Comparison between two laptops

Xal

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Hi all,
I was hoping you could help me choosing the best characteristics for my future laptop.
Its main use would be for graphics and 3d models. It should be able to run smoothly programs like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Manga Studio and ZBrush.

So I guess I should focus more on the CPU than on the graphic chip?
My budget is 800-900€

At the moment, I'm divided between these two laptops:

Laptop 1

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-4510U, HD 4400 (2 GHz, 4 MB cache, 2 core)
RAM: 12 GB SDRAM DDR3L 1600 MHz (1 x 4 GB, 1 x 8 GB)
Graphic: NVIDIA GeForce 840M (2 GB DDR3)
HD: SATA 1 TB (5400 rpm)

Laptop 2

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-5500U 5th generation (4 MB cache, up to 3 GHz 2 core)
RAM: DDR3L 8 GB , 2 DIMM (2 x 4 GB) 1.600 MHz
Graphic: AMD Radeon™ R7 M270 4GB DDR3
HD: SATA 1 TB (5400 rpm) cache 8 GB


My greatest doubt is on the graphic card. Do I need a powerful GPU only for gaming (which does not interest me for this laptop) or also for these graphic programs I need?

Of course if you can suggest a laptop that suits my needs you are very welcome and I will be really grateful.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Tita
 

CRITICALThinker

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The second rig is going to be the best one overall with a newer processor and a stronger graphics card (the card compares to the 670m but slightly less according to notebookcheck), and unless you need the extra 4GB of RAM the first one gives I would go with the second.
 

Xal

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Thank you for your answer, I thought the NVIDIA was a better graphics card than the AMD Radeon. (For example, is it enough to play, say, Battlefield 4 at low resolution?)
What I really need is SPEED and no crashing or blocking Illustrator or Photoshop.
Is the second laptop enough or should I go for even higher performances? Is the graphics card as important as the CPU or even more (like in gaming) or less?
I'm really confused and I would like to understand for once ^^

Thank you again!
 

CRITICALThinker

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From what I can tell Photoshop likes processor cores and threads (many Intel processors like the ones in the laptops you found act like a quad core laptop despite having 2 cores, because with hyperthreading each core can handle two threads) it also can use a lot of ram, and is capable of using the graphics card as well.

I do not have enough experience with the programs in question, so this is the best that I can help you for your selection, though it seems to be a difference of processor vs amount of ram in the two laptops you have (both should be fine for bf4 at low-med settings)