And not speed, I think these are so close in reliability that only fate can tell you which will last longer.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Carrizo-in-Review-How-does-AMD-s-A10-8700P-Perform.147654.0.html finds gaming to blow a lot of red marks. (that's not good.)
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i5-5200U-vs-AMD-A10-8700P shows the CPUs trading punches so no clear winner.
But let's look at gaming on the I5. http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-5500.125586.0.html sees this is not a gamer either.
There is a Dell with the 960m GPU that is suited toward your list of what you want to do. Ask Dell about that model.
I'm looking at a getting new more reliable laptop and am down between two,
1.) Inspiron 15 5000
2.) Inspiron 15 3000
From my knowledge, everything seems even with the exception of the RAM and the processor. The 15 3000 has 12gb of ram which is superior over 8gb from the 15 3000 but my main query is with the processors.
I'm not that framiliar with AMD processors and only ever have had intel's. The 15 5000 has a quad core AMD whereas the 3000 has a dual core I5 5200U. From what I've read, the AMD has a slower clock speed than the I5 so I'm really stuck on which option is better for me.
Main uses of the laptop will be school related ( programming, data collection etc.). I would like to be able to run games smoothly on it but if not it's not a big deal as I have a gaming desktop.
My main question is is there any benefit to getting the AMD processor over the I5 or vice versa?
Thanks for any help