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AMD Turion II 2.3Ghz or Intel I5 2.1 with turbo boost

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August 28, 2010 1:25:49 PM

Hello everyone. I am shopping for a laptop at BB, and i am in between these two, so I need any suggestions .

Sony - VAIO Laptop / AMD Turion™ II Processor / 15.5" Display / 4GB Memory / 320GB Hard Drive - Silvery White $579

Model: VPCEE22FX/WI | SKU: 1148554
Warranty Terms - Parts1 year limited
Warranty Terms - Labor1 year limited
Product Height1.5"
Product Width14.6"
Product Weight5.9 lbs.
Product Depth9.8"
Color CategoryWhite
Processor BrandAMD
Processor PlatformVISION Premium
ProcessorAMD Turion™ II
Processor Speed2.3GHz
Battery Type6-cell lithium-ion
Display TypeWidescreen (1366 x 768)
Screen Size (Measured Diagonally)15.5"
System Bus1066MHz
Cache Memory2MB on die Level 2
System Memory (RAM)4GB
System Memory (RAM) Expandable To8GB
Type of Memory (RAM)DDR3

Hard Drive TypeSATA (5400 rpm)
Computer Hard Drive Size320GB
Optical DriveDouble-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
Optical Drive SpeedsDrive speeds not specified
Direct-Disc LabelingNo
Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, select memory card slots
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250
TV TunerNo
MPEGYes
Built-in WebcamYes
ModemNone
NetworkingBuilt-in 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T Fast Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Wireless NetworkingWireless-B+G+N
Bluetooth-EnabledNo
S-Video OutputsNone
AudioIntel® High Definition
PCMCIA SlotsNone
USB 2.0 Ports4
IEEE 1394 FireWire PortsNone
Parallel PortsNone
Game PortsNone
Laptop WeightStandard (more than 5.5 lbs.)
Battery LifeNot available
Pointing DeviceElectrostatic touchpad
HDMI OutputYes
Blu-ray PlayerNo
Operating System PlatformWindows
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Included SoftwareSony Creative Suite and more
ENERGY STAR QualifiedYes
BBY Software InstallerNo
Drive Capacity320GB
Graphics CardATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250

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HP - Factory-Refurbished Laptop / Intel® Core™ i5 Processor / 15.6" Display / 4GB Memory / 250GB Hard Drive - Biscotti. $559
Model: g62-149wm | SKU: 1234224

Warranty Terms - Parts90 days
Warranty Terms - Labor90 days
Product Height1.4"
Product Width14.7"
Product Weight5.5 lbs.
Product Depth9.7"
Processor BrandIntel®
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5
Processor Speed2.26GHz (with Turbo Boost up to 2.53GHz)
Battery Type6-cell lithium-ion
Display TypeHigh-definition widescreen LED with BrightView technology (1366 x 768)
Screen Size (Measured Diagonally)15.6"
System Memory (RAM)4GB
System Memory (RAM) Expandable To8GB
Type of Memory (RAM)DDR3 DIMM
Hard Drive TypeSATA (7200 rpm)

Computer Hard Drive Size250GB
Optical DriveDouble-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
Optical Drive SpeedsDrive speeds not specified
Direct-Disc LabelingYes
Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader
GraphicsIntel® HD
Video MemoryUp to 1696MB total available
TV TunerNo
MPEGYes
Built-in WebcamYes
ModemNone
NetworkingBuilt-in 10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Wireless NetworkingWireless-B+G+N
Bluetooth-EnabledNo
S-Video OutputsNone
SpeakersInternal
PCMCIA SlotsNone
USB 2.0 Ports3
IEEE 1394 FireWire PortsNone
Parallel PortsNone
Game PortsNone
Laptop WeightUltraportable (5.5 lbs. or less)
Battery LifeNot available
Pointing DeviceTouchpad with integrated on/off button and 2-way scroll pad support
HDMI OutputYes
Blu-ray PlayerNo
Operating System PlatformWindows
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Included SoftwareMicrosoft Works; Adobe Reader; Cyberlink DVD Suite and more
ENERGY STAR QualifiedYes
BBY Software InstallerNo
Drive Capacity250GB
Graphics CardIntel® HD
August 28, 2010 2:13:32 PM

Status: New Vs Refurbished
Graphics: Intel IGP Vs Discrete Radeon 4000 series
HDD: 250 V 320 Gb
No blue ray player, but the Radeon may have playback capability, not quite sure about that though, the other most certainly won't.
$20.00 price diff is a non-factor
Turion looks like a Phenom II derivative
Intel i5 CPU has four thread capability, but probably only HT not real cores.

The Turion would get the nod from me...I think it would be the more capable system overall, particularly for presentations, given the shear size of photo files produced by todays digital cameras, the Radeon has the power to deal with them far more easily.
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August 28, 2010 2:38:57 PM

Hello and welcome to the forums
Actually i5 performs better, and the second one has faster HDD too.
The only problem is that the second one is refurbished,if you are OK with refurbished products,then go for it
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August 28, 2010 2:41:23 PM

thanks for the suggestion
the turion also gets one year of warranty (if the warranty is a good one, I am always skeptical about warranties)
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August 28, 2010 2:44:43 PM

Maziar, thanks
that is the main issue that I have.. I have never bought anything refurbished, it also gets just 90 days on the warranty
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August 28, 2010 2:52:51 PM

Hello resko;

There is a pretty big performance difference between the two CPUs. Passmark CPU benchmark scores:
AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520 @ 2.3Ghz = 1358
Intel Core i5 430M @ 2.27GHz = 2365

The HD 4250 and Intel HD Graphics are in a virtual tie for performance. Both are in Class 3 in the list.

The Sony Vaio seem to have lower than usual ratings than most of the Sony line:
Sony Vaio VPCEE2E1E/WI review (not an identical model to the one you're looking at)
And HP G62s are only a little better, on average. HP G62 Series

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August 28, 2010 5:05:25 PM

WR2,
thanks a lot man, I think I will be going with the HP I5, even though it is refurbished.
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August 28, 2010 6:14:13 PM

Have you checked the HP website too?
I just priced a new HP G62t @ $339 with everything above except having 3GB RAM.
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August 28, 2010 10:02:39 PM

I have store credit for Best Buy, thus I am not able to shop anywhere else.. unfortunately.
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August 29, 2010 2:31:37 AM

referb means previously sucked enough someone already sent it back
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September 8, 2010 1:12:50 AM

thanks for all the advice, I appreciated.
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September 8, 2010 1:13:35 AM

Best answer selected by resko.
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September 8, 2010 1:18:15 AM

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