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Recommended Laptop Sepcs for a Heavy Developer User

Hi Experts,

I am a developer who uses different types of programming languages VS.NET etc.., for windows and web development, SQL Server and sometimes Oracle for databases, and Flash etc... In addition to using some graphic design tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

What is the best recommended specs for a laptop to handle all of that? In the past, I faced performance issues, and I heard that I should be considering the highest L2 Cache possible to solve my issue, which was at that time 6MB and actually solved my performance issue with loading lots of apps.

I used to find all the high specs I need with HP laptops, but had concerns on HP's quality. Today, I have received a laptop specs from Lenovo with L3 Cache of 6MB. I do not honestly know what is L3 Cache, but I can tell that if I've been dealing with L2 Cache of 6MB in 2008 then L3 should be higher in 2012!

Please correct me if I'm wrong, and let me know what do you think of the below specs:

P# N1BBAAD ThinkPad T530 Series
Intel® Core i5-3720M Pro 2.60GHz (6MB Cache L3, 3.6Ghz)
Memory: 8GB(2x4GB) RAM DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz, Hard Disk: 1TBGB SATA HDD 7200rpm 6Gbps,
Battery: 9Cell 94WHrBattery High Capacity
Display: 15.6” FHD (1920 x 1080) (95% Gamut) (270 NITS)
Graphics: NVIDIA N13P-NS1 1GB Optimus
Others: DVD-Multi Burner DL+- Ready Modem, Wi-Fi, Cam, 6205ABGN, WWAN Capable, BT, FPR, Express Card
MS Windows 7 Professional 64bit with Windows 8 Pro Kit
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I am going to use it for developing locally (web server, database, and interface on the laptop). Migration to live server will be later.
This is 8GB RAM so you think it is fine, and the only thing is that if I can get it an I7 instead of I5?
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Thank you all for your helpfull comments.
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