So the time has come where I decided to purchase a laptop for school. I have a general Idea of what I want (AMD A-Series processor/6+gigs of ram/). I am not to worried about the HD, screen etc. I just want a decent laptop for everyday college life and some light gaming. I have been looking into customizing one through HP with upgraded dedicated graphics and more ram. I have roughly 600$ (not to much more) to invest in a laptop. I would like to play skyrim on it (obviously not maxed out, not even my desktop can do that atm). What would you guys suggest? A-6 or A-8? Dedicated graphics are a must, there is just too many options right now.
I was looking into the student discount, I think for 614$ I got dv6 AMD Quad-Core A8-3550MX and a 1GB AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7690M GDDR5 upgraded, the rest is pretty basic. So as of right now, for mild gaming and everyday tasks, this will be my best bet? My desktop runs skyrim on high settings, the specs for my desktop are as follows
AMD Athlon II x4 620 > 2.61 ghz (stock)
4 gigs of DDR2 (don't know the speeds)
GT 545 Video Card
300gig Sata HD (believe its 5400rpm, but I could be wrong)(*EDIT* The HD is a Seagate barracuda ST3320820AS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive lol)
Most of this came out of a gateway desktop I got for free. I did upgrade the Video card/Heat sink/Put windows 7 on it.
Can I expect the Laptop to be faster then this desktop?
And from what I've read the A-8 3550mx out performs I5's mainly because of the GPU? Most I5's get paired up with the HD 3000 Graphics which are garbage.