The graphics card isn't quite as good but it will do what you need. One thing to tell about a graphics cards is to look at the second number in the model #. The higher the 2nd number the better the Gp for gaming. Those processors are basically the same but the one has a higher clock speed. Both of the processors are 64 bit and both probably has a 64 bit version of the OS since they both have over 3 gig. 64 bit can access more memory then a 32 bit. You can install a 32 or 64 bit OS on a 64 bit machine. The 2158 has more memory so the multitasking will be smoother. Monre memory will make the sytem run faster. A faster clock speed processor only advantage is in number crunching. The second one if you want to upgrade the memory you will have to buy to 4 gig chips (which aren't cheap now) and with the machine with 6 gig you have a 4 gig allready and just need to add 1 4 gig to get to 8. To upgrade the 4 gig to 8 you can't use the 2 gig chips that came with the machine.
I can choose between these two, but unfortunately I don't know much/anything about hardware, so I'd be very grateful if someone could advice on which laptop is better for me
I read the difference between 32bit and 64bit, but which of the laptops would be better to use 64bit? The one with 2.26 Ghz and 6GB ram, or 2.4Ghz with 3GB ram? And which Graphic card is better? I usually have several programs open at the same time, and I really hate it when it laggs (not tons of resource hogging programs, little stuff like explorer windows).
I want to use programs like Adobe Photoshop and Visual Studio, and maybe a game every now and then, but it's ok if I can't play the latest games or use the latest fancy shading technology. I'd just appreciate it if I could switch between windows without having to wait 5-10 seconds, or getting random-3-minute-freezes. My current laptop has 512mb ram and 1.6ghz, and I can't start up Photoshop or Visual Studio without making myself a cup of coffee. I'm really glad now that I got some money left to buy a better laptop, but it's still a lot of money for me (I'm a student so I hope someone can help me and I don't make the wrong choice, thanks in advance.