Buying a new laptop need quick advice

I'm buying a new laptop this afternoon and i need some quick advice im planning on buying a ~$400 laptop. I will only be using this computer for online classes and basic usage. I want to get my best bang for my buck. This will be my only computer so i want the technology in it to last as long as possible before i need to replace it.

My main concern is that I cant decide if i should buy a Intel Core i3 processor or an AMD E-series they are about the same price. I know the e-series is the better AMD processor, and the I3 is the worst of the new core processors but that's about the extent of my knowledge. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!
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  1. i3s are more advanced than AMD's entire lineup. Intel makes better mobile processors and processors in general; that AMD chip is 1-2 generations behind. The Intel will probably have the better battery life too.

    Just don't buy an HP laptop and you'll be fine.
  2. From Tech Bargains: HP Pavilion dm1z AMD Dual-Core E-350: $420
  3. radio shack had a nice i5 rig for 429 last week (around here)... too bad you missed it. I almost jumped on it myself.
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