I'm looking to purchase a laptop, and I've narrowed it down to two. I was hoping the community could help me figure out which one would best suite my needs. Oh! And I apologize if this question was posted in the wrong area of these forums.
I'll be using this laptop for schoolwork which involves computer animation, visual effects, digital painting, and graphic design.
It will also be used for video editing and rendering as well as creating with animation, drawing, and design software.
In addition, I'll also use this laptop for gaming, including Minecraft, Blizzard's games, and Bethesda's games (to name a few).
Computers: Aspire V3-772G-6468 notebook
- 2.5GHz 4th-generation Intel Core i5-4200M processor with 3MB L3 cache, up to 3.1GHz with Turbo Boost
- 750GB 5400 RPM SATA hard drive with dual hard drive support
- 17.3" diagonal widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit display with Full HD 1920x1080p resolution
- 8GB DDR3L RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics with 4GB DDR3 VRAM
Toshiba Satellite S875D-S7350 notebook
- 2.3GHz AMD A10-4600M quad-core processor with 4MB cache, up to 3.2GHz with AMD Turbo Core
- AMD A70M chipset
- 750GB 5400 RPM SATA hard drive
- 17.3" diagonal widescreen HD+ TruBrite LED-backlit TFT display with 1600x900 resolution, 720p native support
- 6GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
- AMD Radeon HD 7660G
This is not meant to be a be-all-end-all laptop. I know that an i7, more ram, better hard-drives, etc., etc. would be ideal, but that's not within my price range. I'm looking for something that is cheap, can last a few years, and can get the job done. The laptops listed above appear to fit that criteria.
The main things that stand out to me in these two computers is the quad-core AMD processor versus the i5 dual core and, of course, the graphics cards.
Now, for the sake of adding an i7 into the mix, I've got one more. This one's a little bit out of my price range.
HP Envy 17-j021nr notebook
- 2.4GHz 4th-generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, up to 3.4GHz with Turbo Boost
- 750GB 5400 RPM hard drive with HP ProtectSmart hard drive protection
- 17.3" diagonal HD+ BrightView LED-backlit display with 1600x900 resolution
- 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M switchable graphics with 2048MB DDR3, up to 1792MB total memory
If it's truely that much better than the previous two listed, I'll see what I can do to get it. However, the main question of this thread is a request of help involving the two laptop computers listed above, and which one is better for my needs.
The Aspire is easily the better of the top two. Better CPU, better graphics, higher resolution screen and 2Gb more RAM. The third laptop you list doesn't seem worth the extra money (not sure of the prices): the screen and GPU of the Aspire is better than that of the HP, and the only bonus of the HP hardware-wise is the CPU, which if you look here: http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-4700MQ-vs-Intel-C..., the performance difference is not substantial.
So of the three, I'd get the Aspire regardless of price
IMO the Aspire one is the better one. Also - the 1080P resolution is a nice touch vs the crappy 1600x900 resolution of the second machine. After using 1080P for years I can't go back to anything smaller unless I have to.
From a gaming perspective, the Acer will rip the Toshiba apart in gaming performance. There has been many benchmarks for laptops which demonstrated a more power GPU + weaker CPU beats out a more powerful CPU + weaker GPU.
The A10-4600m can be considered more powerful than the i5-4200m since it has 4 cores instead of 2 cores + Hyper Threading. However, on a per core basis Intel's Haswell cores are at least 30% more powerful and AMD's Richland cores at the same clockspeed.
Throwing the HP into the mix can complicate things a bit, but the Acer will still perform better in games because the GT 750m is more powerful than the 740m, assuming you play games at the same resolution. However, for general usage the HP will have more "staying power" because it will make the laptop more "future proof" outside of playing games.
The Acer has a 1920x1080 resolution screen, the HP only has a 1600x900 resolution screen. If you were to play games at the max resolution for each laptop, the HP will provide better performance. If both laptops were set to 1600x900 when playing games, then Acer will win.