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November 29, 2011 3:04:10 AM

Hello,
I want to buy my daughter a laptop for christmas, but I know nothing about them. I have found 2 really good deals at best buy with the options she has requested. She bascially would be using it for school work, itunes, movies, and facebook, and surfing the web. Which do you think would work better for her:
•Toshiba Laptop / Intel® Pentium® Processor / 15.6" Display / 4GB Memory / 320GB Hard Drive
Features a 1066MHz system bus, 2MB L3 cache and 2.1GHz processor speed.
Model: C655-S5312

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•Toshiba Satellite Laptop / AMD E-Series Processor / 15.6" Display / 4GB Memory / 320GB Hard Drive
AMD E-300 Processor with AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics
320GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
C655D-S5300

I think the big difference is the processors. Too bad I do not have a clue what they do! Thanks!
a b D Laptop
November 29, 2011 3:20:04 AM

The intel laptop is way faster than the AMD. Compare

Maybe you could let us know your budget and specification and someone here could help you find good deal.
Use this format.

Good luck!


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a c 572 D Laptop
November 29, 2011 4:03:20 AM
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jtnicole said:
I think the big difference is the processors. Too bad I do not have a clue what they do! Thanks!
You thought right. And you knew to stop by here and find out more.
There is a pretty huge gap in CPU performance.

In the Big List Comparison of Mobile Processors (CPU Benchmarks)
that B950 CPU ranks #114 and that E-300 APU ranks ~#354.

E-300 APU will do OK doing what she wants if she mostly does them one at a time. But the B950 is more suitable to doing several at once. Especially for heavier school work like using MS Word and MS Powerpoint at the same time.

I think the C655-S5312 is easily worth the extra $30.
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a c 406 D Laptop
November 29, 2011 10:47:19 PM

I would go with the intel CPU laptop since it has a faster processor. It should help Windows 7 run a little smoother than the AMD CPU. Plus since it is faster it should delay the time why she feels the laptop is too slow to meet her needs.
November 30, 2011 6:52:19 PM

jtnicole said:
Hello,
I want to buy my daughter a laptop for christmas, but I know nothing about them. I have found 2 really good deals at best buy with the options she has requested. She bascially would be using it for school work, itunes, movies, and facebook, and surfing the web. Which do you think would work better for her:
•Toshiba Laptop / Intel® Pentium® Processor / 15.6" Display / 4GB Memory / 320GB Hard Drive
Features a 1066MHz system bus, 2MB L3 cache and 2.1GHz processor speed.
Model: C655-S5312

Or...
•Toshiba Satellite Laptop / AMD E-Series Processor / 15.6" Display / 4GB Memory / 320GB Hard Drive
AMD E-300 Processor with AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics
320GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
C655D-S5300

I think the big difference is the processors. Too bad I do not have a clue what they do! Thanks!


I recommend Asus laptops. I've owned mine for over 2 years, free 24/7 Tech Support from people that actually speak english.
December 6, 2011 5:12:56 AM

Best answer selected by jtnicole.
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