I was interested in getting some opinions on this matter, I've just ordered an
Acer Aspire AS5742G-6846 15.6" Notebook Computer
2.53GHz Intel Core i3-380M 4GB (2x2GB) RAM 640GB 5400rpm Hard Drive SuperMulti DVD Burner nVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 1GB GPU 15.6" LED Backlit Widescreen Display Integrated Webcam & Microphone 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) 5.7 lb
Did I make a mistake? I just saw this one for
Aspire AS7741G-6426 17.3" Notebook Computer Its $650
2.66GHz Intel Core i5-480M 4GB (2x2GB) RAM 640GB 5400rpm Hard Drive SuperMulti DVD Burner ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6550M 1GB GPU 17.3" LED Backlit Widescreen Display Integrated Webcam and Microphone 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) 7.3 lb
I want a decent priced laptop with a dedicated card I want to be able to do some video editing and maybe a little gaming. I just want to get the best bang for my buck. I plan to keep the laptop for at least 3-4 years. What issues can I expect with either of these computers?
Whats the difference in performance between the Radeon 6550M and the GT540M both have 1 GB
Well you missed out on a larger display (and possibly resolution) as well as a slightly more powerful processor. The GPU's are roughly equivalent with the GT540M being a little bit superior to the HD6550M (but not by much).
I don't know it's up to you - do you mind having a smaller screen but a faster graphics card? Personally, I would swap it because I just can't stand having a small screen, but it's really up to you and what you're expecting from your laptop. IMO there isn't much difference between the two GPU's so I would honestly go for the other one, the one with an i5, that would make the most sense.