Help! I can't pull the trigger on anything because I am too overwhelmed! I know VERY LITTLE about computers. I've done a lot of reading in this forum (and learned a lot), but a lot of it is over my head.
First, my uses: Basic surfing, Facebook, email, watching videos. No Gaming. However, I use Lightroom 5 to process my photos. Usually single photos at a time, but also some batch processing. I recently did some timelapse stuff, and would like to be able to process that fairly quickly also. That means I would also need to be able to do some basic video editing.
For the last 5 or so years, I used a $400 Sony Vaio that I bought at Walmart. It recently died. It actually did pretty well, albeit sometimes slowly.
I am on a tight budget, so when I read in here about ssd's and such, I know I am over my head and budget. I recently bought my daughter a Toshiba satellite - basic Pentium processor, 8GB Ram, for $350. I've used it with Lightroom for some individual photo editing. It did fine, but I think I will probably need something more powerful in the future.
My budget is in the $600-$800 range. I would like to know your opinion on a couple of laptops:
I like that it has an IPS display. Is the i5 powerful enough?
Would I see a big improvement in performance in going with this?:
It has a more powerful i7 processor with quad core. Does the dedicated graphics card matter for me? For the extra $200, will I see a lot of increase in performance?
Many, many thanks in advance for your replies or suggestions on other laptops.