I plan to buy a Sony Vaio as my daughter's first laptop. She liked one in store with Core i3, 500gb hardrive, & 256 mb dedicated video memory (2007 total), plus GForce 310m graphics. She mostly surfs and plays Sims 3. I'm considering a slightly cheapter version (both have 4GB memory!!) with 325 drive and 1726 video (no dedicated). Can this do the job? Its much more than I have now!
GeForce 310M and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD will both run Sims3 - just not on high graphics settings.
Geforce 310M is considerably more powerful than the Intel GMA HD. If Sims3 performance is important to you it might be worth the extra $50.