Any Intel i3 or i5 based laptop with 4 gigs of ram should do fine. The integrated HD video is all you should need as long as your not a gamer. On the AMD side any Athlon II, Phenom II or Turion II based laptop with integrated HD 4250 or higher video and 4 gigs of RAM should do the trick. Generally Intel will have the upper hand in CPU power and AMD will have the upper hand in GPU power. Intel laptops generally have longer battery run times than AMD. AMD laptops generally have better pricing. For what you want a laptop for, either one should do just fine.
Originally Posted by soleiman89
What I would recommend is finding out what laptop brands/models you like first. Look, feel, layout etc. and then start looking at specs. This may be a lot of leg work but you will not be happy with any laptop if it does not feel good to you. Once you know what you like get the fastest CPU and the options you need or want within your price range.
My wife needed a new laptop a few months back. First on the list was a feel of quality. Most laptops I looked at looked and felt cheap. Excessive flexing of the chassis and lid was a huge turn off. Cost was a factor as I wanted decent build quality at a decent price. I ended up getting her a MSI A6200 (CR620 out side the US) with an i3 350, 4 gigs of ram, 320 gig drive for $500 US. Nothing else I could find for $500 came close to the build quality and specs. If I figured correctly you have a little over $900 US to spend which should open up more options. I would still take a look at MSI laptops. BTW the A6200 laptop has no problem driving my 40 inch Samsung 1080p HDTV via HDMI. DVD's, streaming video all play smooth.
Once you find a few laptops you like feel free to post some links so we can assist you in the final selection.
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