Wanting a cheap laptop for casual use

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I’m looking to spend not much more than 500$ on a laptop. I want to use it for social media, Streaming videos, music, taxes, rollercoaster tycoon and web browsing. Would Lenovo Ideapad 310 15.6" A10-9600P / 12GB RAM / 1TB HD / AMD Radeon R5 Graphics / Windows 10 Laptop (80ST005UUS) be a good option for me?
Is the graphics card any good? How does it compare to laptops running intel?

Was also considering Acer Aspire E 15.6” (intel core i3-7100u/1tb hdd/8gb ram/win 10)
 

jaguarskx

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The AMD A10-9600P and the Intel i3-7100u are more or less similar in both processor performance and integrated graphics performance.

You can buy the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM at Amazon for $349. It only has 4GB of RAM so you need to purchase and install a stick of 4GB DDR4 RAM to get a total of 8GB for another $45 bringing the total to $394.

https://www.amazon.com/Acer-E5-575-33BM-15-6-Inch-Notebook-Generation/dp/B01K1IO3QW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1519397355&sr=8-3&keywords=acer+i3-7100u

https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-Single-PC4-19200-Unbuffered-260-Pin/dp/B019FRDKWI/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1519397548&sr=1-3&keywords=4gb+ddr4+sodimm


The following video shows you how to upgrade the RAM in that laptop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVSGCWwDfs0
 

jgustin7b

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Rollercoaster tycoon would be the most demanding task of them all...and it doesn’t require too much resources. I was going to say get a chrome book, but the Acer one will do just fine for your tasks.
 

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Not sure if that breaks the bank, but it’s pretty good, user won’t be using more than 500 gigs for web browsing and a game or two. And it’s at SSD speeds vs traditional hdd speeds. And just better overall specs.
 

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I’m assuming you’re not much of a multitasker? Regardless, the CPU in the dell one should be working a lot faster than the Lenovo one, therefore, less lag
 

jaguarskx

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The AMD A10-9600P and the Intel i3-7100u are more or less similar in both processor performance and integrated graphics performance.

You can buy the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM at Amazon for $349. It only has 4GB of RAM so you need to purchase and install a stick of 4GB DDR4 RAM to get a total of 8GB for another $45 bringing the total to $394.

https://www.amazon.com/Acer-E5-575-33BM-15-6-Inch-Notebook-Generation/dp/B01K1IO3QW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1519397355&sr=8-3&keywords=acer+i3-7100u

https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-Single-PC4-19200-Unbuffered-260-Pin/dp/B019FRDKWI/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1519397548&sr=1-3&keywords=4gb+ddr4+sodimm


The following video shows you how to upgrade the RAM in that laptop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVSGCWwDfs0
 
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