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For the past four years I've had a Turion II laptop with a 2.6GHz CPU and a 4570 GPU. The LAN port or chip no longer work and sound works intermittently. It wasn't the fastest laptop when I bought it and it works as basic browsing machine but it's time for a replacement.

I've been looking at laptops and the two I like have the following specs:
Lenovo Y485 ATE
A10-4600
2GB RAM
750GB HD
HD7690XT

Lenovo G490
I3-3110
4GB RAM
500GB HD
HD8570

The first one has the better GPU but the second the better CPU I believe. The A10 is on 32nm, the i3 on 22. The7690 is on 40nm, the 8570 28. Battery life I think is comparable.

I have my desktop for heavy tasks so I don't need an i7. Neither laptop have an SSD so I'll be putting my current 120GB SSD in either and getting a 256 one for my desktop, so I would like to keep it as cheap as possible, without sacrificing performance too much, especially on the light gaming side. Either way I will be looking at upgrading the RAM in both laptops to over 4GB.

The price difference between the two laptops is 400RMB (70 USD). I have no preference for Intel, AMD or nVidia, I want something that works well and will work well for several years to come.

I've also looked at older Sandy Bridge 2xxx model CPU's but don't know if they are worth considering, battery life is as good or whether their performance matches up to later gen. I've used laptops with an i5 3210 and GT610. They work well but I wonder whether I'd need an i5 at all and I don't really like the performance of the 610, I'd like something that performs better.

If you guys can recommend something else in about the same price range (400-500 USD) I'd be more than willing to consider. I know it's not much, which is why I'm looking at older or even second hand models.

Thanks a lot for all and any help.
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The Mistress
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Media Server
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A8-6410 Lenovo Lancer 4B2 K16.3 R5 128 Shaders/M230 Hynix 8GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
Samsung 840 120 GB SSD Seagate Momentus 1TB 5400rmp Win 8.1 CMN1487 TN LED 14" 1366*768 
KeyboardPowerMouseMouse Pad
Lenovo AccuType 2900mAh/41Wh Elan Trackpad/Logitech M90 Super Flower 
Audio
AMD Avalon(Connexant) 
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