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I want to buy a laptop which can handle both processor intensive and graphical intensive work. It should have a good battery life and latest specifications. And please tell me that Amd Turion x64 is better or an Intel Processor. Please suggest.

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Sorry, no.

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One can't make a blanket statement that Ford or Chevy is better. We'd have to compare exact models.

I hope you can take the time to read a discussion where we work through some requirements and compare some desktops that run a current CAD program to end up at some possible laptop models. Here's the discussion.

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7587_102-0.html?forumID=69&threadID=228086&messageID=2375292

-> Let me be blunt. The battery time will be TERRIBLE on such machines. Those 3D chipsets, big screens eat battery power for lunch. So that means you'll see about a hour on the battery pack.

Bob

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It's one or the other

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All those processor and graphics intensive tasks require power, and that will drain the laptop's battery very quickly. So you're going to have to pick one or the other. High performance or good battery life, because you can't have both.

You're also limited with upgrade options on laptops. For the most part, what you buy is what you're stuck with for the life of the laptop. You can add more RAM, and on some models you can replace the video card, but that's about it. Everything else tends to be hard wired to the system.

I would say that what you want is a desktop. Laptops are not ideal platforms for computationally or graphically intensive programs. Largely in part because of the power requirements will mean you're tethered to an AC outlet much of the time anyway, but also the upgrade limitations mentioned above, so why not get a desktop?

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