair. I could always vouch for Phone-FixIt.com in Long Island as it worked for many of our customers.