AMD A8 vs Intel core i5

March 26, 2013 at 11:15:48
Specs: Windows8
In addition to MS Office suite, we want to run photoshop, illustrator, sketchup, and maybe AutoCAD in the future, which should we be looking at:
AMD VisionA8
3.2GHz/12 GB/5400rpm/1TB
with RAEDON 7470 graphics and 1GB dedicated videi memory
or
Intel core i5-3330s
3.2GHz/8GB/5400rpm/1TB
Integrated Graphics...what to upgrade to if necessary?

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#1
March 26, 2013 at 12:16:21
Are these laptops you're asking about? How about posting the make/models?

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#2
March 26, 2013 at 12:43:38
they're desktops,
the AMD et. al are in an Asus Essentio
the Intel et. al are in a Dell Inspiron 660
thanks.

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#3
March 26, 2013 at 22:25:41
http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-6...
A8 isn't faster than core i3 3330s but it got better graphics than core i5 chip.
U need a video card card for graphics works.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php...

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#4
March 27, 2013 at 12:03:17
Thank you for the info. & links.

At equal price point I've found the Dell with a 7200rpm hard drive (more organized specs on both below)

It sounds like I have to prioritize speed/graphics quality. The Dell dealer suggested a GeForce at about $80.00 to get the Dell to match Asus graphics.

My next question (a crap-shoot, I know) is longevity...but I'd like something to think about that if anyone has thoughts.

Also, I'm at a pretty low price point these are new machines...should I look at refurbs instead...what kind of worries does that pose?

Background noise:
This is 1 or 2 years sooner than I wanted to buy a new machine but the motherboard in my 8yr old hand-me-down Dell/Pentium machine is spent. I'm looking to stretch the new one as far as possible as the computing needs at my house will become more interesting and pointed in about 6-7 years. I'd like to think I can get by with a few upgrades until we know what those needs become.

Here's what I'm comparing right now for home & student use: photoshop, illustrator, sketchup, and maybe AutoCAD(Revit?) in the future.

Inspiron 660:
Operating System Windows8
Processors: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3330 processor (up to 3.20 GHz)*
Memory: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz - 2 DIMMs
Video Card: Intel® HD Integrated Graphics
Driver: Dell SRV Software 1506
Hard Drive: 1TB Hard Drive, 3.5", (7200rpm), SATA
Optic Network Card: Built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Wireless: Dell DW 1606WLAN half mini-card

Asus Essentio:
Operating System: Windows8
Processor: AMD A8-Series, VISION A8 APU (3.2GHz)*
Cache Memory: 4MB
System Memory: (RAM) 12GB DDR3 Expandable To 32GB
Hard Drive Type: 1TB, SATA (5400 rpm)
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7470 Type of graphics (video) adapter (usually built into the motherboard), identified by manufacturer and model.
Video Memory 1GB (dedicated)
Wireless Networking None
Graphics Chip AMD/ATI

*As quoted from info. in the Asus Essentio spec.page:
How fast a computer processor carries out instructions. In general, faster is better, but processor speeds across brands may not be equivalent (i.e., a 3.0GHz AMD processor may not be the same speed as a 3.0GHz Intel processor).


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#5
March 27, 2013 at 13:15:01
If the 8 year old hard drive is an IDE/PATA type, the Dell with the I5 may not have any motherboard controllers for the IDE hard drive. Be sure to check that out.

A s kuwese stated, you need a dedicated graphics card to properly run the programs you mentioned above.

Something else to consider. Most of the time when buying a pre-configured OEM computer the power supply is barely adequate for the configured hardware. Powerful graphics cards may need a more powerful power supply.


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#6
April 4, 2013 at 09:24:47
OK, sounds like of the two I'm looking at with my low budget the Asus Essentio is looking a little better (?)... asking around about the graphics related to rendering...
I hear AMD processors over heat--is that a concern for a part-time user?
and
Some recommend staying away from Raedon Graphics cards as they are not optimized for 3d art--??

Operating System: Windows8
Processor: AMD A8-Series, VISION A8 APU (3.2GHz)*
Cache Memory: 4MB
System Memory: (RAM) 12GB DDR3 Expandable To 32GB
Hard Drive Type: 1TB, SATA (5400 rpm)
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7470 Type of graphics (video) adapter
Video Memory 1GB (dedicated)
Graphics Chip AMD/ATI


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