Normally I fix computers and sometimes recommend upgrades and such but usually they've been "upgrades" to newer things or "replacements" that are equivalent in performance. This time around I need to find a replacement for a totally obsolete laptop (because of a dead hard drive that still uses an ide interface) and I think finding the "equivalent" performer is a bad investment.
This computer is for an older gentleman (~40-50 years old) so I figure the monitor size should be >= 15.6''.
I know the Intel 'i' architectures perform quite a bit better while also consuming less power than predecessors, and the last series of notebook processors I can see are the 'T' and 'P' series (both from intel) which I know are >3 years old (since that's about when I stopped looking at computer parts on a daily basis). So I think the i3 series is perfect for him. However, he's having an issue with the price as it seems that the old generation i3 architecture still goes for ~$400-500 CAD ( + I'd like to slap a 60gb ssd on it).
So I was wondering what you guys would suggest to be a "good deal" that's, processor-wise, less than the i3?
Everything else (ram amount, hdd size, screen quality, battery life, etc.) is largely unimportant.