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December 26, 2010 10:32:54 PM

Hi, and thank you for allowing me the opportunity to explain my problem. i dont know much about computers, but i am interested in buying one of the two laptops, which i listed below with specs. buying a laptop is a big thing for me, and the opinions of professionals and general users would aid me greatly in this decision. im interested in moderate gaming, something along the lines of gta sa and maybe gta 4, if possible.Thanks.

Toshiba Satellite Black 15.6" C655D-S5084 Laptop $398.00
* AMD Athlon II Dual-Core Mobile P340 processor 2.20Ghz, 1MB L2 Cache
* 3GB DDR3 Dual-Channel 1066MHz memory
* 250GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive
* DVD SuperMulti drive supporting 11 formats
* 10/100 Ethernet LAN; 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Certified
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 Graphics with 256MB-1405MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory

Acer Aspire AS5736Z-4016 Laptop $428.00
* Intel Pentium Processor T4500 2.30Ghz, 1MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB
* 4GB DDR3 Dual-Channel SDRAM Memory
* 320GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive
* 8X DVD-SuperMulti Double-Layer Drive
* 10/100/1000 Gigabet Ethernet LAN; 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Certified
* Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M with up to 1759MB total graphics memory

Thanks again, any comments will be greatly appreciated and welcome.

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December 27, 2010 1:17:00 AM

In terms of graphic performance, the Toshiba with HD4250 is definitely superior. Just don't expect too much out of it. Mobility GPU tends, if not always, to be inferior to desktop's version.
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December 27, 2010 1:26:12 AM

The HD 4250 is better, however, you will still need to set graphics settings to low for decent performance in most games.
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December 27, 2010 1:33:51 AM

Alright, that seems fair enough. I will be making my purchase tomorrow, if possible, and seeing as the toshiba boast the better of the two, that shall be my choice. Thank you both for your help, and comments are still more than welcome.
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December 27, 2010 1:56:03 AM

And forgive me for not asking this before, but what can i expect from the Athlon processor? the reviews i've seen seem to be biased arguing between Intel and AMD. as far as I'm concerned, I'll be getting the AMD, just wondering if its possible to upgrade it if the current processor isn't suffice.
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December 27, 2010 3:11:21 AM

A dual core is a dual core, despite the brand. Slight difference in clock speed is negligible. It would be a whole different story if you compare the Athlon against an i7.

I'm not too familiar with the Acer CPU, Pentium t4500, whether it's a single or dual core. But if it's a single core, then you have another good reason to buy the Toshiba.

I personally don't prefer Toshiba as my brand of choice though. You can get a cheaper one with the same, maybe higher, specs. But it's your call.
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December 27, 2010 3:30:43 AM

They are both dual core, as I've done a little bit of look up work on them. To be honest I Would love a better performing machine, but I'm limited on budget and where I can spend my giftcards, I.E walmart. So the toshibas my pick. Maybe it the future I'll upgrade to better, but the toshibas the one. Thanks for answering as well has helping me out. Saved me alot of trouble. :) 
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December 27, 2010 3:31:52 AM

Best answer selected by Christianncg.
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December 27, 2010 3:42:53 AM

Toshiba is cheap at Walmart? In my country, Toshiba only loses to Sony in terms of "expensiveness"... :lol: 

You're welcome. Feel free to visit the forum should you have anymore questions. :D 
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December 27, 2010 3:55:24 AM

Haha yeah, it's on clearance :)  and will do. I'm confident that I'll need the help of you as well as other knowledgable people, so expect frequent visits xD
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December 28, 2010 4:08:11 AM

Just a Follow up for anyone that cares, i went to purchase the Toshiba today, and overall its amazing, considering my old lappy was an asus z7100a. its sleek, light and although my asus had 5 usb ports, this laptop absolutely flies with Debian Linux on it. (dont get me wrong, i know my way around windows, but i like the customization of Linux.) all in all a good buy thats gonna get better when i find my old pulp fiction dvd :) 
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December 28, 2010 6:29:53 AM

Well then, glad to hear that. Since the GPU is the main factor for graphic performance, the Toshiba is the right choice after all. :D 
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