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So here's the problem. I'm choosing a budget laptop. <$500 only and only in Microcenter store. I originally wanted this Lenovo Laptop from staples, but my mom wanted to buy from microcenter. I searched their website and found the same Lenovo but had 6GB of ram. It was the only thing that holds me back. I read some review that if using just 6gb on this laptop, it wouldn't function as dual channel memory or something like that. I also saw that Intel has this flex mode on ram, but this laptop is AMD A10-5750M. Anyone can help on this dual channel thing? I really wanted the one from Staples because it has 8GB of ram, which means it'll function in dual channel mode. I also browsed through other laptops, but I don't wanna go with HP (poor battery), or DELL or ACER. I wanted to try some other brands. Any insights on ASUS or Lenovo? Thanks.

EDIT: I'll be using the laptop for basic use, MS Office, light Autocad and 3DS Max maybe. And also light gaming, actually I'll just use it to play Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn while I'm not at home. That's why I'm fine with the 8650g of the AMD APU.

How does Intel HD4600 (Graphics unit of ASUS K550LA) fare against the 8650g (Graphics unit of Lenovo G505s)?

And also i5 4200u (ASUS) vs AMD A10-5750m (Lenovo)?

Lenovo G505s

ASUS K550-LA
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What is your priority, as that will determine your mobile solution from looking around at some benchmarks.

The Intel counterpart has a better CPU and might play nicer with the applications you mentioned, however suffers behind with its HD 4400, while also drawing less power at 17w for the CPU alone.

A10 is weaker, has a more aggressive frequency but performs similarly to my old i3-2330m. However the Integrated solution for graphics is much better, while also drawing twice the power at 35w. You also take a hit with the single mode RAM, though this can be fixed later with an upgrade, raising your overall cost.
    
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What is your priority, as that will determine your mobile solution from looking around at some benchmarks.

The Intel counterpart has a better CPU and might play nicer with the applications you mentioned, however suffers behind with its HD 4400, while also drawing less power at 17w for the CPU alone.

A10 is weaker, has a more aggressive frequency but performs similarly to my old i3-2330m. However the Integrated solution for graphics is much better, while also drawing twice the power at 35w. You also take a hit with the single mode RAM, though this can be fixed later with an upgrade, raising your overall cost.
My priority would be
Basic tasks, Excel, word, browsing > Gaming > autocad, 3ds max

autocad and 3ds max would be the least and just be only occasional. Is the difference between single mode RAM and dual channel mode RAM noticeable?
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I tried using an Acer AMD A10 for FFXIV and was very unsatisfied with the performance.
I had returned the laptop as I could barely get 30fps on the lowest settings on 1366x768.
I used integrated graphics on my 3570k and got FPS that were over 30 even at 1920x1080 on lowest settings.
I would try and find a used laptop or find a "decent" i5.
e) This was the laptop I had gotten.
http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-V5-552-X814-15-6-Inch-Laptop/dp/B00EY50MKK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397200238&sr=8-1&keywords=acer+a10
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I tried using an Acer AMD A10 for FFXIV and was very unsatisfied with the performance.
I had returned the laptop as I could barely get 30fps on the lowest settings on 1366x768.
I used integrated graphics on my 3570k and got FPS that were over 30 even at 1920x1080 on lowest settings.
I would try and find a used laptop or find a "decent" i5.
e) This was the laptop I had gotten.
http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-V5-552-X814-15-6-Inch-Laptop/dp/B00EY50MKK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397200238&sr=8-1&keywords=acer+a10
Really? Wow, I just can't understand why that would happen. Isn't the 8650g supposed to be better than the Intel HD4000 on the 3570k on your CPU?
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Really? Wow, I just can't understand why that would happen. Isn't the 8650g supposed to be better than the Intel HD4000 on the 3570k on your CPU?
That's what I had assumed.
Maybe I got a REALLY bad laptop
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That's what I had assumed.
Maybe I got a REALLY bad laptop
I see, I'll wait for some other inputs. Maybe just an isolated case for your acer laptop.
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I see, I'll wait for some other inputs. Maybe just an isolated case for your acer laptop.
What's kinda weird too:BF4 is more demanding.
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What's kinda weird too:BF4 is more demanding.
Maybe just a bad laptop I guess. Can you say something about Intel HD4600 vs AMD 8650g?

Also, ASUS vs Lenovo, who'd you choose?
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Maybe just a bad laptop I guess. Can you say something about Intel HD4600 vs AMD 8650g?

Also, ASUS vs Lenovo, who'd you choose?
Really shouldn't call it crossfire actually

Intel will draw less power easily.
Lenovo always seems like a great option for laptop, they seem to be one of the few brands still making sturdy "thick" laptops.
Asus I'd say you'd be paying more for the name than you are the performance, but if you can find an Asus with the performance of a Lenovo for cheaper then I'd say go with that.
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