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Help me decide between this 2 laptops. (Programming/Gaming)

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  • amd-a10
  • Laptops
  • Intel i5
  • Programming
  • AMD
  • Acer
  • Intel
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February 4, 2014 7:20:18 PM

Hi, I'm looking for help because I can't decide between 2 laptops. I need a laptop to programming and a little bit of gaming (any new game). I only have 600$ so I found this 2 laptops but I can't decide because I need to dual-boot Windows 7/8 and Linux (Maybe Ubuntu). So, I don't know wich will be better for me. I don't care if one of these have a 500GB HDD, I'll use an external HDD and later I'll buy an mSata SSD. thanks.

Acer E1-472G-6648 14" Specs:
- Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6 GHz (3 MB Cache)
- 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM
- 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
- 14-Inch Screen, NVIDIA GeForce GT 820M
- Windows 8.1, 4-hour battery life

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HC3498M/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_n...

Acer Aspire V5-552G-X852 15.6" Specs:
- AMD Quad-Core A10-5757M 2.5 GHz Processor (4 MB Cache)
- 8 GB DDR3 RAM
- 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
- 15.6-Inch Screen, AMD Radeon HD 8750M
- Windows 8, 4.5-hour battery life

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FNPD1WG/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_n...

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February 4, 2014 7:35:09 PM

I already have a desktop (i5 3570K, 16GB ram, SSD, AMD 7870, etc etc) Thanks for that but, I'm looking right now for a mid-range laptop because sometimes I'm not at home and I need something that "replaces" my desktop. ;) 
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February 4, 2014 7:36:50 PM

If I were you I would go with the Aspire in this case. It's got a larger hard drive, larger screen, a better battery, and much more powerful graphics. For any type of gaming you would need to go with the second one to get decent performance. Also, another thing I can tell, the Intel CPU is only dual core with hyperthreading, while the AMD one has four actual cores, which makes a big difference, and while core-to-core the AMD will lose to Intel, overall, the AMD laptop (Acer Aspire) Will be better for you.
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February 4, 2014 9:02:33 PM

i would go with the AMD A10. I wouldnt want an underclocked CPU for gaming.
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February 4, 2014 10:24:29 PM

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February 16, 2014 5:58:26 AM

Well, Programming is from my view more CPU intensive such as compiling and debugging. Unless you were to make an extremely GPU intensive program such as intense 3D Games. So from a programming aspect I would go for the Acer E1. But as you said you wanted to play "New games", I would go for the V5. As the "E" in "E1" means everyday. They suck A*s at gaming. So if you spend more time programming go for the E1 as the Intel processor is more bite than the AMD. But If you spend most of your time gaming I would go for the V5 as the integrated GPU will give you more "Bite".

All regards,
-James
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