Help, cant decide on Laptop

:hello: Ok, I have narrowed down about 10 laptops to 3. All have 17" screens

1) Toshiba CPU: AMD Turion II M520(2.3GHz) RAM: 4GB DDR2 GPU: ATI Radeon HD 4200

2) ACER CPU: Intel Core i3 330M(2.13GHz) RAM: 4GB DDR3 GPU: Intel HD

3) HP CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 2.2G RAM: 4GB DDR2 GPU: Intel GMA 4500MHD

I will be using it for school, CAD (3D modeling), games, movies, etc.
They all see about the same spec wise, but this is my first laptop.
I want something that is fast, good at multitasking, and overall a great all-around laptop.
(If the brand influenced your decision, please let me know why.)

Thanks :??:

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  1. Because the Toshiba has a dedicated GPU, it will be a little quicker playing games.
  2. Even though I believe the 4200 is integrated as well, it is the best gfx engine of the three.
    Of the three manufacturers, I like Toshiba the best. I've had support problems with HP, and quality issues with Acer.
  3. Well, in terms of performance for CPUs,

    Intel Core i3 330M 2.13GHz > AMD Turion II M520 2.3GHz ~ Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 2.2GHz

    For your purposes, the Acer laptop would be best for CAD, which is CPU heavy AFAIK, but the Intel HD graphics on the i3 330M chip suck, but the Intel GMA X4500MHD sucks the most which is bundled with the T6600. The Toshiba laptop which has integrated ATi Radeon HD 4200 would be faster, but would only be able to handle games on low quality settings. As for watching movies, all laptops could do them fine.

    I'd personally pick the Toshiba laptop - it's the most well rounded one, and frankly is the only one which one have any chance of playing modern games, even on low settings. As for brand quality - well Acer or Toshiba would be the best, on my DV6 laptop, the edges are rough, which shows QC is pretty bad... but their HP Minis are awesome, and my other HP laptop which had that nVidia mobile chipset defect died.
  4. Shooting from the hip, I would go with the toshiba. Like their laptops better than HP or Acer. But thats just in general. Not specific to those models. Something about the look and feel.

    Remember, you have to work with it day in, and day out. How it feels and handles for you does matter.
  5. If you would like to play games, you'd have to go with the Toshiba. The others won't play and even the Toshiba won't play well. What's your budget?
  6. Very low, I was hoping to spend less than $800 because when i get heavier into CAD (in about 3 years), i figured my best bet would be to go with a gaming laptop like Alienware because if it plays the games with outstanding speed, then the programs used to create the 3d models would run fine as well. So i didnt want an expensive laptop, but I want a fast, strong one.
  7. Not exactly. Creating 3D models is CPU intensive, not GPU unless you are using a workstation level video card like a FireGL which are quite expensive. Displaying the finished product is GPU intensive, hence needed for gaming. How about this?

    ACER Aspire

    Very fast processor, pretty solid GPU. Under $800.
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