Received free laptop. Should I sell+upgrade or keep?

thymanbearpig

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I was given a laptop through a raffle :D but being the little money tight nerd I am, I want to make the laptop last as long as possible for me.
It's a 15-g059wm. A8 6410, 4GB RAM, 750GB HD.

Already two minor things that bother me: tin can speakers and no bluetooth. The speakers I can deal with just by getting some real ones, and the bluetooth I guess I'm alright with because I won't need to use my bluetooth speakers wirelessly all the time but it'd be a nice feature.
The touchscreen is a fancy plus, but I do not really see myself using it on the daily.

My laptop retails @$380 right now. I have already set it up and installed a couple programs, but it still has new stickers and the whole packaging. I found this similarly price laptop that I think would perform better but I have no real proof of this.

For the bare minimum, since this is my first laptop, I would expect basic functions like web browsing and MS Office and the like to excel on any laptop. I would love it if I could squeeze out some gaming such as TF2. I was also thinking running a VM but I know I'd need more RAM for either laptop.

TL;DR: Do I keep free laptop worth $380 or sell and buy a better laptop.
 

thymanbearpig

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I've been trying to find which one would perform better in games.. I always thought any APU from AMD would beat any Intel HD Graphics.. ?
 

jaguarskx

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The A8-6410 is a budget oriented quad core AMD APU which is based on the Beema family of APUs.

The processing power is a bit less powerful compared to a 4th generation Core i3 CPU even though the A8-6410 is clocked higher. The Radeon R5 (Beema) graphics core is also less powerful than the Intel HD 4400 graphics core; probably about 15% less powerful on average, but it varies depending on the specific game. It is a bit slower than the Intel HD 4000 found in 3rd generation Intel Core CPUs.

For basic everyday use it is fine.
 

thymanbearpig

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So I'm guessing this laptop is outright better than mine :(
The only thing is that mine is touchscreen... I know I'll never find a good use for it, but it's just satisfying knowing that it's there..
 

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