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    Laptop Advice (move if wrong spot)

    I'm lookin to finally upgrade my laptop. I've had my Gateway for 8yrs!! I must be doin something right, because its only crashed once (17yr old sis-in-law downloaded every stupid crap she could off of myspace). After that it was infected like a 'lady of the night'. I hope that's not too inappropriate!!

    So I've narrowed it down to a couple different ones. I'm having a hard time makin a choice. The main issue I have is which processor. Intel or AMD? I know intel can be a little faster. I'm looking, specifically, at intel i3 or i5, and AMD phantom II. I want a big screen, so budget says i3 or AMD. I could go smaller screen and get i5.

    I'm not super-good with computer stuff, but I know what I need. I figure anything is better than the dino-laptop I have now.

    I'm looking for some suggestions/advice from the computer-literate. You know, people that are smarter than me!!!!

    Any answer gets thanks!!

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    Intel Vs. AMD?!?!? That's like asking Chevy Vs. Ford. It's all subjective IMO...I prefer AMD.
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    Yes, I have always been an AMD fan myself, but it is always a constant race for technology and anyone one can have a particular edge at any particular time.
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    Chevy vs. Ford. That's a language I know!!
    I just get confused with the dozens of camparisons I read online. I don't know which site to trust. That's why I posted on this one. I trust (most of) your opinions. It just seems that anything is better than what I've got, and I would be happy with any new computer. Computers, just like any electronics, outdate so soon. If I bought the newest, greatest laptop, in a year it will be old and outdated. I think I'm set on which one to get, unless I hear horror stories about the AMD Phantom II. Thanks, Darkcide666.


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    Main difference is AMD has a ten step execution process which doesn't allow for as fast of a clock but they can do more operations per clock cycle. Intel is a 20 step execution process which allows for higher clock speeds but with fewer operations per cycle.

    But as darkcide said...they are just competitors and it comes down to preference. I would go with i3 or i5.
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    I've never owned and Intel processor but at the same time I'm not some super AMD fanboy that mocks Intel. They make nice processor that are incredibly popular so I've had to deal with them a lot on others PCs over the years. I've always stuck to the old school philosophy that AMD makes better gaming processors and AMD/ATI is nicer to the GNU/Linux community. I'll take an AMD/ATI combo any day.
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    Intel or AMD is indeed a matter of preference. I always used to fight over it with a friend, but we ended up saying that it wasn't that much of a difference. There a however some thing you need to watch for. If you travel a lot, make sure it has a decent battery. If it is a lithium-ion battery, also make sure the charge doesn't get under 10%, they will last longer if you do. If you don't use it for a long time, leave the charge at about 40% and store it in a cool and dry place.
    If you want to game on it, make sure that the videocard is strong enough, but for desktop usage, the videocard won't be an issue most of the time.
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